NTSB Identification: CHI82FEE14
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, May 29, 1982 in SANDWICH, IL
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/29/1983
Aircraft: DOUGLAS DC-3A, registration: N129H
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.
NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
AFTER RETURNING FROM A PARACHUTE JUMPING FLIGHT, THE PILOT ELECTED TO LAND ON THE 1800 FT GRASS RUNWAY. A 3000 FT ASPHALT RUNWAY WAS AVAILABLE, BUT HE HAD BEEN USING THE GRASS RUNWAY TO AVOID WEAR ON THE TIRES. THERE WAS A 30 FT POWERLINE AT THE APPROACH END OF THE GRASS RUNWAY AND THE SOD WAS WET. THE PILOT REPORTED THAT THERE WAS LIGHT RAIN AND THE WIND WAS CALM. REPORTEDLY, THE PLANE TOUCHED DOWN ABOUT 200 FT FROM THE APPROACH END, BUT THE PILOT WAS UNABLE TO STOP ON THE RUNWAY. THE AIRCRAFT CONTINUED OFF THE END AND COLLIDED WITH BRUSH AND TREES. THE COMPUTED LANDING DISTANCE OVER A 50 FT OBSTACLE ON A HARD RUNWAY WAS ABOUT 1500 FT.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:WRONG RUNWAY..SELECTED..PILOT IN COMMAND
TERRAIN CONDITION..HIGH OBSTRUCTION(S)
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