Sunday, July 12, 2020

Loss of Control in Flight: Piper PA-28R-180 Cherokee Arrow, N3725T; accident occurred July 06, 2020 at Samuels Field Airport (KBRY), Bardstown, Nelson County, Kentucky

View of the airplane at the accident site and the substantially damaged right wing.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Louisville, Kentucky

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:  https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf



Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

https://registry.faa.gov/N3725T

Location: Bardstown, KY
Accident Number: ERA20CA240
Date & Time: 07/06/2020, 1140 EDT
Registration: N3725T
Aircraft: Piper PA28R
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control in flight
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional

The commercial pilot reported that he was preparing for a flight instructor practical examination, with a flight instructor onboard acting as a student pilot. After demonstrating several normal and short field takeoff and landings, the commercial pilot began to demonstrate a soft field takeoff. The commercial pilot reported that he "smoothly applied full power" and verified that the engine instruments were operating normally. He further reported that shortly after liftoff, while the airplane was in ground effect, the left wing dipped, and he attempted to correct the lateral bank with right aileron, however the left-wing continued drop. Subsequently, the flight instructor stated, "we're stalling!" as the airplane touched down on the left side of the runway in a nose high, left wing down attitude. The airplane veered off the runway and the right main landing gear collapsed. During the runway excursion, the right wing sustained substantial damage. Neither pilots reported any preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 37, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 12/18/2019
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 03/23/2019
Flight Time: (Estimated) 273 hours (Total, all aircraft), 69 hours (Total, this make and model), 191 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 23 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 6 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Flight Instructor Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 45, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Multi-engine; Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 10/18/2018
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 03/05/2020
Flight Time: 1252 hours (Total, all aircraft), 77 hours (Total, this make and model), 1185 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N3725T
Model/Series: PA28R 180
Aircraft Category:Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1967
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate:Normal
Serial Number: 28R-30031
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 06/23/2020, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2500 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 3272.3 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-360-B1E
Registered Owner: Ralsten Aircraft Leasing LLC.
Rated Power: 180 hp
Operator: NexGen Aviation LLC.
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Pilot School (141)

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: BRY, 669 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1135 EDT
Direction from Accident Site: 206°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility: 10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 3 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction:200°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.05 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point:27°C / 21°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Louisville, KY (LOU)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Bardstown, KY (BRY)
Type of Clearance: VFR Flight Following
Departure Time: 1020 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Samuels Field (BRY)
Runway Surface Type:Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 668 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 03
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5003 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 37.814444, -85.499722 (est)

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