NTSB Identification: FTW88LA166.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 38800.
Accident occurred Wednesday, September 28, 1988 in FORT WORTH, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/16/1990
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-140, registration: N4683R
Injuries: 2 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 PVT PLT (PIC) WAS FLYING WITH AN INSTRUCTOR (CFI), WHO HAD AN EXPIRED MEDICAL CERTIFICATE. THE CFI STATED HE WAS FLYING AS A SAFETY PLT ONLY. THE PIC EXTENDED HIS DOWNWIND LEG & SUBSEQUENTLY WAS LOW & SLOW ON A LONG FINAL APCH. HE RAISED THE NOSE OF THE ACFT TO CLEAR SOME POWER LINES, THEN THE ACFT DEVELOPED A SINK RATE THAT THE PIC WAS UNABLE TO CORRECT WITH FULL POWER. SUBSEQUENTLY, THE ACFT TOUCHED DOWN SHORT OF THE RWY, HIT A FENCE & WAS DAMAGED. THE CFI SAID HE HAD APPLIED FULL POWER, BUT WAS TOO LATE TO RECOVER BEFORE TOUCHING DOWN. THE PIC HAD ONLY 1 HR IN THIS MAKE & MODEL & WAS UNFAMILIAR WITH ITS GLIDE & LANDING CHARACTERISTICS. ALSO, HE SAID HE WAS SLIGHTLY DISTRACTED BY A TRAIN WHICH WAS APCHG FROM THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION & WAS PASSING THE ARPT ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE RWY.

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

DISTANCE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

ALTITUDE..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

AIRSPEED..MISJUDGED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

REMEDIAL ACTION..DELAYED..OTHER CREWMEMBER


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..FENCE


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE IN TYPE OF AIRCRAFT..PILOT IN COMMAND

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