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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 38618
Last updated: 15 May 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic P28A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-28-161
Owner/operator:Flightways Of Long Island
Registration: N717AV
MSN: 28-7716257
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:West Dover, VT -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:Farmingdale, NY (FRG)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
The Piper PA-28-161, was landing to the north, at night, touched down on the runway and then became airborne at the end of the runway over lower terrain. A witness saw the airplane in a nose high attitude with the engine running, after which it struck trees, and descended onto a golf course. A mountain ridge was located 3 miles to the northwest, with winds from the northwest. The airport was noted for variable winds and the VASI lights listed for the airport were inoperative. No malfunction was found with the airplane or engine. The pilot owned a multi-engine airplane that was not available. He checked out in a PA-28-236, and completed an equipment exam on the airplane. The PA-28-236 was not available and the pilot the PA-28-161. No evidence of any single engine flying in the preceding year, other than the checkout was found. The operator's rules allowed a person to take a less complex airplane (PA-28-161), in place of a more complex airplane (PA-28-236), but did not require an equipment exam on the less complex airplane.
Probable Cause: Was the failure of the pilot to maintain control of the airplane during an aborted landing. Factors were the pilot's lack of familiarity with the airplane, the variable winds, and night conditions.



Revision history:

24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
21-Dec-2016 19:23 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
26-Nov-2017 15:15 ASN Update Bot Updated [Operator, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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