NTSB Identification: FTW83LA389.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 23417.
Accident occurred Saturday, August 20, 1983 in BRYAN, TX
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-161, registration: N8115L
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 STUDENT PLT WAS ON A X-COUNTRY FLT TO THE COLLEGE STATION EASTERWOOD ARPT NEAR BRYAN, TX. WHEN HE ARRIVED IN THE VICINITY, HE SAW A NEARBY ARPT, THE TEXAS A&M FLT TEST STATION. HE STATED THAT AT ABOUT THE SAME TIME, THE ENG MISSED MOMENTARILY, 2 TIMES, THEN RAN SMOOTHLY. THE STUDENT REALIZED THAT THE TEST FACILITY WAS NOT HIS DESTINATION, BUT HE WAS CONCERNED ABOUT THE ENG & ELECTED TO MAKE A PRECAUTIONARY LANDING. AFTER LANDING, HE TAXIED TO ARAMP AREA. WHILE TAXIING, HE REPORTEDLY ENCOUNTERED A GUST OF WIND WHICH CAUSED THE ACFT TO VEER & COLLIDE WITH A POLE. THE PLT REPORTED THAT THE WIND WAS GUSTING TO 13 KTS. NO ENG MALFUNCTION WAS FOUND.

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


Contributing Factors

PRECAUTIONARY LANDING..PERFORMED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

OBJECT..UTILITY POLE


Contributing Factors

LACK OF TOTAL EXPERIENCE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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