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Piper J3C-65, N3453K: Accident occurred October 04, 2021 at Garberville Airport (O16), Humboldt County, California

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Oakland, California


Location: Garberville, CA
Accident Number: WPR22LA008
Date & Time: October 4, 2021, 12:00 Local 
Registration: N3453K
Aircraft: Piper J3C-65 Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On October 4, 2021, about 1200 Pacific daylight time, a Piper J3C-65, N3453K, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Garberville, California. The pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot of the tailwheel equipped airplane reported that, as the tailwheel touched down, the airplane veered to the right. He applied power to abort the landing; however, the airplane did not have enough airspeed, exited the right side of the runway and impacted an unoccupied parked airplane.

Postaccident examination of the airplane revealed that the right wing and both wing lift struts were substantially damaged. The examination also showed that the airplane’s tailwheel would only rotate in one direction.

The wreckage was recovered for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper 
Registration: N3453K
Model/Series: J3C-65
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operator: On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KFOT,391 ft msl
Observation Time: 12:15 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 32 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 17°C /12°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , 300°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Garberville, CA 
Destination: Garberville, CA

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 40.085433,-123.81414 (est)

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