NTSB Identification: ATL89LA117.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 40140.
Accident occurred Monday, March 27, 1989 in TIMMONSVILLE, SC
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/02/1990
Aircraft: PIPER PA-38-112, registration: N9451T
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 PLT WAS MAKING TOUCH & GO LANDINGS AT A PRIVATE GRASS STRIP. THE LANDINGS WERE TO RWYS 14 & 32. ON THE 1ST APPROACH THE WIND SOCK INDICATED CALM WIND. THE LAST APPROACH WAS MADE WITH ZERO FLAPS. THE PLT SLIPPED THE ACFT ON FINAL APPROACH & CROSSED RWY THRESHOLD AT 90 KNOTS. THE PILOT STATED THAT A 10 KNOT WIND WAS BLOWING (TAILWIND) WHEN HE TOUCHED DOWN APPROXIMATELY 1/2 TO 3/4 OF THE DISTANCE DOWN THE RUNWAY. THE PILOT WAS UNABLE TO STOP THE ACFT AND IT VEERED TO THE RIGHT, DEPARTED THE RUNWAY AND STRUCK A WOODEN SIGN POST.

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

THE PILOT'S FAILURE TO REMAIN AWARE OF THE LOCAL WIND CONDITIONS. ADDITIONALLY, HE EXECUTED THE APPROACH AND LANDING WITH EXCESSIVE SPEED, COMBINED WITH A TAILWIND, WHICH RESULTED IN THE RUNWAY OVERRUN.

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