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NTSB AVIATION ACCIDENT/INCIDENT DATABASE REPORT


General Information

Data Source:                          NTSB AVIATION ACCIDENT/INCIDENT DATABASE
   Report Number:                        LAX00LA219 
   Local Date:                           06/09/2000
   Local Time:                           10:15 MST
   State:                                AZ    
   City:                                 MESA                               
   Airport Name:                                                  
   Airport Id:                                 
   Event Type:                           ACCIDENT
   Injury Severity:                      NONE   
   Report Status:                        PRELIM     
   Mid Air Collision:                    NO 

Operations Information

Category of Operation:                GENERAL AVIATION       
   Aircraft Type:                        AIRPLANE       
   Aircraft Damage:                      SUBSTANTIAL      
   Phase of Flight:                      570 LANDING                                           
   Aircraft Make/Model:                  PIPER PA-28-161                 
   Operator Doing Business As:           UND AEROSPACE                 
   Operator Name:                        UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA    
   Operator Code:                            
   Operator:                                                                       
   Owner Name:                                                         

Narrative

On June 9, 2000, at 1015 hours mountain standard time, a Piper PA 
   28-161, N115ND, struck a distance remaining sign on the landing rollout 
   at Gateway airport, Mesa, Arizona.  The airplane, owned and operated by 
   the University of North Dakota under 14 CFR Part 91, as an 
   instructional flight, sustained substantial damage.  The solo student 
   pilot, the sole occupant, was not injured. Visual meteorological 
   conditions existed for the local training flight and no flight plan was 
   filed.  The flight originated earlier on the morning of the 
   accident.
The pilot was practicing stop-and-go landings on runway 12R 
   when the airplane veered off the right side of the runway, striking a 
   distance remaining sign with the right wing.  After the collision, the 
   aircraft taxied to the ramp without further incident. 

Probable Cause


Aircraft Information

Number of Seats:                      0  
   Aircraft Use:                         INSTRUCTIONAL      
   Type of Operation:                    14 CFR 91 
   Domestic/International:                            
   Passenger/Cargo:                                        
   Registration Number:                  115ND 
   Air Carrier Operating Certificates:   
   Aircraft Fire:                        

                  Injuries
          Fatal  Serious  Minor  None
   Crew      0       0       0      1
   Pass      0       0       0      0
   Other     0       0       0      0
   Invlvd    0       0       0      1

   Landing Gear:                         
   Certificated Maximum Gross Weight:    0
   Engine Make:                                       
   Engine Model:                                      
   Number of Engines:                    0 
   Engine Type:                                                      

Environment/Operations Information

Basic Weather Conditions:             VISUAL METEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS (VMC)  
   Wind Direction (deg):                 180
   Wind Speed (knots):                   12
   Visibility (sm):                      30
   Visibility RVR (ft):                  0
   Visibility RVV (sm):                  0
   Cloud Height Above Ground Level (ft): 18000
   Visibility Restrictions:              
   Precipitation Type:                   NONE
   Light Condition:                      
   Departure Airport Id:                 IWA 
   Departure City:                       
   Departure State:                        
   Destination Airport Id:                   
   Destination City:                     
   Destination State:                      
   Flight Plan Filed:                    NONE
   ATC Clearance:                        
   VFR Approach/Landing:                 
   Event Location:                       

Pilot-in-Command

Certificates:                         
   Ratings:
     Plane:                              
     Non-Plane:                          
     Instrument:                         
   Had Current BFR:                      
   Months Since Last BFR:                0  
   Medical Certificate:                  
   Medical Certificate Validity:         

              Flight Time (Hours)
   Total       :      0  Last 24 Hrs :    0
   Make/Model  :      0  Last 30 Days:    0
   Instrument  :      0  Last 90 Days:    0
   Multi-Engine:      0  Rotorcraft  :    0

Source: NTSB

NTSB Identification: LAX00LA219

Accident occurred JUN-09-00 at MESA, AZ
Aircraft: Piper PA 28-161, registration: N115ND
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

This is a preliminary report. The NTSB will release the final report after completing its investigation.


On June 9, 2000, at 1015 hours mountain standard time, a Piper PA 28-161, N115ND, struck a distance remaining sign on the landing rollout at Gateway airport, Mesa, Arizona. The airplane, owned and operated by the University of North Dakota under 14 CFR Part 91, as an instructional flight, sustained substantial damage. The solo student pilot, the sole occupant, was not injured. Visual meteorological conditions existed for the local training flight and no flight plan was filed. The flight originated earlier on the morning of the accident. The pilot was practicing stop-and-go landings on runway 12R when the airplane veered off the right side of the runway, striking a distance remaining sign with the right wing. After the collision, the aircraft taxied to the ramp without further incident.

Source: National Transportation Safety Board