NTSB Identification: NYC85LA082.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 28242.
Accident occurred Wednesday, February 27, 1985 in READING, PA
Aircraft: PIPER PA-22-108, registration: N66RA
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 ACFT OVERTURNED WHILE AWAITING TAKEOFF FROM READING,PA. WIND WAS REPORTED FROM 310 DEGS AT 16 KTS, GUSTING TO 22 KTS. AFTER ENGINE UP THE TOWER ADVISED N66RA TP HOLD FOR LANDING TRAFFIC WHICH WAS A LEAR JET. WIND AT THIS TIME WAS GIVEN AS 310 KTS AT 27 KTS. AFTER THE LEAR JET LANDED, THE PIPER WAS CLEARED INTO POSITION AND TOLD TO HOLD. WHILE CROSSING THE HOLDING LINE A GUST OF WIND CAUGHT THE RIGHT WING AND TAIL AND PUSHED THE ACFT UP ONTO ITS NOSE AND RIGHT WING. THE PLT WAS UNABLE TO RECOVER, TURNED OFF THE ACFT AND EVACUATED. A FEW MINUTES LATER ANOTHER GUST OF WIND PUSHED THE ACFT INVERTED.

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

WEATHER CONDITION..GUSTS

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

PLANNING/DECISION..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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