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N33657 accident description

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Crash location Unknown
Nearest city Scapoose, OR
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Tail number N33657
Accident date 30 Mar 2001
Aircraft type Piper PA-28
Additional details: None
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NTSB Factual Report

On March 30, 2001, approximately 1430 Pacific standard time, a Piper PA-28, N33657, impacted the terrain during an attempted landing at Scapoose Industrial Airport, Scapoose, Oregon. The private pilot, who was the sole occupant, was not injured, but the aircraft, which was owned and operated by Pearson Flying Service, sustained substantial damage. The 14 CFR Part 91 personal pleasure flight, which departed Pearson Airpark, Vancouver, Washington, about five minutes earlier, was being operated in visual meteorological conditions. No flight plan had been filed.

According to the pilot, he was landing in winds that were changing between gusty and steady state. As he approached the runway in the gusty wind conditions, he thought his airspeed had become too fast. He therefore raised the nose in order to slow the aircraft. As the aircraft slowed, the pilot failed to lower the nose in time to arrest its deceleration, and the aircraft stall/mushed into the terrain from an altitude of about 30 feet.

NTSB Probable Cause

the pilot's failure to maintain a speed above minimum in-flight stall speed (Vs). Factors include gusty winds at the time of the attempted landing.

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