Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Piper PA-60-602P Aerostar, Managed Aviation Inc., N3AG: Accident occurred January 02, 2013 in North Las Vegas, Nevada

NTSB Identification: WPR13LA082
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, January 02, 2013 in North Las Vegas, NV
Aircraft: PIPER PA-60-602P, registration: N3AG
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On January 2, 2013, about 1615 Pacific standard time, a Piper PA-60-602P, N3AG, veered off the runway during landing at North Las Vegas, Nevada. The pilot/owner was operating the airplane under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91. The private pilot receiving instruction and the certified flight instructor (CFI) were not injured; the airplane sustained substantial damage from a post-crash fire. The local instructional flight departed North Las Vegas at an undetermined time. Visual meteorological (VMC) conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed.

The pilot was practicing simulated single-engine landings with the CFI on board. During landing, a main landing gear collapsed, and the airplane veered off the runway into the infield. The pilot and CFI egressed, and then the airplane caught fire.

  Regis#: 3AG        Make/Model: PA60      Description: PIPER PA 60
  Date: 01/03/2013     Time: 0014

  Event Type: Accident   Highest Injury: None     Mid Air: N    Missing: N
  Damage: Substantial

  City: NORTH LAS VEGAS   State: NV   Country: US


INJURY DATA      Total Fatal:   0
                 # Crew:   1     Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:    
                 # Pass:   1     Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:    
                 # Grnd:         Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:    

  Activity: Unknown      Phase: Landing      Operation: OTHER

  FAA FSDO: LAS VEGAS, NV  (WP19)                 Entry date: 01/03/2013 

 Norman B. Ivans might want to think twice before he tries to land another airplane at the North Las Vegas Airport during the first week of January - if the Federal Aviation Administration lets him fly at all. 

 Ivans was at the controls of the twin-engine Piper Aerostar that crash-landed and then burned Wednesday at Nevada's second-busiest airport .

He was flying a different twin-engine Piper Aerostar when it crash-landed at North Las Vegas on Jan. 5, 2012 - exactly 363 days from one crash to the next.

"That was me," Ivans confirmed Monday when asked whether he was at the controls Wednesday when the Aerostar with tail number N3AG skidded off the runway. He and his passenger, flight instructor Gary A. Marsh, escaped serious injury before flames engulfed the cabin.

The latest crash was strikingly similar to the 2012 accident. According to a National Transportation Safety Board preliminary report, Ivans was trying to land his Piper Aerostar, tail number N104RM, at about 4 p.m. at the North Las Vegas Airport.

"Shortly after touchdown, the airplane veered to the left and departed the runway. It then veered right, crossed the runway and came to rest adjacent to it," the report said.

"Both wing tips were bent up, the left wing's fuel tank was compromised, and the fuselage had several holes in it," according to the report by investigator-in-charge James F. Struhsaker.

Ivans was alone in the plane and was not injured in the 2012 crash. The report, updated on Jan. 17, 2012, was still listed as "preliminary" Monday on the safety board's website. No probable cause for the crash was listed.

The preliminary report on last week's accident was not yet posted late Monday.

Standing inside the front door of his home in northwest Las Vegas, Ivans said he has been flying "close to 40 years" and attributed last week's crash to "a mechanical failure." He declined further comment about that, saying he is "involved with litigation."

FAA records show Ivans held a private pilot certificate issued in 2006 for single- and multi-engine aircraft over land, with required corrective lenses.

Ivans said kept his private pilot's license after last year's crash, but it was restricted to student pilot privileges, meaning he isn't allowed to carry passengers other than a certified flight instructor. Marsh, the flight instructor on board Wednesday, didn't respond to a call requesting comment.

FAA spokesman Ian Gregor in an email said Ivans "physically turned in his private pilot certificate to the Las Vegas Flight Standards Office. He has a temporary, student certificate.

"As a result of the 2012 accident, we required Mr. Ivans to be re-examined by an FAA inspector to prove he is proficient at operating a Piper Aerostar."

How last week's crash will factor in the FAA's judgment remains to be seen. Calls to a National Transportation Safety Board investigator assigned to Wednesday's crash weren't returned Monday.

While no one was injured in either accident, crashing Piper Aerostars is expensive .

The six-seat plane destroyed last week was registered to Managed Aviation Inc., a Nevada corporation that lists Ivans as sole officer and director. Made in 1983, the Aerostar Superstar 700 model was offered for sale last year at $425,000 on an Aerostar aircraft website.

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Authorities say two people escaped serious injury in a small twin-engine aircraft crash at North Las Vegas Airport.

Airport spokesman Chris Jones says the Aerostar aircraft skidded off a runway and caught fire shortly after 4 p.m., but two people on board were able to get away before flames engulfed the cabin.

It wasn't immediately clear whether they received other injuries.

North Las Vegas Fire Capt. Cedric Williams says fire crews were responding to the fire at the busy general aviation airport a little under 8 miles northwest of downtown Las Vegas.

News 3's Mackenzie Warren is at the scene and gathering more information.

LAS VEGAS -- Crews have extinguished a fire that destroyed a twin-engine aircraft that broke out in flames after a hard landing at North Las Vegas Airport.

 Fire crews were seen about 4:20 p.m. Wednesday attempting to put out the flames, using a purple fire retardant.

FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said the Piper Aerostar aircraft skidded off a runway after landing about 4:15 p.m. The plane came to rest and caught fire.

The two people on board were able to get away before flames engulfed the cabin, Las Vegas Fire spokesman Tim Szymanski said.

It wasn't immediately clear whether they received other injuries.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash landing, Gregor said. The NTSB is not expected to have a probable cause of what caused the crash for months, he said.

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