Aircraft Incident/Accident Report
Youngstown Elser Metro Airport

North Lima, Ohio 44452
Sunday, August 1, 1999 13:59 EDT

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NTSB Narrative Summary Released at Completion of Accident
After landing, the airplane's main fuel tanks were filled, and the five people got back onboard. The tail was almost touching the ground, and the airplane was sitting nose high. After takeoff, the airplane appeared to have a hard time climbing out, and was 'hanging on the prop.' The airplane turned toward a left downwind. It was initially nose high, then started to slowly lose altitude. Altitude loss quickened, the airplane's nose fell through, and the airplane maintained a sliding, left turn until it impacted the ground about 1/2 mile southwest of the airport. The engine was heard 'roaring' prior to impact, chordwise scratches were found on the propeller blades, and rotational marks were found on the starter housing. The estimated weight of the airplane was approximately 10 pounds under maximum gross weight, while center of gravity computations, using several different baggage loading scenarios, ranged from 1.1 inches, to 0.3 inches, forward of the aft center of gravity limit. Temperature at the time of the accident was 81 degrees Fahrenheit, and the density altitude was about 2,600 feet msl.
NTSB Probable Cause Narrative
The pilot's loss of control of the airplane during a turn. Factors include the pilot's failure maintain sufficient airspeed, and his failure to maintain the airplane in proper trim.
Event Information
Type of EventAccident 
Event Date8/1/1999 
Event Day of the WeekSunday 
Time of Event1359 
Event Time ZoneEastern Daylight Time 
Event CityNORTH LIMA  
Event StateOHIO 
Event Country-- 
Zipcode of the event site44452  
Event Date Year1999 
Event Date Month
MidAir Collision IndicatorNo 
On Ground Collision occurred ?No 
Event Location Latitude  
Event Location Longitude  
Event Location AirportYOUNGSTOWN ELSER METRO  
Event Location Nearest Airport ID4G4  
Indicates whether the acc/inc occurred off or on an airportOff Airport/Airstrip 
Distance from airport in statute miles
Degrees magnetic from airport227 
Airport Elevation-- 
Weather Briefing CompletenessUnknown 
Investigator's weather sourceWeather Observation Facility 
Time of the weather observation1351 Eastern Daylight Time 
Direction of event from weather observation facility (degrees)10 
Weather Observation Facility IDYNG  
Elevation of weather observation facility1060 
Distance of event from weather observation facility (units?)18 
Time Zone of the weather observationEDT 
Lighting ConditionsDay 
Lowest Ceiling Height
Lowest Non-Ceiling Height5000 
Sky/Lowest/Cloud ConditionsScattered 
Sky Condition for Lowest CeilingNone 
Visibility Runway Visual Range (Feet)
Visibility Runway Visual Value (Statute Miles)
Visibility (Statute Miles) 10 
Air Temperature at event time (in degrees celsius)27 
Dew Point at event time (in degress fahrenheit)17 
Wind Direction (degrees magnetic)320 
Variable Wind IndicatorUnknown 
Wind Speed (knots)12 
Wind Velocity Indicator Unknown 
Wind Gust IndicatorNot Gusting 
Wind Gust (knots)
Altimeter Setting at event time (in. Hg) 29 
Density Altitude (feet)2600 
Intensity of PrecipitationUnknown 
METAR weather report -- 
Event Highest InjuryFatal 
On Ground, Fatal Injuries
On Ground, Minor Injuries
On Ground, Serious Injuries
Injury Total Fatal
Injury Total Minor-- 
Injury Total None-- 
Injury Total Serious
Injury Total All
Investigating AgencyNTSB 
NTSB Docket Number (internal use)1107 
NTSB Notification Source-- 
NTSB Notification DateAug 1 1999 12:00AM 
NTSB Notification Time1530 
Fiche Number and/or location -used to find docket informationIMAGE 
Date of most recent change to recordJan 10 2001 10:14AM 
User who most recently changed recorddbo  
Basic weather conditionsVisual Meteorological Cond 
FAA District Office-- 
Aircraft Involved
Aircraft #1
Aircraft Registration NumberN5526J 
NTSB NumberNYC99FA187  
Missing Aircraft Indicator
Federal Aviation Reg. PartPart 91: General Aviation 
Type of Flight Plan filedNone 
Flight plan Was Activated?-- 
DamageDestroyed 
Aircraft FireNone 
Aircraft ExplosionNone 
Aircraft Manufacturer's Full NamePiper  
Aircraft ModelPA-32-260  
Aircraft Series IdentifierPA-32-260  
Aircraft Serial Number32986  
Certified Max Gross Weight3400 
Aircraft CategoryAirplane 
Aircraft Registration ClassU.S. Registered/U.S. Soil 
Aircraft is a homebuilt?No 
Flight Crew Seats-- 
Cabin Crew Seats-- 
Passenger Seats-- 
Total number of seats on the aircraft
Number of Engines
Fixed gear or retractable gearFixed 
Aircraft, Type of Last InspectionAnnual 
Date of Last InspectionOct 1 1998 12:00AM 
Airframe hours since last inspection167 
Airframe Hours4159 
ELT InstalledYes 
ELT ActivatedYes 
ELT Aided Location of Event SiteNo 
ELT Type-- 
Aircraft Owner NameBARN SWALLOWS, INC.  
Aircraft Owner Street Address487 RUGBY ROAD  
Aircraft Owner CityBIRDSBORO  
Aircraft Owner StatePA 
Aircraft Owner Country  
Aircraft Owner Zipcode19508  
Operator is an individual?-- 
Operator Name  
Operator Same as Owner?Yes 
Operator Is Doing Business As-- 
Operator Address Same as Owner?Yes 
Operator Street Address  
Operator City  
Operator State  
Operator Country  
Operator Zip code  
Operator Code  
Owner has at least one certificateNone 
Other Operator of large aircraft?No 
Certified for Part 133 or 137 OperationUnknown 
Operator Certificate Number-- 
Indicates whether an air carrier operation was scheduled or not-- 
Indicates Domestic or International Flight-- 
Operator carrying Pax/Cargo/Mail-- 
Type of Flying (Per_Bus / Primary)Personal 
Second Pilot on BoardNo 
Departure Point Same as EventYes 
Departure Airport Code4G4  
Departure City  
Departure State  
Departure Country  
Departure Time1358 
Departure Time ZoneEDT 
Destination Same as Local Flt-- 
Destination Airport CodeN47  
Destination CityPOTTSTOWN  
Destination StatePA 
Destination Country  
Specific Phase of Flight-- 
Report sent to ICAO?-- 
Evacuation occurred-- 
Date of most recent change to recordJan 10 2001 12:27PM 
User who most recently changed recorddbo  
Since inspection or accident-- 
Event Location Runway Number and Location0  
Runway Length-- 
Runway Width-- 
Sight Seeing flightNo 
Air Medical FlightNo 
Medical Flight--