NTSB Identification: CHI83LA168.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 21245.
Accident occurred Saturday, April 16, 1983 in HARRISON, MI
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-181, registration: N8578C
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 PILOT STATED THAT HE EXECUTED A GO-AROUND ON THE FIRST LANDING ATTEMPT BECAUSE OF A STRONG CROSSWIND AND HIGH AIRSPEED. ON THE SECOND APPROACH, HE EXECUTED A GO-AROUND FROM THE FLARE BECAUSE OF A 'STRONG UPDRAFT'. THE PILOT STATEDTHAT DURING THE GO-AROUND, SOMETHING BLACK COVERED THE RIGHT SIDE OF WINDSHIELD. HE STATED THAT HE RESPONDED BY MOVING HIS RIGHT ARM UP AND TURNING THE AIRCRAFT TO THE LEFT. THE LEFT WING STRUCK TREES ABOUT 15 GAL AGL AND ABOUT 100 FEET TOTHE EAST OF THE RUNWAY MIDPOINT. A WITNESS STATED THAT ON THE SECOND LANDING, THE AIRCRAFT BOUNCED SEVERAL TIMES FOLLOWED BY THE LEFT WING RAISING. THE LANDING WAS ON RUNWAY 18. THE WIND WAS FROM 265 DEG AT 17 KTS GUSTING TO 20 KTS. REPORTEDLY, THE AIRPORT HAD TWO TURF RUNWAYS (4/22 AND 10/28).

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

DIRECTIONAL CONTROL..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

WRONG RUNWAY..SELECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND

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

RECOVERY FROM BOUNCED LANDING..IMPROPER..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

GO-AROUND..INITIATED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HIGH WIND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..TREE(S)


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CROSSWIND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..GUSTS

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