This November 2008 accident report is provided by the National Transportation Safety Board. Published as an educational tool, it is intended to help pilots learn from the misfortunes of others.
Aircraft: Piper Twin Comanche Injuries: 1 Minor. Location: Kona, Hawaii. Aircraft damage: Substantial.
What reportedly happened: The commercial pilot, who was receiving an initial checkout in the multi-engine airplane from a check pilot in preparation for his multiengine instructor check ride, was attempting to land in a crosswind. He lowered the right wing to compensate for the right crosswind and maintain runway alignment. The check pilot told him that the right wing was too low, so he raised the wing. The airplane drifted to the left of the runway centerline. He then lowered the right wing a second time to compensate for the crosswind, and for the second time the check pilot warned him that the right wing was too low. The check pilot stated that the pilot raised the right wing and suddenly landed the airplane, although it was not aligned with the runway centerline. The airplane veered right. The pilot receiving instruction asked for help in regaining control of the airplane. The check pilot took control of the airplane, but was unable to bring it to a stop before it left the runway and went into rocks.
Probable cause: The inadequate compensation for the crosswind conditions and failure to maintain directional control during the landing roll. Contributing factors were the delayed remedial action by the check pilot, the crosswind condition, and the rough uneven terrain.
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