FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Richmond FSDO-21
NTSB Identification: GAA16CA110
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, January 19, 2016 in Melfa, VA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/14/2016
Aircraft: PIPER PA32RT, registration: N3046H
Injuries: 1 Minor.
NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.
The pilot reported that while landing in crosswind conditions, a wind gust "forced" the airplane to drift to the right of the runway. The pilot initiated a go-around, but further reported that a "sudden drop" in the wind led to an aerodynamic stall.
After the airplane stalled, it impacted a structure adjacent to the runway. A postimpact fire ensued and the airplane was destroyed.
The pilot reported that there were no pre-impact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's inadequate compensation for a gusting crosswind during landing, which resulted in an aerodynamic stall, impact with a structure, and subsequent postimpact fire.
ACCOMACK CO., Va. - Authorities are investigating a small plane crash in Accomack County.
Virginia State Police say just after 3:00 PM, they were alerted to a small plane crash at the Accomack County Airport.
The pilot and passenger were apparently able to escape the wreckage.
Troopers responded to the scene to investigate.
The Federal Aviation Administration tells 47 ABC that the plane was a Piper PA32, that was attempting to land at the airport.
The pilot reportedly told the FAA that a strong gust of wind caused the aircraft to stall and go off course and crash into a building.
The FAA says it will investigate, and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine the probable cause of the accident.
An employee of the airport tells 47 ABC that they will be shut down until VSP clears the scene.
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A small plane crashed at the Accomack County Airport around 3 p.m. Tuesday.
According to police, the 1979 Piper Lance plane caught a gust of wind during a landing attempt, causing it to run off the runway and across a grassy area where it struck a storage shed and light pole, causing the plane to catch fire.
Smoke and wreckage was visible near the northwest side of the airport property.
The pilot and passenger, the only occupants in the plane, were able to escape the wreckage without injuries.
The Accomack County Sheriff's Office, Virginia State Police, Accomack County Department of Public Safety were at the scene, along with Onley and Melfa Volunteer Fire Department first responders.
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Smoke was visible near the northwest side of the airport property minutes after the crash, according to an eyewitness.
The pilot and passenger were able to escape the wreckage unharmed, Virginia State Police spokeswoman Michelle Anaya said.
Their names were not immediately released.
The airplane ran off the runway during a landing attempt and struck a building, causing the aircraft to catch fire, Anaya said.
The scene was secured and officials were awaiting the arrival of Federal Aviation Administration personnel as of 6 p.m., she said.
Personnel from the Accomack County Sheriff's Office, Virginia State Police and the Accomack County Department of Public Safety were at the scene Tuesday afternoon, along with first responders from Onley and Melfa Volunteer Fire Departments.
The crash remains under investigation, Anaya said.
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