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NTSB Identification: GAA19CA150
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, February 21, 2019 in Scappoose, OR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/26/2019
Aircraft: Piper PA22, registration: N7822D
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.

The solo student pilot in the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that he intended to accomplish a three-point landing. During the landing flare, the airspeed decreased, and just before touchdown, he applied aft yoke pressure to pin the tailwheel on the runway. As the main landing gear touched down, the airplane veered left, and it then exited the left side of the runway and collided with taxiway signage.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left main landing gear attachment points.
The student reported that there were no preimpact 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 student pilot's failure to maintain directional control during the landing roll, which resulted in a runway excursion and collision with taxiway signage.