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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 30238
Last updated: 26 April 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA34 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-34-200
Registration: N15202
C/n / msn: 34-7350034
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Big Bear City Airport, Big Bear City, San Bernardino County, Californi -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Carlsbad, CA (CRQ)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Approaching runway 26, the pilot was advised by airport personnel on the common traffic advisory frequency (CTAF) that the automated weather observing system (AWOS) indicated the wind was 13 knots with gusts to 28 knots. Also, its direction was variable from 170 to 230 degrees. The pilot reported that he slowed the airplane's approach speed to 90 knots and extended the flaps to the normal midrange position. About 30 feet above the runway he encountered a wind gust and lost control of the airplane. It impacted the runway, yawed sideways, and came to a stop with a collapsed landing gear and bent fuselage. The airplane's manufacturer suggests in its "Pilot's Operating Manual," that in crosswind or high-wind conditions, a higher than normal (90 knot) approach speed be used and the pilot should consider using no flaps.
Probable Cause: The pilot's selection of a final approach airspeed in variance with the manufacturer's recommendations, which was too slow for the gusty and variable crosswind conditions, which resulted in a stall/mush and a hard landing.


FAA register: 2.

Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
09-Dec-2014 01:55 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
09-Dec-2014 01:56 Dr. John Smith Updated [Destination airport]
21-Dec-2016 19:16 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
21-Dec-2016 19:20 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
12-Dec-2017 18:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Cn, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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