NTSB Identification: CHI87LA161.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 36773.
Accident occurred Sunday, July 05, 1987 in DULUTH, MN
Probable Cause Approval Date: 06/07/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28, registration: N56808
Injuries: 3 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.
RPRTDLY, THE WINDS WERE PREVAILING FROM THE NORTHEAST & WERE VARIABLE & GUSTY. THE PLT ENTERED THE TRAFFIC PATTERN TO LAND ON RWY 14, BUT ABORTED HIS 1ST ATTEMPT. DURING THE 2ND APCH, HE USED A NOTCH OF FLAPS & CORRECTED FOR THE X-WIND BY SLIPPING THE ACFT INTO THE WIND. HE STATED THE ACFT TOUCHED DOWN WITH THE MAIN GEAR ALIGNED WITH THE RWY CENTERLINE. HOWEVER, DURING THE LANDING, THE ACFT VEERED TO THE RIGHT. THE PLT APPLIED POWER TO GO AROUND AGAIN, BUT THE ACFT WAS AIRBORNE ONLY BRIEFLY. IT THEN TOUCHED DOWN IN SANDY TERRAIN & NOSED OVER.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:COMPENSATION FOR WIND CONDITIONS..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:DIRECTIONAL CONTROL..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND
TERRAIN CONDITION..LOOSE GRAVEL/SANDY
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