NTSB Identification: MIA89LA003.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37824.
Accident occurred Wednesday, October 05, 1988 in FORT PIERCE, FL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 12/03/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-38-112, registration: N91323
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.

WHILE PRACTICING MANEUVERS NEAR A GRASS AIRSTRIP, THE LEFT SIDE OF THE ENGINE COWLING OPENED. THE PLT ELECTED TO PERFORM A LOW PASS TO OBSERVE WIND DIRECTION, THEN A PRECAUTIONARY LANDING AT THE AIRSTRIP. AFTER TOUCHDOWN, THE ACFT BECAME AIRBORNE AND DRIFTED OFF THE RWY, STRIKING THEN COMING TO REST UPRIGHT AT A DIKE. ACCORDING TO THE CHIEF PILOT OF THE FLIGHT SCHOOL, THERE WAS A 60-70 DEGREE, 15 KNOT CROSSWIND AT THE AIRSTRIP WHEN HE ARRIVED ONE HOUR AFTER THE ACCIDENT. NO MECHANICAL FAILURES OR MALFUNCTIONS WERE REPORTED.

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

PROPER ALIGNMENT..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

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


Contributing Factors

COOLING SYSTEM,COWLING..UNLATCHED


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CROSSWIND


Contributing Factors

DIVERTED ATTENTION..PILOT IN COMMAND

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