High Wing/ Low Wing
NTSB Identification: SEA08LA057A
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, January 01, 2008 in Sonoma, CA
Aircraft: Piper PA 28-180, registration: N8037W
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.
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On January 1, 2008, about 1430 Pacific standard time, a Piper PA 28-180, N8037W, and a Barnard/Stancil Glastar, N15EX, collided in flight at the Sonoma County Airport (OQ3), Schellville/Sonoma, California. Both pilots were operating the airplanes under the provisions of 14 CFR Part 91. The private pilot of the Piper, the sole occupant, and the commercial pilot and one passenger of the Glastar, were not injured. The Piper sustained minor damage, and the Glastar sustained substantial damage. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for either flight.
According to the pilot of the Piper, he was landing at the airport to attend a fly-in. As he was approaching the runway to land, he heard a thump and then saw the Glastar climb out from below his airplane. He noted damage to the rudder of the Glastar. The Glastar pilot attempted to go around the landing pattern and land at Sonoma. However, due to control difficulties, the Glastar pilot flew to Napa County Airport, Napa, California, where he landed uneventfully.