NTSB Identification: SEA92LA178.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 46694.
Accident occurred Wednesday, August 12, 1992 in PACIFIC CITY, OR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/26/1993
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-140, registration: N2328Q
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.
NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
AT THE END OF A CROSS COUNTRY PLEASURE FLIGHT, THE PILOT SET-UP FOR A LANDING ON RUNWAY 14. WHILE ON DOWNWIND, THE PILOT NOTED THAT THE WIND SOCK WAS LIMP, SO HE DECIDED TO MAKE A 180 DEGREE TURN AND LAND ON RUNWAY 32. AFTER THE AIRPLANE TOUCHED DOWN, THE PILOT FELT THE AIRPLANE BEING PUSHED BY A TAILWIND. THE AIRPLANE BECAME AIRBORNE AND THE PILOT FORCED THE AIRPLANE BACK TO THE RUNWAY. THE PILOT APPLIED BRAKES; HOWEVER, THE AIRPLANE BEGAN TO SKID. SEEING THAT HE WAS RUNNING OUT OF RUNWAY TO STOP, AND ANTICIPATING AN ACCIDENT, THE PILOT APPLIED FULL POWER TO CLEAR A TWO FOOT FENCE AT THE END OF THE RUNWAY, AND A PUBLIC ROAD THAT RUNS PERPENDICULAR TO THE RUNWAY; HOWEVER, THE LEFT HORIZONTAL STABILIZER CONTACTED THE FENCE. THE AIRPLANE CONTINUED OVER THE ROAD AND THE LEFT WING CONTACTED, AND WAS SEPARATED BY, A CAR PARKED NEXT TO A BUILDING APPROXIMATELY 100 FEET FROM THE END OF THE RUNWAY. THE AIRPLANE CONTINUED ALONG THE SIDE OF THE BUILDING, CONTACTING THE NORTHEAST CORNER. THE AIRPLANE THEN CAME TO REST ON ITS LEFT SIDE.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: THE PILOT SELECTED THE WRONG RUNWAY RELATIVE TO THE WIND AND THEN DELAYED IN ABORTING THE LANDING. THE TAILWIND WAS A FACTOR.
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