On July 4, 2005, at 1136 central daylight time, a Canadian registered Piper PA-32-300, C-GGJB, collided with a taxiway sign while landing on runway 28L (3,909 feet by 75 feet, asphalt) at the Flying Cloud Airport (FCM), Minneapolis, Minnesota. The pilot and the three passengers on board were not injured. The airplane was substantially damaged. The 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight was operating in visual meteorological conditions without a flight plan. The flight originated from FCM at 1036. Use your browsers 'back' function to return to synopsisReturn to Query Page
The pilot stated that as he approached FCM for landing, he received the automated terminal informaiton service (ATIS) and the winds were reported as being from 250 degrees at 5 knots. He stated the approach was normal, but as he approached the threshold he had difficulty correcting for the crosswind and the airplane drifted to the right edge of the runway. The pilot stated the airplane touched down and continued to the right. He stated the airplane "ballooned slightly" and the nose gear impacted a taxiway sign. The pilot stated the nose gear collapsed and they came to rest in the grass between runways 28L and 28R.
The wind conditions reported at FCM at 1153 were from 240 degrees at 10 knots.