Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Loss of Control on Ground: Piper PA-28R-200 Arrow II, N41429; accident occurred March 06, 2020 at Magic Valley Regional Airport (KTWF), Twin Falls County, Idaho

Right wing damage 

Right wing damage 

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Boise, Idaho

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Twin Falls, ID
Accident Number: WPR20CA100
Date & Time: 03/06/2020, 1040 MST
Registration: N41429
Aircraft: Piper PA28R
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot reported that during the takeoff roll with a reported 80° left crosswind of 18 knots, with gusts to 24 knots, the airplane unexpectedly became airborne due to a wind gust. The pilot aborted the takeoff when the airplane drifted off the right side of the runway, and landed in the dirt, closed the throttle and applied braking. As the airplane continued forward its right wing collided with a runway approach light, which resulted in substantial damage to the right wing.

The pilot reported no mechanical anomalies with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 63, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: BasicMed None
Last FAA Medical Exam: 12/12/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 07/01/2018
Flight Time:  358 hours (Total, all aircraft), 283 hours (Total, this make and model), 358 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 6 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 4 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N41429
Model/Series: PA28R 200
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1974
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 28R-7435180
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 04/05/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2650 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 59 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 5302.4 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C126 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-360-CIC
Registered Owner: Straight Arrow LLC
Rated Power: 200 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KTWF, 4154 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site:
Observation Time: 1032 MST
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 18 knots / 24 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 180°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.02 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C / -7°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Twin Falls, ID (KTWF)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Jackpot, NV (K06U)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1040 MST
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Airport: Joslin Field - Magic Valley Re (KTWF)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 4154 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 26
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 8703 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Forced Landing 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 42.483333, -114.484722 (est)

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