NTSB Identification: CHI91LA191.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 44082.
Accident occurred Friday, June 14, 1991 in EAGLE BEND, MN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/31/1993
Aircraft: PIPER PA-22-150, registration: N3130Z
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.
THE PILOT TOOK OFF WITH AN AIRSPEED INDICATOR WHICH WAS NOT FUNCTIONING PROPERLY. UPON ARRIVAL AT THE 50 FOOT WIDE SOD RUNWAY AIRPORT THE PILOT ATTEMPTED ONE LANDING APPROACH AND PERFORMED A GO AROUND DUE TO OVER SHOOTING THE RUNWAY. THE NEXT APPROACH FLOWN RESULTED IN A LANDING, ACCORDING TO THE PILOT, ABOUT 40 PERCENT DOWN THE RUNWAY. THE PILOT SAID HE DIDN'T KNOW HOW FAST HE WAS GOING OVER THE GROUND, BUT 'THINGS SEEMED QUICKER THAN THEY NORMALLY DID.' THE PILOT STATED THAT HE TOUCHED DOWN ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE RUNWAY WITH A SLIGHT RIGHT YAW ATTITUDE. THE AIRPLANE CONTINUED ITS LANDING ROLL TO THE RIGHT UNTIL IT DEPARTED THE RUNWAY AND NOSED OVER AFTER ENTERING A PLOWED FIELD.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: THE PILOT IN COMMAND'S FAILURE TO ATTAIN PROPER ALIGNMENT WITH THE RUNWAY. FACTORS CONTRIBUTING TO THIS ACCIDENT WERE AN UNRELIABLE AIRSPEED INDICATOR AND THE PILOT'S DECISION TO OPERATE WITH THIS KNOWN DEFICIENCY.
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