NTSB Identification: MIA88FA191.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36343.
Accident occurred Tuesday, June 14, 1988 in VERO BEACH, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/09/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-38-112, registration: N2387T
Injuries: 1 Minor.

NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE 25 YR OLD STUDENT PLT WAS PRACTICING TAKE-OFFS & LDGS ON RWY 11L IN PREPARATION FOR HIS PVT PLT FLT TEST. WHEN HE DEPARTED, ABOUT 1.9 HRS PRIOR TO THE ACCIDENT, THE WINDS WERE 090 DEGS AT 13 KNTS. AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT THE WINDS HAD INCREASED TO 18 KNTS WITH TURBULENCE. THE STUDENT PLT HAD REQUIRED EXTRA INSTRUCTION IN THE AREA OF X-WIND LDGS PREVIOUSLY. HE STATED HE WAS USING RUDDER ONLY TO CORRECT FOR DRIFT & DID NOT USE AILERON AS HE WAS AFRAID HE WOULD DRAG A WING. THE ACFT WAS OBSERVED FLYING AN ERRATIC FINAL, LOSING DIRECTIONAL CONTROL DURING TOUCHDOWN & DEPARTING THE RUNWAY. THE AIRCRAFT THEN FLIPPED OVER TO AN INVERTED POSITION.

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

DIRECTIONAL CONTROL..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CROSSWIND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..TURBULENCE


Contributing Factors

AIRCRAFT HANDLING..NOT UNDERSTOOD..PILOT IN COMMAND

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