NTSB Identification: FTW87FA090.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 33601.
Accident occurred Thursday, April 02, 1987 in UVALDE, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/09/1988
Aircraft: PIPER PA-38-112, registration: N4450E
Injuries: 1 Minor,1 Uninjured.

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.

ON 04-02-87, A PIPER PA-38-112, N5540E, OWNED AND OPERATED BY SOUTHWEST TEXAS JUNIOR COLLEGE, IMPACTED THE TERRAIN NEAR UVALDE, TX. THE FLIGHT WAS CONDUCTED FOR TRAINING PURPOSES. VISUAL METEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS PREVAILED AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT. THE FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR INITIATED A SIMULATED ENGINE FAILURE AND DID NOT ATTEMPT RECOVERY UNTIL REACHING AN ALTITUDE OF APPROXIMATELY 150 FT AGL. WRITTEN DIRECTIVES CALL FOR RECOVERY PRIOR TO REACHING 200 FT AGL. THE SELECTED FORCED LANDING AREA WAS UNSUITABLE IN THAT IT WAS ROUGH TERRAIN SURROUNDED ON TWO SIDES BY TRANSMISSION POWER LINES. THE FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR STATED THAT THE ENGINE RESPONDED NORMALLY DURING THE RECOVERY ATTEMPT. HOWEVER, THE AIRCRAFT ENTERED A HIGH SINK RATE AND RECOVERY COULD NOT BE COMPLETED PRIOR TO IMPACTING THE TERRAIN. THE AIRCRAFT WAS SUBSTANTIALLY DAMAGED. THE FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR SUSTAINED MINOR INJURIES. THE STUDENT PILOT WAS UNINJURED.

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

EMERGENCY PROCEDURE..SIMULATED..PILOT IN COMMAND(CFI)

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

PULL-UP..DELAYED..PILOT IN COMMAND(CFI)

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

PROCEDURES/DIRECTIVES..NOT FOLLOWED..PILOT IN COMMAND(CFI)


Contributing Factors

LANDING GEAR..OVERLOAD

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