Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Landing Gear Collapse: Piper PA-28-181, N3024C; accident occurred June 24, 2016 at Hudson Valley Regional Airport (KPOU), Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County, New York

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity: 

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Saddle Brook, New Jersey

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms


Location: Poughkeepsie, NY
Accident Number: ERA16LA234
Date & Time: 06/24/2016, 1130 EDT
Registration: N3024C
Aircraft: PIPER PA28
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Landing gear collapse
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional

On June 24, 2016, at 1130 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-28-181, N3024C, was substantially damaged while taxing at the Dutchess County Airport (POU), Poughkeepsie, New York. The flight instructor and student pilot were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed. The airplane was registered to and operated by West Field Flight Academy, in accordance with 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as an instructional flight.

According to the flight instructor, after landing on runway 6, he contacted the POU air traffic control tower and requested to taxi on the crossing runway to the ramp. They taxied the airplane about 3,000 ft down the runway and just prior to the turn, the airplane started to veer to the left. The flight instructor heard a "metallic sound" left main landing gear collapsed bringing the airplane to a stop. The flight instructor informed the tower controller, performed an engine shut down, and exited the airplane with the student pilot.

Examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the left main landing gear strut separated from the wing spar attachment. Further examination revealed the wing spar bent upward. Examination of the landing gear strut revealed that the attaching bolts had sheared in the vicinity of the threads. The fracture features of the bolts displayed signatures consistent with overstress failure.

Flight Instructor Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Flight Instructor
Age: 60, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s):Airplane 
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Multi-engine; Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/05/2016
Occupational Pilot:Yes 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 06/09/2015
Flight Time: (Estimated) 7862 hours (Total, all aircraft), 3500 hours (Total, this make and model), 7500 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 119 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 42 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Student Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 54, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 06/06/2016
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 23 hours (Total, all aircraft), 19 hours (Total, this make and model), 23 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: PIPER
Registration: N3024C
Model/Series: PA28 181
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 28-7990149
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 04/12/2016, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2550 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 98 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 7212.5 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: C91 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-360-A4M
Rated Power: 180 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: POU, 163 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1153 EDT
Direction from Accident Site: 0°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 30.06 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / 9°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Poughkeepsie, NY (POU)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Poughkeepsie, NY (POU)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1105 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Airport: Dutchess County Airport (POU)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 163 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 33
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2744 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 41.626667, -73.884167 (est)

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