Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Loss of Control on Ground: Piper PA-32-300 Cherokee Six, N1409X; accident occurred March 27, 2020 at Fairbanks International Airport (PAFA), Alaska

Accident airplane at accident site. 

Accident airplane’s damaged engine mount. 

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Fairbanks, Alaska

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket  - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Fairbanks, AK
Accident Number: ANC20CA040
Date & Time: 03/27/2020, 1800 AKS
Registration: N1409X
Aircraft: Piper PA32
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries:1 None 
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

The pilot was attempting to land in strong gusting crosswind conditions. After touchdown the airplane veered sharply to the left, exited the runway and impacted a snowbank sustaining substantial damage to the engine mount. The pilot reported no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions that would have precluded normal operations.

In the recommendation section of the NTSB Accident/Incident Reporting Form 6120.1, the pilot stated that the accident may have been prevented if he had received more instruction in crosswind conditions.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 58, 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: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 06/21/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 02/03/2020
Flight Time:  86.9 hours (Total, all aircraft), 41.1 hours (Total, this make and model)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Model/Series: PA32 300
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1975
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 32-7540155
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 08/01/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3400 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 2203.16 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-540-K1A5
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 300 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:
Distance from Accident Site:
Observation Time: 0153 UTC
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 20000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 15 knots / 23 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 70°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 29.91 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: -10°C / -22°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Ruby, AK (RBY)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Destination: Fairbanks, AK (FAI)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1630 AKS
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Airport: Fairbanks Intl (FAI)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation:439 ft 
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 02R
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 6501 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Straight-in

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: 64.815000, -147.856389 (est)

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