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The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped Piper PA-16 reported that, while on final approach to the airport in Manchester, West Virginia , he noticed a vehicle stopped short of the runway on a road that intersected the runway.
After touchdown, while taxiing and about 40 feet from the intersection, the vehicle slowly drove on the runway.
The pilot veered left to avoid the vehicle, and the airplane exited the runway to the left. The plane sustained substantial damage to the left wing and firewall.
The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
He added that he assumed that the driver could see the landing airplane.
Probable cause: A vehicle’s incursion onto an active runway, which resulted in an evasive action by the pilot landing an airplane on that runway and a subsequent runway excursion.
This October 2018 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.
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