NTSB Identification: FTW88LA135.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38440.
Accident occurred Wednesday, July 20, 1988 in LA GRANGE, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/04/1990
Aircraft: PIPER PA-24-260, registration: N8949P
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 SAID HE FLEW OVER THE AIRPORT AND FOUND THE WINDS FAVORED A LANDING ON RUNWAY 18. HE SAID HE DESCENDED TO THE DOWNWIND LEG, AND WHEN HE ADDED POWER, THE ENGINE WOULD NOT RESPOND. HOWEVER, HE SAID THE ENGINE CONTINUED TO RUN. HE DECIDED TO MAKE AN ABBREVIATED PATTERN, USE FULL FLAPS, AND LAND ON THE LAST HALF OF THE RUNWAY. THE TIRE SKID MARKS START 600 FEET FROM THE END OF THE RUNWAY, THEN CONTINUED TO THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE END. THE AIRCRAFT STRUCK SEVERAL RUNWAY LIGHTS, WENT DOWN AN EMBANKMENT, THEN STRUCK A FENCE POST. AN FAA INSPECTOR EXAMINED THE WRECKAGE AND WAS UNABLE TO DETERMINE A REASON FOR A LACK OF ENGINE RESPONSE.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:PROPER TOUCHDOWN POINT..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND
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