NTSB Identification: ATL94FA024.
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Accident occurred Sunday, November 28, 1993 in MOUNT AIRY, NC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/20/1994
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-180, registration: N7950W
Injuries: 1 Fatal,2 Serious,1 Minor.

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THE PILOT MADE A DOWNWIND LANDING AND THE AIRCRAFT VEERED OFF THE RUNWAY TO THE RIGHT. THERE WERE 10 HORIZONTAL SLASH MARKS, MADE IN THE SOD BY THE AIRCRAFT PROPELLER, LOCATED 20 FEET OFF THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE RUNWAY. THE AIRCRAFT THEN IMPACTED A ROCK WALL AT THE BOTTOM OF A DRAINAGE DITCH LOCATED BETWEEN THE TAXIWAY AND THE RUNWAY, WHERE THE RIGHT MAIN LANDING GEAR WAS SEPARATED FROM THE AIRCRAFT. THE PILOT THEN DECIDED TO ABORT THE LANDING, ADDED POWER, AND MANAGED TO BECOME AIRBORNE. THE AIRCRAFT WAS OBSERVED TO BE TURNING TO THE LEFT, AND IN A NOSE DOWN ATTITUDE AS IT DISAPPEARED FROM VIEW. THE AIRCRAFT IMPACTED A RESIDENCE APPROXIMATELY 1/2 MILE EAST OF THE RUNWAY.

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

THE PILOT'S IMPROPER DECISION TO LAND DOWNWIND, FAILURE TO CONTROL THE AIRCRAFT ON THE GROUND, AND HIS DECISION TO ABORT THE LANDING AFTER LOSS OF CONTROL AND DAMAGE TO THE AIRCRAFT ON THE GROUND. A FACTOR IN THE ACCIDENT WAS THE GUSTY TAIL WIND AT THE TIME OF LANDING.

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