Investigator Says Student Took Off From Wrong Runway
A student pilot walked away unhurt Wednesday night when a Piper
PA-28-161 Warrior ran off the end of a runway at St. Augustine
Investigators told WJXT-4 the plane (file photo of type, above)
attempted to take off from the wrong runway at SGJ around 8:30 pm
EST Wednesday, but the runway was too short.
Photos from the scene show the aircraft partially submerged in
the Intracoastal Waterway, less than 100 feet off the approach end
of runway 24. Runway 6/24 is listed on FAA aeronautical charts as
2701 feet in length.
The aircraft is based at Deland Municipal Airport, according to
the news report.
The plane was expected to be pulled from the water Thursday,
following examination by the NTSB.
Make/Model: PA28 Description: PA-28
CHEROKEE, ARROW, WARRIOR, ACHER, D
Date: 02/07/2008 Time: 0055
Event Type: Incident Highest Injury:
None Mid Air: N Missing:
City: SAINT AUGUSTINE State: FL
AIRCRAFT ON TAKEOFF, RAN OFF THE END OF THE RUNWAY, SAINT
INJURY DATA Total
# Crew: 1 Fat:
# Pass: 0 Fat:
Fat: 0 Ser:
WEATHER: KSGJ SPECI 0055Z 23006KT 10SM SKC 24/13 A2997
Activity: Training Phase:
Take-off Operation: OTHER
FAA FSDO: ORLANDO, FL
Entry date: 02/07/2008