Aircraft Incident/Accident Report
Marion Airport

Marion, Iowa 52302
Sunday, October 3, 2004 9:30 CDT

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NTSB Narrative Summary Released at Completion of Accident
The airplane impacted an airport hangar while attempting a go-around. The pilot reported that he elected to go-around after encountering turbulence during landing approach to runway 17. The pilot stated "it felt like a gust of wind went under my right wing & belly and just started pushing me over, to the left. I immediately applied right rudder and aileron as hard as I could and tried to push the nose down but there was no response." The pilot reported he "didn't have a chance to put flaps back up or try to cut power." The pilot stated the airplane went "up and over" to the left and impacted the airport hangar. A nearby weather observing station reported the winds at the time of the accident were 200 degrees true at 15 knots, gusting to 19 knots.
NTSB Probable Cause Narrative
The pilot's inadequate compensation for the gusting wind conditions and his failure to maintain aircraft control. Factors to the accident were the encountered turbulence, the gusting wind conditions and the airport hangar.
Event Information
Type of EventAccident 
Event Date10/3/2004 
Event Day of the WeekSunday 
Time of Event930 
Event Time ZoneCentral Daylight Time 
Event CityMarion 
Event StateIOWA 
Event Country-- 
Zipcode of the event site52302 
Event Date Year2004 
Event Date Month10 
MidAir Collision IndicatorNo 
On Ground Collision occurred ?No 
Event Location Latitude420152N 
Event Location Longitude0913146W 
Event Location AirportMarion Airport 
Event Location Nearest Airport IDC17 
Indicates whether the acc/inc occurred off or on an airportOn Airport 
Distance from airport in statute miles0.125 
Degrees magnetic from airport180 
Airport Elevation862 
Weather Briefing CompletenessUnknown 
Investigator's weather sourceWeather Observation Facility 
Time of the weather observation952 Central Daylight Time 
Direction of event from weather observation facility (degrees)225 
Weather Observation Facility IDCID 
Elevation of weather observation facility864 
Distance of event from weather observation facility (units?)12 
Time Zone of the weather observationCDT 
Lighting ConditionsDay 
Lowest Ceiling Height-- 
Lowest Non-Ceiling Height-- 
Sky/Lowest/Cloud ConditionsClear 
Sky Condition for Lowest CeilingIndefinite (V V) 
Visibility Runway Visual Range (Feet)-- 
Visibility Runway Visual Value (Statute Miles)-- 
Visibility (Statute Miles) 10 
Air Temperature at event time (in degrees celsius)12 
Dew Point at event time (in degress fahrenheit)
Wind Direction (degrees magnetic)200 
Variable Wind IndicatorWind direction could be determined 
Wind Speed (knots)15 
Wind Velocity Indicator -- 
Wind Gust IndicatorGusting 
Wind Gust (knots) 19 
Altimeter Setting at event time (in. Hg) 30.13 
Density Altitude (feet)486 
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)16843 
NTSB Notification SourceFAA  
NTSB Notification DateOct 3 2004 12:00AM 
NTSB Notification Time1109 
Fiche Number and/or location -used to find docket informationDMS 
Date of most recent change to recordDec 28 2004 12:45PM 
User who most recently changed recordNTSB\JOHB  
Basic weather conditionsVisual Meteorological Cond 
FAA District OfficeFederal Aviation Administration - Des Moines FSDO 
Aircraft Involved
Aircraft #1
Aircraft Registration NumberN7841N 
NTSB NumberCHI05CA002 
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 NamePiper 
Aircraft ModelPA-28-180 
Aircraft Series Identifier-- 
Aircraft Serial Number28-5296 
Certified Max Gross Weight2400 
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 InspectionAug 1 2004 12:00AM 
Airframe hours since last inspection47 
Airframe Hours3522 
ELT InstalledYes 
ELT ActivatedYes 
ELT Aided Location of Event SiteNo 
ELT Type-- 
Aircraft Owner NameFlying Country Club, Inc. 
Aircraft Owner Street Address702 East 4th Street 
Aircraft Owner CityCoal Valley 
Aircraft Owner StateIL 
Aircraft Owner CountryUSA  
Aircraft Owner Zipcode61240 
Operator is an individual?No 
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?-- 
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)Personal 
Second Pilot on BoardNo 
Departure Point Same as EventNo 
Departure Airport CodeMLI  
Departure CityMoline 
Departure StateIL 
Departure CountryUSA 
Departure Time830 
Departure Time ZoneCDT 
Destination Same as Local Fltcrash at destination city 
Destination Airport CodeC17  
Destination CityMarion 
Destination StateIA 
Destination CountryUSA 
Specific Phase of FlightGo-around (VFR) 
Report sent to ICAO?No 
Evacuation occurredNo 
Date of most recent change to recordNov 5 2004 5:36PM 
User who most recently changed recordDINC  
Since inspection or accidentTime of Accident 
Event Location Runway Number and Location17 
Runway Length3775 
Runway Width100 
Sight Seeing flightNo 
Air Medical FlightNo 
Medical Flight--