Marion Airport
Aircraft Accident/Incident Report

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

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 Event Accident
Event Date 10/3/2004
Event Day of the Week Sunday
Time of Event 930
Event Time Zone Central Daylight Time
Event City Marion
Event State IOWA
Event Country --
Zipcode of the event site 52302
Event Date Year 2004
Event Date Month 10
MidAir Collision Indicator No
On Ground Collision occurred ? No
Event Location Latitude 420152N
Event Location Longitude 0913146W
Event Location Airport Marion Airport
Event Location Nearest Airport ID C17
Indicates whether the acc/inc occurred off or on an airport On Airport
Distance from airport in statute miles 0.125
Degrees magnetic from airport 180
Airport Elevation 862
Weather Briefing Completeness Unknown
Investigator's weather source Weather Observation Facility
Time of the weather observation 952 Central Daylight Time
Direction of event from weather observation facility (degrees) 225
Weather Observation Facility ID CID
Elevation of weather observation facility 864
Distance of event from weather observation facility (units?) 12
Time Zone of the weather observation CDT
Lighting Conditions Day
Lowest Ceiling Height --
Lowest Non-Ceiling Height --
Sky/Lowest/Cloud Conditions Clear
Sky Condition for Lowest Ceiling Indefinite (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) 2
Wind Direction (degrees magnetic) 200
Variable Wind Indicator Wind direction could be determined
Wind Speed (knots) 15
Wind Velocity Indicator --
Wind Gust Indicator Gusting
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 Injury Minor
On Ground, Fatal Injuries --
On Ground, Minor Injuries --
On Ground, Serious Injuries --
Injury Total Fatal --
Injury Total Minor 2
Injury Total None --
Injury Total Serious --
Injury Total All 2
Investigating Agency NTSB
NTSB Docket Number (internal use) 16843
NTSB Notification Source FAA
NTSB Notification Date Oct 3 2004 12:00AM
NTSB Notification Time 1109
Fiche Number and/or location -used to find docket information DMS
Date of most recent change to record Dec 28 2004 12:45PM
User who most recently changed record NTSB\JOHB
Basic weather conditions Visual Meteorological Cond
FAA District Office Federal Aviation Administration - Des Moines FSDO

Aircraft Involved

Aircraft #1

Aircraft Registration Number N7841N
NTSB Number CHI05CA002
Missing Aircraft Indicator --
Federal Aviation Reg. Part Part 91: General Aviation
Type of Flight Plan filed None
Flight plan Was Activated? No
Damage Substantial
Aircraft Fire None
Aircraft Explosion None
Aircraft Manufacturer's Full Name Piper
Aircraft Model PA-28-180
Aircraft Series Identifier --
Aircraft Serial Number 28-5296
Certified Max Gross Weight 2400
Aircraft Category Airplane
Aircraft Registration Class U.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 4
Number of Engines 1
Fixed gear or retractable gear Fixed
Aircraft, Type of Last Inspection Annual
Date of Last Inspection Aug 1 2004 12:00AM
Airframe hours since last inspection 47
Airframe Hours 3522
ELT Installed Yes
ELT Activated Yes
ELT Aided Location of Event Site No
ELT Type --
Aircraft Owner Name Flying Country Club, Inc.
Aircraft Owner Street Address 702 East 4th Street
Aircraft Owner City Coal Valley
Aircraft Owner State IL
Aircraft Owner Country USA
Aircraft Owner Zipcode 61240
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 certificate None
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 Board No
Departure Point Same as Event No
Departure Airport Code MLI
Departure City Moline
Departure State IL
Departure Country USA
Departure Time 830
Departure Time Zone CDT
Destination Same as Local Flt crash at destination city
Destination Airport Code C17
Destination City Marion
Destination State IA
Destination Country USA
Specific Phase of Flight Go-around (VFR)
Report sent to ICAO? No
Evacuation occurred No
Date of most recent change to record Nov 5 2004 5:36PM
User who most recently changed record DINC
Since inspection or accident Time of Accident
Event Location Runway Number and Location 17
Runway Length 3775
Runway Width 100
Sight Seeing flight No
Air Medical Flight No
Medical Flight --