Aircraft Incident/Accident Report
Ohio State University Airport

Columbus, Ohio 43235
Friday, September 30, 1988 21:24 EDT

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NTSB Narrative Summary Released at Completion of Accident
THE AIRPLANE WAS DESTROYED WHEN IT COLLIDED WITH TERRAIN SHORTLY AFTER DEPARTURE. TWO WITNESSES TO THE ACCIDENT WHO SAW THE ACCIDENT AIRPLANE LIFT OFF FROM THE RUNWAY DESCRIBED THE FLIGHT PATH AS ERRATIC IN NATURE WITH RANDOM MOVEMENT IN ALL THREE AXIS, PITCH, ROLL AND YAW. THE WITNESSES DID NOT SEE THE ACTUAL IMPACT. EVIDENCE SHOWS THAT THE UPPER HALF OF THE MAIN ENTRY CLAMSHELL DOOR WAS NOT CLOSED AT IMPACT. RADIO TRANSMISSIONS FROM THE ACCIDENT AIRPLANE WHILE IN FLIGHT SHOW A ELEVATED VOICE LEVEL INDICATIVE OF STRESS AS THE PIC ATTEMPTED TO MAINTAIN CONTROL THE AIRPLANE DURING PITCH AND ROLL EXCURSIONS. THE RADIO TRANSMISSIONS WERE UNINTELLIGIBLE. THE TWR HAD CLEARED THE ACFT TO LAND ON ANY RWY.
NTSB Probable Cause Narrative
AERODYNAMICALLY STALLED LIFTING SURFACE CAUSING AN UNCOMMANDED PITCH OVER AT AN ALTITUDE TOO LOW TO AFFECT A RECOVERY.
Event Information
Type of EventAccident 
Event Date9/30/1988 
Event Day of the WeekFriday 
Time of Event2124 
Event Time ZoneEastern Daylight Time 
Event CityCOLUMBUS  
Event StateOHIO 
Event Country-- 
Zipcode of the event site43235  
Event Date Year1988 
Event Date Month
MidAir Collision IndicatorNo 
On Ground Collision occurred ?No 
Event Location Latitude  
Event Location Longitude  
Event Location AirportOHIO STATE UNIVERSITY  
Event Location Nearest Airport ID  
Indicates whether the acc/inc occurred off or on an airportOff Airport/Airstrip 
Distance from airport in statute miles
Degrees magnetic from airport
Airport Elevation
Weather Briefing CompletenessUnknown 
Investigator's weather sourceWeather Observation Facility 
Time of the weather observation2124 Eastern Daylight Time 
Direction of event from weather observation facility (degrees)240 
Weather Observation Facility IDOSU  
Elevation of weather observation facility905 
Distance of event from weather observation facility (units?)
Time Zone of the weather observationEDT 
Lighting ConditionsNight/Dark 
Lowest Ceiling Height8000 
Lowest Non-Ceiling Height
Sky/Lowest/Cloud ConditionsUnknown 
Sky Condition for Lowest CeilingBroken 
Visibility Runway Visual Range (Feet)
Visibility Runway Visual Value (Statute Miles)
Visibility (Statute Miles) 10 
Air Temperature at event time (in degrees celsius)20 
Dew Point at event time (in degress fahrenheit)19 
Wind Direction (degrees magnetic)170 
Variable Wind IndicatorUnknown 
Wind Speed (knots)
Wind Velocity Indicator Unknown 
Wind Gust IndicatorNot Gusting 
Wind Gust (knots)
Altimeter Setting at event time (in. Hg) 30 
Density Altitude (feet)-- 
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)2338 
NTSB Notification Source-- 
NTSB Notification DateSep 30 1988 12:00AM 
NTSB Notification Time2227 
Fiche Number and/or location -used to find docket information40434 
Date of most recent change to recordDec 13 2000 12:08PM 
User who most recently changed recorddbo  
Basic weather conditionsVisual Meteorological Cond 
FAA District Office-- 
Aircraft Involved
Aircraft #1
Aircraft Registration NumberN14HR 
NTSB NumberCHI88FA249  
Missing Aircraft Indicator
Federal Aviation Reg. PartPart 91: General Aviation 
Type of Flight Plan filedIFR 
Flight plan Was Activated?-- 
DamageDestroyed 
Aircraft FireGround 
Aircraft ExplosionGround 
Aircraft Manufacturer's Full NamePIPER  
Aircraft ModelPA-60-601P  
Aircraft Series IdentifierPA-60-601P 
Aircraft Serial Number61P-0479-193 
Certified Max Gross Weight6000 
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 gearRetractable 
Aircraft, Type of Last InspectionAnnual 
Date of Last InspectionSep 22 1988 12:00AM 
Airframe hours since last inspection
Airframe Hours3075 
ELT InstalledUnknown 
ELT ActivatedNo 
ELT Aided Location of Event SiteNo 
ELT Type-- 
Aircraft Owner NameROBERT HOLLBERT  
Aircraft Owner Street Address1607 EASTON ROAD  
Aircraft Owner CityWARRINGTON  
Aircraft Owner StatePA 
Aircraft Owner Country  
Aircraft Owner Zipcode18976  
Operator is an individual?-- 
Operator NameROBERT HOLBERT  
Operator Same as Owner?No 
Operator Is Doing Business As-- 
Operator Address Same as Owner?No 
Operator Street Address1607 EASTON RD.  
Operator CityWARRINGTON  
Operator StatePA 
Operator Country  
Operator Zip code18976  
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)Business 
Second Pilot on BoardNo 
Departure Point Same as EventYes 
Departure Airport CodeOSU  
Departure CityCOLUMBUS  
Departure StateOH 
Departure Country  
Departure Time2124 
Departure Time ZoneEDT 
Destination Same as Local Flt-- 
Destination Airport CodeN88  
Destination CityDOYLESTOWN  
Destination StatePA 
Destination Country  
Specific Phase of FlightDescent 
Report sent to ICAO?-- 
Evacuation occurred-- 
Date of most recent change to recordJan 2 2001 10:35AM 
User who most recently changed recorddbo  
Since inspection or accident-- 
Event Location Runway Number and Location9R 
Runway Length5000 
Runway Width100 
Sight Seeing flightNo 
Air Medical FlightNo 
Medical Flight--