NTSB Identification: ATL88LA192.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36900.
Accident occurred Friday, June 10, 1988 in MCCORMICK, SC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/08/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-38-112, registration: N2609G
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 STUDENT PILOT WAS ON HER SECOND SOLO CROSS COUNTRY FLIGHT. SHE HAD DEPTD DONALDSON CENTER NEAR GREENVILLE, SC AND HAD FLOWN TO ATHENS, GA WHERE SHE HAD COMPLETED A TOUCH AND GO LANDING. SHE THEN PROCEEDED TO MCCORMICK, SC AND FLEW OVER THE AIRPORT TO CHECK THE WINDSOCK. IT WAS FAVORING RWY 36. WHEN SHE WAS ON EITHER BASE OR FINAL SHE STATED THAT THE WIND WAS 'SWITCHING AROUND'. SHE FLEW A NORMAL FINAL USING THE SLIP METHOD TO CORRECT FOR DRIFT. AT TOUCHDOWN SHE STATED THAT THE AIRPLANE TOUCHED DOWN HARD ON ALL THREE WHEELS AND THE NEXT THING SHE KNEW THE AIRPLANE HAD COME TO STOP ON ITS NOSE. THE STUDENT HAD ABOUT 15 HOURS IN THE AIRPLANE AT THE TIME, OF WHICH 5 HOURS WERE SOLO.

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

AIRSPEED..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

FLARE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

DIRECTIONAL CONTROL..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND



Contributing Factors

COMPENSATION FOR WIND CONDITIONS..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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