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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 196772
Last updated: 25 July 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: N9807D
MSN: 22-6694
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Midland County, Breckinridge, MI -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Breckenridge, MI (PVT)
Destination airport:Breckenridge, MI (PVT)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The pilot reported that he was practicing short-field, touch-and-go landings on the private grass airstrip. The final leg of the approach was over a cornfield and a road perpendicular to the approach end of the airstrip.
During final, the main landing gear (MLG) struck corn stalks that were about 6-ft tall. The airplane then landed short and struck the road. The right MLG collapsed, and the airplane slid across the road and onto the grass airstrip. The airplane’s nose dug into the grass and dirt, and the airplane nosed over.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right-wing strut and the rudder.
The pilot reported that “this accident was pilot error” and that he believed that he became “fixated on the beginning of the grass and was oblivious to the height of the corn.”
The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause: The pilot’s loss of situational awareness during the approach over a corn field, which resulted in collision with corn stalks.



FAA register:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 5 months
Download report: Final report


Revision history:

19-Jul-2017 16:31 Iceman 29 Added
19-Jul-2017 17:38 Aerossurance Updated [Location, Embed code]
19-Jul-2017 23:41 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
23-Dec-2017 20:04 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]

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