Accident Piper PA-28-180C N8221W,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 357857
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Date:Friday 12 January 1996
Time:16:30 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic P28A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piper PA-28-180C
Registration: N8221W
MSN: 28-2354
Year of manufacture:1965
Total airframe hrs:1735 hours
Engine model:LYCOMING O-360-A3A
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:West Liberty, IA -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Greencastle, IA (IA24)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot reported the airplane made a normal touchdown on the grass airstrip. When he applied the brakes to stop, the airplane skid as if it was on ice. To avoid impacting a parked airplane and a fence located at the end of the runway, the pilot applied full power and full right rudder to turn the airplane. The airplane went into a bean field, and its left wing impacted a fence post. The pilot stated that the airstrip looked dry, but it was wet and muddy because the snow had recently melted leaving the ground very soft.

Probable Cause: the pilot's inadequate preflight planning/preparation and an intentional ground loop/swerve. A factor in the accident was the wet grass runway.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: CHI96LA077
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 3 months
Download report: Final report




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