Loss of control Accident Piper PA-28-236 Dakota N81839,
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Date:Friday 13 January 2017
Type:Silhouette image of generic P28B model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piper PA-28-236 Dakota
Registration: N81839
MSN: 28-8011099
Year of manufacture:1980
Total airframe hrs:2725 hours
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Curry County north of Port Orford, OR -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:North Bend, OR (OTH)
Destination airport:North Bend, OR (OTH)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The 79-year-old private pilot was making a local personal flight in his airplane when he reported over the aircraft emergency frequency that he was losing vision in one of his eyes. About the same time, a radar target using the emergency transponder squawk code was acquired traveling northbound along the coastline. The airplane wreckage was subsequently located on a beach close to the last radar target. The damage to the airplane was consistent with a high-speed, left wing-low impact due to a loss of control.

According to the pilot's son, the pilot had been diagnosed with multiple chemical sensitivity and had a history of sudden vision loss, sometimes in just one eye but at other times in both eyes, which had been attributed to his chemical sensitivity. He had not reported the episodes of vision loss or the chemical sensitivity on any of his Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) medical applications. His most recent FAA medical certificate had expired 5 years before the accident, and it had been 5 years since he had accomplished a flight review. The pilot continued to fly, and his flight instructor, who had given the pilot his last flight review and flew with him 1 year before the accident, reported a significant degradation in the pilot's flying skills.

Probable Cause: The pilot's loss of vision during cruise flight, which resulted in a loss of aircraft control. Contributing to the accident was the pilot's decision to fly with a known medical condition.



FAA register: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=81839

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: WPR17FA052
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 7 months
Download report: Final report


Photo: Oregon State Police

Revision history:

14-Jan-2017 03:37 Geno Added
14-Jan-2017 06:17 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Source, Damage, Narrative]
14-Jan-2017 14:59 gerard57 Updated [Total fatalities]
14-Jan-2017 15:55 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Embed code]
14-Jan-2017 22:54 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Source]
09-Sep-2018 17:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative, Accident report, ]
09-Sep-2018 17:53 harro Updated [Source, Narrative, Photo]

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