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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 213058
Last updated: 5 August 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic J3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper J3L
Registration: N35226
C/n / msn: 6221
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Astoria, OR -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:Astoria, OR (OR23)
Destination airport:Astoria, OR (OR23)
Investigating agency: NTSB
According to the pilot, he was flying the tailwheel-equipped airplane from the rear seat. During the landing flare, with the control stick in an aft position, the control stick’s rubber handgrip slipped off, allowing the stick to move forward. Before he could recover the stick, the airplane pitched down, and landed hard.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to the firewall, the forward lower fuselage and the longerons in the tail section.  

Probable Cause: The control stick handgrip separation from the control stick resulting in the airplane pitching forward, which resulted in hard landing.



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

Revision history:

08-Jul-2018 13:15 ASN Update Bot Added

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