Plane crash map Locate crash sites, wreckage and more

N333FT accident description

Massachusetts map... Massachusetts list
Crash location 42.343055°N, 71.508889°W
Reported location is a long distance from the NTSB's reported nearest city. This often means that the location has a typo, or is incorrect.
Nearest city Marlboro, MA
42.716759°N, 70.973110°W
37.6 miles away
Tail number N333FT
Accident date 29 Mar 2008
Aircraft type Grumman American AA5B
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

The pilot stated he was on final, on the centerline and on target for the "numbers" of runway 32. He cleared the first set of trees but he encountered a wind gust that slowed his groundspeed and caused the airplane to contact the top of the second line of trees. This caused him to land left of the runway. The pilot stated there were no mechanical failures or malfunctions of the airplane or any of its systems prior to the accident. The responding FAA representative stated that the airplane clipped the top of a group of trees at the approached end of runway 32. After clipping the tree tops, the airplane's nose lowered toward the runway. The pilot raised the nose of the airplane to flare. The left wing dropped causing the airplane to veer off the left side of the runway. The airplane bounced three times. On the third bounce, the left wing impacted a group of trees, causing the airplane to rotate 180 degrees on the ground before coming to a stop. The winds at Hanscom Field (KBED), Bedford, Massachusetts, at 1256 EDT, were from 300 degrees at 18 knots, with gusts to 24 knots. Hanscom Field is located 14 miles on bearing 050 degrees from the accident site.

NTSB Probable Cause

The pilot's inadequate compensation for wind gusts while on final approach.

© 2009-2020 Lee C. Baker / Crosswind Software, LLC. For informational purposes only.