Accident Piper PA-28-161 N38355, Sunday 25 July 2004
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Date:Sunday 25 July 2004
Time:16:20
Type:Silhouette image of generic P28A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piper PA-28-161
Owner/operator:New Garden Aviation Inc
Registration: N38355
MSN: 28-7716245
Year of manufacture:1977
Total airframe hrs:6858 hours
Engine model:Lycoming O-320
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Category:Accident
Location:Toughkenamon, PA -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Toughkenamon, PA (N57)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Narrative:
The pilot was conducting touch and go landings. According to a witness, after one landing, he heard the airplane's engine power up, then reduce power, then power up again. He looked toward the sound and saw the airplane in the grass, "fishtailing as would a wheelbarrow." The airplane missed a group of fuel pumps, continued down a hill, collided with parked cars next to a hangar at what appeared to be a high rate of speed and full throttle, then exploded. Another witness heard the airplane at "high power," then saw it on the ground and "out of control." The airplane missed the fuel pumps, but proceeded "down the taxiway until it impacted the hangar and immediately burst into flames." A third witness heard the airplane "power up, then back to about idle, then full power," but did not see the airplane, but heard the impact. Wheel tracks in the grass were consistent with the airplane entering a left skid, followed by the nosewheel centering, then a right skid, before the nosewheel again centered. The airplane continued down a small hill, first in a slight right turn, then turned back toward the impact site. The airplane subsequently struck a parked airplane with its left wing, then collided with parked vehicles, and burst into flames next to a hangar. The total distance traveled off the runway was about 1,100 feet. The airplane was consumed by fire, except for the left wing and portion of the left cabin area, and the only flight control surfaces that could be accounted for were the left wing flap and aileron. However, all flight control cables were found, and continuity was confirmed to where the cables would have joined their corresponding surfaces. Threads on the pitch trim actuator corresponded to an approximately "slightly nose down" trim position. An examination of the engine revealed no catastrophic failures, and both propeller blades were fractured, consistent with power at impact. According to the airplane's maintenance log, the stabilator bearings were removed and replaced on July 16, 2004. The last two pilots to fly the airplane before the accident pilot, together 6 and 5 days before the accident, reported no mechanical anomalies. The pilot reported 140 hours of flight time, and there was no evidence of pre-accident physical impairment.


Probable Cause: The pilot's decision to add power, in an attempt to abort the landing after the airplane had veered off the runway. A factor was the pilot's failure to maintain directional control after the landing.

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: IAD04FA033
Status: Investigation completed
Duration:
Download report: Final report

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20040728X01084&key=1

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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
28-Oct-2008 00:45 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
07-Dec-2017 18:11 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]

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