On October 15, 1997, at 1710 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 152, N6154Q, was substantially damaged during landing at the Piqua Airport (I17), Piqua, Ohio. The student pilot was not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local flight. No flight plan had been filed for the solo instructional flight conducted under 14 CFR Part 91. Use your browsers 'back' function to return to synopsisReturn to Query Page
In a written statement, the pilot said after returning from the practice area, he fly over I17, and observed the tetrahedral favoring the use of runway 8. The pilot entered a downwind for an approach to runway 8. He further stated:
"..There were minor corrections on approach. I touched down, and then my left wing lifted. It felt like it was going to flip over. The aileron correction brought the wing to touch back down, but the plane veered off the left of the runway. There was a hump that ran parallel to the runway that threw the plane back aloft. I tried to keep the nose up, but I guess my speed was too slow, sending the plane down nose first...."
In an interview with a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Inspector, the pilot said he lost directional control during the landing attempt, and attempted to salvage the landing after he noticed the airplane was high, and approximately halfway down the 4,000 foot runway.
The pilot reported his total flight experience was 43 hours, all in make and model, of which 13 hours were solo flight.
Examination of the airplane by an FAA Inspector reveled no evidence of pre-impact abnormalities.
Winds reported at an airport about 16 miles south of the accident site at 1651, and 1751, were from 350 degrees at 8 knots, and from 10 degrees at 12 knots, respectively.