Preliminary Accident Reports

July 1999 Issue

Apr. 6, Zelienople, Pa. / Piper PA-28-161 Warrior

At 18:45 EDT, a Piper Warrior was substantially damaged after a loss of control during landing at the Zelienople Municipal Airport but the pilot was not injured. The pilot said the purpose of the flight was to practice some “crosswind flying.” The pilot said that when the airplane climbed above the trees at the departure end of runway 35, “I realized I had made a mistake.” In a written statement, the pilot reported that when he landed, but before the nose wheel touched down, “a strong gust pushed the aircraft off of the right side of the runway onto a flat grassy section. The left wheel struck one of the runway lights which were off to the side of the runway. Butler County Airport, 10 miles...

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