HISTORY OF FLIGHT On July 7, 1996, at about 1840 eastern standard time, a Piper J3C-65, N87910, impacted the ground during an attempted touch and go landing at Dorchester Airport in Cambridge, Maryland. The private pilot, the sole occupant, was uninjured, and the airplane sustained substantial damage. Visual meteorological conditions existed at the time and no flight plan was filed. The flight was conducted under 14 CFR Part 91, and originated from Cambridge, Maryland, at 1830 eastern standard time. Use your browsers 'back' function to return to synopsisReturn to Query Page
The pilot stated that during a touch and go landing on runway 34 a gust of wind veered the airplane to the right. He stated that he thought the airplane ground looped and he attempted to recover it. During his attempt to recover the airplane, he stated that he hit a ditch and small brush along the right side of the runway.
METEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS Weather at the accident airport was not recorded. The weather recorded at Wicomico County Regional Airport in Salisbury, Maryland, which is to the east/southeast at 27 miles was: Temperature-86 degrees Fahrenheit; Temperature Dewpoint- 68 degrees Fahrenheit; Wind-230 degrees at 8 knots and the visibility was 10 miles.
WRECKAGE AND IMPACT INFORMATION The Federal Aviation Administration Inspector who went on site of the accident stated that the pilot was attempting to land on runway 34 which is 4004 feet long and 75 feet wide. The FAA inspector stated that the airplane traveled 500 feet down the runway and came to rest approximately 50 feet to the right in a ditch. The FAA Inspector stated that the flight controls checked for continuity and no anomalies could be found with the engine.