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N4981T accident description

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Crash location 32.492500°N, 80.992222°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 Ridgeland, SC
32.480744°N, 80.980386°W
1.1 miles away

Tail number N4981T
Accident date 26 Feb 2009
Aircraft type Piper PA-28-140
Additional details: None

NTSB description

On February 26, 2009, about 1510 eastern standard time, a Piper PA-28-140, N4981T, was substantially damaged wile attempting to land at Ridgeland Airport (3J1), Ridgeland, South Carolina. The certificated private pilot was seriously injured and the flight instructor-rated passenger was fatally injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the flight. The local personal flight was conducted under the previsions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

Several witnesses provided written statements. Each of the statements varied in the specific actions the airplane performed, but all generally described a series of takeoffs and landings from each end of the airport's single runway. During the final moments of the flight, the witnesses observed the airplane flying low and banking over hangars near the south side of the airport. The airplane continued toward the runway at a 45-degree angle, before the right wing struck the pavement. The airplane then touched down, collapsing the landing gear, before it skidded off the west side of the runway.

An examination of the wreckage was scheduled for a later date.

According to Federal Aviation Administration records, the pilot held a private pilot certificate with a rating for airplane single engine land. The pilot possessed 160 total hours of flight experience, and his most recent FAA third-class medical certificate was issued on March 24, 2008.

The 1456 reported weather at Beaufort Marine Corps Air Station (NBC), located 14 nautical miles east of 3J1, included few clouds at 3,000 feet, a broken ceiling at 6,500 feet, 7 statute miles visibility, winds from 140 degrees at 8 knots, temperature 19 degrees Celsius (C), dewpoint 9 degrees C, and an altimeter setting of 30.32 inches of mercury.

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