Friday, December 31, 2021

Loss of Control on Ground: Piper PA-28R-180 Cherokee Arrow, N7476J; accident occurred June 14, 2021 at Corpus Christi International Airport (KCRP), Nueces County, Texas

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; San Antonio, Texas

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:
Location: Corpus Christi, Texas
Accident Number: CEN21LA269
Date and Time: June 14, 2021, 14:50 Local
Registration: N7476J
Aircraft: Piper PA-28R-180
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground 
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal


The pilot reported that the airplane’s cockpit temperature was extremely hot during the taxi to the runway. During the takeoff roll, the pilot applied full engine power and the airplane drifted left of the runway centerline. The pilot attempted to correct with a right rudder input, but the airplane continued to go to the left. The airplane struck a runway sign and lights on the left side of the runway, which resulted in substantial damage to the right wing. Postaccident examination of the airplane revealed no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot’s failure to maintain directional control during the takeoff roll.


Personnel issues Aircraft control - Pilot
Aircraft Directional control - Not attained/maintained

Factual Information

History of Flight

Takeoff Loss of control on ground (Defining event)
Takeoff Attempted remediation/recovery
Takeoff Runway excursion

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private 
Age: 55, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land 
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None 
Restraint Used: Lap only
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None 
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: Class 2 Without waivers/limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: May 15, 2020
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: April 27, 2021
Flight Time: 134 hours (Total, all aircraft), 26 hours (Total, this make and model), 11 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 28 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 10 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper 
Registration: N7476J
Model/Series: PA-28R-180 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1968 
Amateur Built:
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal 
Serial Number: 28R-30831
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: Annual 
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2500 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed 
Engine Model/Series: IO-360
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 180
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC) 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KCRP, 44 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 14:51 Local 
Direction from Accident Site: 235°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 3500 ft AGL
Visibility: 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 6 knots / 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 40° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / Unknown
Altimeter Setting: 29.93 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 36°C / 21°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Corpus Christi, TX (CRP) 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Brownsville, TX (BRO)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 14:50 Local
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 46 ft msl 
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 13/31
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 7510 ft / 150 ft 
VFR Approach/Landing: None

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor 
Latitude, Longitude: 27.774741,-97.510801 (est)


  1. I'm not with the grammar police, but this is pathetic. Our certificates state "English proficient" on them, but you see so many basic spelling mistakes on these pilot report forms. "Yolk", "rutter", "breaks" and so on. We look like a bunch of illiterate amateurs..

    1. ^^You can thank our teacher union run public edumacation concubines churning out low information useful idiots who are taught the highly important subjects of women's issues, capitalism is bad, and America is inherently racist. Who needs to learn proper English or math or US history or US government civics?


      Love how they refer to airlines cancelling flights because of staffing shortages … which has nothing to do with kids and schools.