Pearson Field Airport: Vancouver, Washington

Airport is located 2 miles south west of Vancouver, Washington.

Airport History;

Pearson Field Airport Today:  Possibly the oldest operating airport in the US;

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Pearson Field Airport Special Events & Attractions:  Fort Vancouver Historic Site; Mt St Helens; Pearson Air Museum;

Pearson Field Airport Area Accident History:

The student pilot attempted a takeoff in his experimental light sport aircraft (powered parachute). On previous occasions, he had successfully become airborne from his backyard. The pilot indicated that during acceleration he was unable to gain adequate lift due to the "stagnant air condition." There was little or no wind and the airplane was carrying a passenger. The powered parachute impacted a garage. The student pilot further reported that he was working on obtaining a sport pilot certificate. The pilot reported that he experienced no preimpact mechanical malfunction with the aircraft.
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The pilot stated that the automated terminal information service reported that the winds were from the west at 6 knots. He entered downwind for runway 26, turned a long final at 500 feet, and planned to touch down just past the runway numbers. He noted a headwind as he approached at 90 miles per hour (mph). About 20 feet above ground level, the airplane suddenly sank. The airplane touched down hard in a nose-high attitude and the landing gear collapsed. The airplane skidded about 1,000 feet and stopped off the left side of the runway. The pilot noted that he normally flew an approach speed of 90 mph, and chose to do so because the runway was only 2,600 feet long due to a displaced threshold. He uses 100 mph in high temperature or gusty wind conditions. He opined that if he had been at 100 mph, he might have been able to stop the unexpected high sink rate prior to contacting the runway.
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Witnesses located near the accident reported seeing the airplane takeoff, make a 180 degree turn, and fly down the runway at an altitude of about 30 feet above ground level (agl). As the airplane crossed the end of the runway, it pitched upwards into a steep climb, and the pilot did an aileron roll to the right, about 200 feet agl. The witness said that at the completion of the roll, the airplane appeared to be in a level attitude when a slight movement was observed, "as if it hit turbulence." The airplane subsequently descended in a nose-low attitude, eventually descending below a tree line. Examination of the airplane revealed no anomalies with the engine or airframe that would have precluded normal operation.



Pearson Field Airport Approach/Landing Video:

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