Wirestrike Accident Piper PA-28-181 N4129S,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 133287
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Date:Monday 11 January 1999
Time:08:44 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic P28A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piper PA-28-181
Owner/operator:Airline Training Center Az,inc
Registration: N4129S
MSN: 2843123
Total airframe hrs:785 hours
Engine model:Lycoming O-360-A4M
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Arlington, AZ -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Goodyear, AZ (KGYR)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The certified flight instructor (CFI) was familiar with the area, and he initiated a simulated total loss of engine power for a practice forced landing for his student as they approached a crop duster airstrip. The dirt airstrip is located on a small bluff, and approaching it they encountered a downdraft. The student reset the wing flaps from 40 to 25 degrees; however, the airplane descended below the desired glide path. The CFI allowed the student to continue approaching the airstrip. The CFI directed that a go-around be initiated, and engine power was rapidly applied. Seconds later, the airplane impacted a residential service power line and an unoccupied house as the power was increasing. The airplane came to rest about 550 short of the airstrip. The operator, who employed the CFI, reported that it had provided the CFI with written guidance regarding the minimum altitude at which go-arounds were to be initiated during the practice of simulated forced landings. In pertinent part, the operator's Procedures and Techniques manual stated the following: 'Every go around from a simulated engine failure shall be performed by the student prior to 500 feet AGL if not approaching a paved runway.'

Probable Cause: The flight instructor's inadequate supervision of his student and his failure to initiate timely remedial action. Contributing factors were the student's failure to maintain the proper glidepath under the existing downdraft condition, the flight instructor's failure to adhere to the company procedure regarding minimum safe altitudes for termination of practice forced landings. Additional contributing factors were the downdraft condition and the power.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: LAX99LA073
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years
Download report: Final report




Revision history:

21-Dec-2016 19:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
25-Nov-2017 12:47 ASN Update Bot Updated [Cn, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
25-Nov-2017 12:54 harro Updated [Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport]
14-Dec-2017 16:54 ASN Update Bot Updated [Cn, Operator, Destination airport, Narrative]
08-Apr-2024 10:50 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Source, Narrative, Category, Accident report]

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