Accident Piper PA-28R-200 Arrow N5033S,
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Date:Monday 12 January 2015
Type:Silhouette image of generic P28R model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piper PA-28R-200 Arrow
Owner/operator:Deland Aviation
Registration: N5033S
MSN: 28R-35762
Year of manufacture:1970
Total airframe hrs:2633 hours
Engine model:Lycoming IO-360-C1C5
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Location:DeLand Municipal Airport (KDED), DeLand, FL -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:New Smyrna, FL (EVB)
Destination airport:Deland, FL (DED)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot stated that he had decided to return to his originating airport after having been advised by air traffic control of an inbound thunderstorm during a local flight. The pilot obtained an instrument flight rules clearance and headed towards the airport, which was in the direction of the storm. During the first landing attempt on runway 30, the pilot noted strong wind gusts and "extreme precipitation," but elected to continue the landing. About 30 feet above the runway, a "strong windshear" forced the airplane onto the runway, which resulted in substantial damage to the left wing. The airplane subsequently lifted off the ground again and the pilot initiated a go-around. The pilot circled the runway and aborted three more attempts before he successfully landed the airplane. He reported that there were no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or anomalies that could have precluded normal operation. The pilot stated that he had obtained some weather information prior to his departure, but was not aware of the thunderstorm. A review of weather radar revealed the presence of strong winds and heavy precipitation over the pilot's originating airport at the time of the accident. Winds reported at the accident site about 10 minutes after the accident were from 320 degrees at 16 knots, gusting to 27 knots. There were also area forecasts for convective activity had been issued for the pilot's route of flight about one hour and thirty minutes prior to his departure.
Probable Cause: The pilot's inadequate preflight weather planning and decision to land in an area with forecasted convective activity, which resulted in a hard landing.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: ERA15CA116
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report




Revision history:

03-Feb-2015 16:48 Geno Added
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
01-Dec-2017 11:48 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
02-Jun-2019 17:54 eiffel65 Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Damage, Narrative]

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