CHI00LA150
CHI00LA150

On June 3, 2000, at 1320 eastern standard time (EST), a Piper PA-22-150, N1686P, owned and operated by a private pilot, was substantially damaged when the left main gear collapsed during a ground loop while landing on runway 10 (2,738 feet by 50 feet, asphalt) at the Salem Municipal Airport (I83), near Salem, Indiana. The 14 CFR Part 91 personal flight was not operating under a flight plan. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The pilot and the passenger reported no injuries. The local flight originated at I83 at approximately 1250 EST.

At 30 minutes prior to the accident, the Louisville International Airport, Louisville, Kentucky, located 32 nautical miles on a 135 degree bearing from I83, reported weather as: winds from 030 degrees at 5 knots; visibility of 10 statute miles; few clouds at 4,500 feet; temperature of 22 degrees C; dew point of 12 degrees C; altimeter 30.18.

The pilot reported the winds at the time of the accident to be from the north at 10 knots gusting to 15 knots.

In a written statement, the pilot reported, "lost aircraft on crosswind landing and ground looped."

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