Aircraft Incident/Accident Report
Clayton County - Tara Field Airport

Hampton, Georgia 30228
Thursday, May 29, 2003 15:20 EDT

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NTSB Narrative Summary Released at Completion of Accident
According to the certified flight instructor (CFI), a low pass was conducted to demonstrate crosswind landing drift control. During the low pass the airplane encountered a strong gust of wind, and the right wing tip impacted the runway. The airplane cartwheeled and came to rest on the runway. No mechanical or flight control malfunctions were reported by the pilots prior to the accident.
NTSB Probable Cause Narrative
The certified flight instructor's failure to maintain clearance from the runway during a low pass. A factor was gusty wind conditions.
Event Information
Type of EventAccident 
Event Date5/29/2003 
Event Day of the WeekThursday 
Time of Event1520 
Event Time ZoneEastern Daylight Time 
Event CityHampton 
Event StateGEORGIA 
Event Country-- 
Zipcode of the event site30228 
Event Date Year2003 
Event Date Month
MidAir Collision IndicatorNo 
On Ground Collision occurred ?Yes 
Event Location Latitude332312N 
Event Location Longitude0841934W 
Event Location AirportCLAYTON COUNTY - TARA FIELD 
Event Location Nearest Airport ID4A7 
Indicates whether the acc/inc occurred off or on an airportOn Airport 
Distance from airport in statute miles
Degrees magnetic from airport
Airport Elevation874 
Weather Briefing CompletenessFull 
Investigator's weather sourceWeather Observation Facility 
Time of the weather observation1853 Eastern Daylight Time 
Direction of event from weather observation facility (degrees)360 
Weather Observation Facility IDKATL 
Elevation of weather observation facility1026 
Distance of event from weather observation facility (units?)15 
Time Zone of the weather observationEDT 
Lighting ConditionsDay 
Lowest Ceiling Height-- 
Lowest Non-Ceiling Height6500 
Sky/Lowest/Cloud ConditionsFew 
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)26 
Dew Point at event time (in degress fahrenheit)
Wind Direction (degrees magnetic)300 
Variable Wind IndicatorWind direction could be determined 
Wind Speed (knots)19 
Wind Velocity Indicator -- 
Wind Gust IndicatorGusting 
Wind Gust (knots) 25 
Altimeter Setting at event time (in. Hg) 29.79 
Density Altitude (feet)2505 
Intensity of Precipitation-- 
METAR weather report -- 
Event Highest InjuryMinor 
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)19821 
NTSB Notification SourceFAA Communication Center  
NTSB Notification DateMay 29 2003 12:00AM 
NTSB Notification Time1740 
Fiche Number and/or location -used to find docket informationDMS 
Date of most recent change to recordJun 28 2006 1:30PM 
User who most recently changed recordNTSB\JOHB  
Basic weather conditionsVisual Meteorological Cond 
FAA District OfficeAtlanta FSDO 
Aircraft Involved
Aircraft #1
Aircraft Registration NumberN140PF 
NTSB NumberATL03LA098 
Missing Aircraft Indicator-- 
Federal Aviation Reg. PartPart 91: General Aviation 
Type of Flight Plan filedNone 
Flight plan Was Activated?No 
Aircraft FireNone 
Aircraft ExplosionNone 
Aircraft Manufacturer's Full NameCessna 
Aircraft Model172N 
Aircraft Series Identifier-- 
Aircraft Serial Number17273490 
Certified Max Gross Weight2300 
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 InspectionMar 1 2003 12:00AM 
Airframe hours since last inspection
Airframe Hours3690 
ELT InstalledYes 
ELT ActivatedNo 
ELT Aided Location of Event SiteNo 
ELT Type-- 
Aircraft Owner Street Address3511 SILVERSIDE RD STE 105 
Aircraft Owner CityWILMINGTON 
Aircraft Owner StateDE 
Aircraft Owner CountryUSA  
Aircraft Owner Zipcode19810 
Operator is an individual?No 
Operator NamePeachtree Flight Center 
Operator Same as Owner?No 
Operator Is Doing Business As-- 
Operator Address Same as Owner?No 
Operator Street Address5 Falcon Drive 
Operator CityPeachtree City 
Operator StateGA 
Operator CountryUSA  
Operator Zip code30269 
Operator Code-- 
Owner has at least one certificateNone 
Other Operator of large aircraft?-- 
Certified for Part 133 or 137 Operation-- 
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)Instructional 
Second Pilot on Board-- 
Departure Point Same as EventNo 
Departure Airport CodeFFC  
Departure CityATLANTA 
Departure StateGA 
Departure CountryUSA 
Departure Time1455 
Departure Time ZoneEDT 
Destination Same as Local Fltcrash at destination city 
Destination Airport Code4A7  
Destination CityHampton 
Destination State  
Destination CountryUSA 
Specific Phase of FlightApproach - VFR pattern - final approach 
Report sent to ICAO?No 
Evacuation occurredNo 
Date of most recent change to recordSep 9 2003 11:32AM 
User who most recently changed recordPOWP  
Since inspection or accidentLast Inspection 
Event Location Runway Number and Location240 
Runway Length4503 
Runway Width75 
Sight Seeing flightNo 
Air Medical FlightNo 
Medical Flight--