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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 157313
Last updated: 19 July 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic P28A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-28-140
Owner/operator:Carolina Petroleum Equip, Inc.
Registration: N3848K
C/n / msn: 28-23748
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Sky Valley Airpark, Pelzer, SC -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Mccormick, SC (SC41)
Destination airport:Pelzer, SC (SC32)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Statements by both the student pilot and a private pilot-rated passenger reveal that, although the airstrip's wind sock indicated light surface winds, on final approach, the airplane's ground speed appeared excessive and on landing flare, the airplane floated or 'ballooned' for an excessive distance. The student pilot performed a go-around, and collided with trees and a utility pole. The student pilot stated he experienced no mechanical difficulties with the airplane. Federal Air Regulations Part 61.89, paragraph (a), states that , 'A student pilot may not act as pilot in command of an aircraft that is carrying a passenger.'

Probable Cause: The student pilot's failure to recognize and compensate for changing wind conditions while on final approach and landing and his failure to initiate a timely go-around, resulting in collision with trees and a utility pole.



Revision history:

28-Jun-2013 13:36 JINX Added
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
14-Dec-2017 10:00 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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