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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 213058
Last updated: 13 February 2020
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Date:13-JAN-2018
Time:15:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic J3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper J3L
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: N35226
C/n / msn: 6221
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Category:Accident
Location:Astoria, OR -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Astoria, OR (OR23)
Destination airport:Astoria, OR (OR23)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Narrative:
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.


Sources:

NTSB: https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20180115X40753&key=1

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


Revision history:

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