Wednesday, July 08, 2020

Collision During Landing: Piper PA-22-150 Tri-Pacer, N7208D; accident occurred July 4, 2020 in Tyonek, Alaska

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident. 

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

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Tyonek, AK
Accident Number: ANC20CA066
Date & Time: 07/04/2020, 1330 AKD
Registration: N7208D
Aircraft: Piper PA22
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Collision during takeoff/land
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal


The pilot reported that, during landing on a remote, unimproved airstrip, the airplane bounced, and the pilot decided to go around. During the takeoff climb, the airplane impacted tall vegetation at the end of the airstrip. The left wing and horizontal stabilizer sustained substantial damage.

The pilot stated there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or anomalies that would have precluded normal operation.

The pilot stated that the airstrip was sloped upward in the direction of landing, and the temperature was very warm, which limited the airplane's performance. He stated that the accident may have been prevented if he had considered the go-around limitations before attempting to land.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's decision to land at an unimproved airstrip with limited go-around capabilities, his improper landing flare and aborted landing, and his subsequent failure to attain sufficient altitude to clear vegetation during an attempted go-around.


Environmental issues (general) - Decision related to condition
Aircraft Landing flare - Incorrect use/operation
Aircraft Altitude - Not attained/maintained
Personnel issues Aircraft control - Pilot

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing-aborted after touchdown Collision during takeoff/land (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial; Remote
Age: 33, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land; Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Unmanned (sUAS)
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed:No 
Medical Certification: Class 1 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 02/14/2018
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  1054 hours (Total, all aircraft), 150 hours (Total, this make and model), 954 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 250 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 65 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N7208D
Model/Series: PA22 150
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1957
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 22-5032
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Date/Type of Last Inspection:
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2000 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
Engine Model/Series: O-320 SERIES
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 150
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: PAEN, 92 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 47 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2053 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 145°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 7 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 220°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 30.05 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 20°C / 12°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Birchwood, AK (BCV)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Birchwood, AK (BCV)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1200 AKD
Type of Airspace: Class G

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 61.220000, -152.160000 (est)

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