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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 149146
Last updated: 23 June 2018
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Date:14-SEP-2012
Time:13:45
Type:Silhouette image of generic P28A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N7971W
C/n / msn: 28-2023
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:French Valley Airport - F70, Murrieta/Temecula, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Nature:Private
Departure airport:San Diego, CA (SDM)
Destination airport:French Valley, CA (F70)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
The airplane drifted across the runway centerline during the final approach, and the pilot applied corrective control input. A gusting crosswind and high temperatures were present, and, as such, he continued the approach with the flaps retracted. He corrected for the wind by lowering the left wing, and applying right rudder control. During the flare, the wind direction shifted to a quartering tailwind, and the airplane veered to the right. Unable to keep the airplane over the runway, the pilot applied full engine power and initiated a go-around. The engine responded, but the airplane did not climb as expected, and its main landing gear made contact with the vertical stabilizer of an airplane on the taxiway. The airplane subsequently settled and landed in the adjacent parking apron, where it collided with five parked airplanes. The accident airplane’s left wing was substantially damaged, and all five parked airplanes also sustained substantial damage. The pilot reported no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.
Probable Cause: The pilot’s loss of directional control during a go-around following a sudden change in wind direction.

Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20120914X82649&key=1
FAA register: https://www.pe.com/local-news/riverside-county/murrieta/murrieta-headlines-index/20120914-french-valley-one-person-injured-in-plane-crash.ece
http://www.swrnn.com/2012/09/14/airplane-crashes-at-french-valley-damages-a-row-of-parked-planes/
https://patch.com/california/murrieta/aircraft-crashes-at-french-valley-airport-injuries-reported
http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=7971W
http://www.nctimes.com/news/local/swcounty/french-valley-one-person-injured-in-plane-crash/article_419ed3bf-49c8-51d4-9b5d-04db95138b04.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
14-Sep-2012 21:47 Geno Added
14-Sep-2012 22:11 Geno Updated [Source, Narrative]
14-Sep-2012 23:10 Geno Updated [[Source, Narrative]]
14-Sep-2012 23:10 Geno Updated [[[Source, Narrative]]]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
28-Nov-2017 13:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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