NTSB Identification: FTW82DA087
Nonscheduled 14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Accident occurred Wednesday, March 03, 1982 in CROWNPOINT, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/03/1983
Aircraft: PIPER PA-32-300, registration: N55550
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.

THE PILOT WAS LANDING TO THE SOUTH WITH A 25 KNOT WIND FROM THE SOUTHWEST. WHILE ON A SHORT FINAL APPROACH, THE AIRCRAFT DRIFTED TO THE LEFT OF THE RUNWAY CENTERLINE. ON TOUCHDOWN, THE LEFT WHEEL ENTERED SOFT DIRT CAUSING THE PLANE TO DRIFT FURTHER LEFT. THE AIRCRAFT THEN COLLIDED WITH A DIRT BERM, COLLAPSING THE NOSE GEAR AND BUCKLING THE ENGINE FIREWALL.

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

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

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

PROPER ALIGNMENT..NOT MAINTAINED..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

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

GROUND LOOP/SWERVE..INADVERTENT..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..HIGH WIND


Contributing Factors

WEATHER CONDITION..CROSSWIND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SOFT


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..DIRT BANK/RISING EMBANKMENT

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