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NTSB Identification: GAA17CA430
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, July 22, 2017 in Whaleyville, VA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/14/2018
Aircraft: PIPER PA 28-180, registration: N2814T
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

According to the pilot, the airplane touched down on the approach end of the grass airstrip. During the landing roll, he did not realize that his “right foot was resting against the right toe brake.” The airplane exited the right side of the airstrip and struck trees.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right-wing spar and horizontal stabilizer.
The pilot did not possess a Federal Aviation Administration pilot certificate.
The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.


The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
  • The pilot’s inadvertent brake application during the landing roll, which resulted in a loss of directional control.