NTSB Identification: CHI96LA012.
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Accident occurred Wednesday, October 18, 1995 in WAKEENEY, KS
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/09/1996
Aircraft: PIPER PA-24-260, registration: N8866P
Injuries: 2 Minor,1 Uninjured.

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THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED DURING AN UNPLANNED EN ROUTE STOP AT TREGO WAKEENEY AIRPORT. THE PILOT RECEIVED NO AIRPORT ADVISORIES AND USED THE WINDS ALOFT TO SET UP HIS APPROACH TO RUNWAY 35. THE PILOT DID NOT SEE THE WIND SOCK UNTIL TURNING TO BASE LEG. THE WIND SOCK INDICATED THE OPPOSITE WIND DIRECTION, AND THE PILOT CONTINUED THE APPROACH FOR LANDING. AN EYEWITNESS NOTICED THE AIRPLANE WAS IN A 40 DEGREE ANGLE OF BANK TURNING TO FINAL. THE EYEWITNESS ALSO STATED THE PILOT FAILED TO OVERFLY THE AIRPORT TO VERIFY RUNWAY AND WIND CONDITIONS. THE WIND DIRECTION WAS REPORTED OUT OF 150 DEGREES AT 15 KNOTS WITH GUSTS OF 20 KNOTS. THE PILOT STATED THAT A NOTICEABLE CHANGE IN AIRSPEED AND LIFT OCCURRED WHILE TURNING FINAL FOR RUNWAY 35. HE SAID HE APPLIED FULL POWER, BUT COULD NOT CONTROL HIS RATE OF DESCENT BEFORE CONTACTING THE GROUND IN AN OPEN FIELD ABOUT 500 FEET SHORT OF THE RUNWAY. AFTER TOUCHDOWN, THE AIRPLANE CONTINUED ABOUT 300 FEET, CROSSED A ROAD, AND HIT A THREE FOOT HIGH EMBANKMENT (DIRT BANK).

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

FAILURE OF THE PILOT TO MAINTAIN SUFFICIENT ALTITUDE AND AIRSPEED ON FINAL APPROACH TO REACH THE PROPER TOUCHDOWN POINT FOR LANDING. A FACTOR RELATING TO THE ACCIDENT WAS: THE PILOT'S SELECTION OF THE WRONG RUNWAY FOR LANDING.

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