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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 188496
Last updated: 22 March 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA22 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-22-160 Tri-Pacer
Registration: N8130D
C/n / msn: 22-5621
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Rockingham County, NW of Harrisonburg, VA -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Harrisonburg, VA (NA)
Destination airport:Harrisonburg, VA (NA)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot/owner of the single-engine, tailwheel-equipped airplane was attempting to depart from a private turf runway. During the takeoff, a wind gust contacted the airplane from the left side, and the airplane veered to the right. The airplane's right wing and propeller then struck a fence post. The pilot tried to fly the airplane back to the runway, but it impacted terrain and slid into a tree. The pilot reported that there were no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or anomalies with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. Examination of the wreckage revealed substantial damage to both wings and the fuselage. The recorded weather at an airport located about 15 miles from the accident site, about the time of the accident, included a left quartering headwind at 9 knots.
Probable Cause: The pilot's loss of directional control during takeoff in gusting crosswind conditions.


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Revision history:

03-Jul-2016 02:19 Geno Added
19-Aug-2017 14:19 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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