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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 66403
Last updated: 22 January 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic P28A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee 180
Registration: N7418W
C/n / msn: 28-1306
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Virginia Tech Montgomery Executive Airport (KBCB), Virginia -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Blacksburg, VA (BCB)
Destination airport:Harrisburg, PA (MDT)
Investigating agency: NTSB
During the takeoff roll, at about rotation speed, the pilot reported that the nose wheel of the airplane began to "shimmy back and forth," and that the nose wheel "darted strongly to the left." The pilot attempted to regain control using "back pressure on the yoke and control with rudder." The airplane ran off the runway impacting a hill located past the parallel taxiway. The airplane incurred substantial damage to the fuselage, stabilator, and left wing. Personnel at the fixed base operator where the pilot purchased fuel prior to the accident reported that the airplane exhibited a nose-high attitude as it taxied in for fueling. At the time of the accident, the airplane was carrying 48 gallons of fuel, 2 passengers, and baggage. The pilot reported that the accident could have been prevented if the front strut had "not been fully extended", and if she had reduced engine power while trying to regain control of the airplane. Post-accident inspection by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector found no evidence of mechanical malfunction. Reported winds at the time of the accident were from 340 degrees at 4 knots.
Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain directional control during the takeoff roll.



Revision history:

15-Jul-2009 00:11 slowkid Added
15-Jul-2009 07:10 slowkid Updated
21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
02-Dec-2017 15:48 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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