NTSB Identification: LAX87LA343.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37182.
Accident occurred Sunday, September 20, 1987 in TUCSON, AZ
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/26/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-180, registration: N7896W
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.

A PIPER PA-28-180 COLLIDED WITH A TREE AFTER VEERING OFF RUNWAY 15. THE PILOT INDICATED THAT HE ENCOUNTERED A RIGHT CROSSWIND DURING THE LANDING ROLL AND VEERED OFF THE LEFT SIDE OF THE RUNWAY. THE AIRCRAFT'S LEFT WING THEN STRUCK A TREE SEVERING IT FROM THE FUSELAGE. THERE WERE NO UNRESOLVED MAINTENANCE DISCREPANCIES OR MALFUNCTIONS REPORTED AGAINST THE AIRCRAFT PRIOR TO DEPARTURE. THE OFFICIAL WEATHER OBSERVATION STATION LOCATED 20 NAUTICAL MILES SOUTH OF THE ACCIDENT SITE REPORTED THE WINDS FROM 260 DEGREES AT 4 KNOTS.

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

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


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CROSSWIND


Contributing Factors

AIRPORT FACILITIES,RUNWAY/LANDING AREA CONDITION..CONGESTED

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