Thursday, June 02, 2016

Piper PA 46-350P, N301DM: Accident occurred June 02, 2016 at Boeing Field Seattle (KBFI), King County, Washington

Kathryn's Report:


NTSB Identification: WPR16LA127
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, June 02, 2016 in Seattle, WA
Aircraft: PIPER PA46, registration: N301DM
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 June 2, 2016, about 0230 Pacific daylight time, a Piper PA 46-350P, N301DM, was substantially damaged during a gear-up landing at Boeing Field/King County International Airport (BFI), Seattle, Washington. The private pilot and the sole passenger were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed and active. The cross-country flight, which had departed Reno, Nevada, about two and one-half hours prior to the accident, was being conducted in accordance with 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, with the destination airport being BFI.

In postaccident statements supplied to the National Transportation Safety Board investigator-in-charge, and a Federal Aviation Administration aviation safety inspector, the pilot reported that just before he was given a final vector for the instrument landing system (ILS) 13R approach to BFI, and at an elevation of 2,200 feet mean sea level, he noticed that the two Tie Buss generator circuit breakers had popped; with no noticeable failures observed, he reset both by pushing them, and they stayed in. The pilot further reported that shortly thereafter when he was given a final vector to join the localizer, the whole panel went dark, with all of the post lights, backlit gauges, and engine instrument gauges having failed; the G500, both GNS530's, the 2 Garmin Transponders, the GMX200, the audio panel, and the autopilot were still functional. The pilot opined that this failure also affected the 3 green landing gear down and locked lights, and the landing gear warning horn. The pilot reported that he looked for the cause, but in the darkness it was difficult to see the position of the circuit breakers, and proceeded with the approach in order to get the airplane on the ground as soon as possible. When the autopilot joined the localizer and coupled with the glideslope, he lowered the flaps and extended the [landing] gear sequentially. The pilot stated that he thought he felt the gear [extend], but without the 3 green gear locked lights and without the gear warning horn, he was unable to determine if the gear was down and locked. The pilot subsequently made a gear-up landing on runway 13R at BFI, slid down the runway, and came to a stop upright, after which he shut down the engine.

The pilot reported that later that morning when a crane was used to lift the airplane, the landing gear was deployed to the down and locked position by gravity freefall. Subsequently, the pilot noticed that one of the two Tie Buss Main circuit breakers was popped out, which he had been unable to see in the darkness while making the approach. The pilot further stated that when he reset the breaker, the panel light came back up, the gear warning horn came on, the landing gear cycled normally, and the 3 green [landing] gear lights illuminated. The pilot also revealed during the postaccident interview with the NTSB IIC and the FAA IIC, that having encountered icing conditions en route, he activated the airplane's deicing equipment en route, which remained on throughout the entirety of the event, including the gear-up landing.

The airplane was recovered to a secured location for further examination.

SEATTLE - The main runway at Boeing Field was closed for hours early Thursday after a small plane landed there without its landing gear.

Officials say the Piper PA-46-350P Malibu Mirage aircraft made a scheduled landing at about 2:15 a.m. after its landing gear had a malfunction and wouldn't deploy.

The plane landed safely despite the lack of landing gear, and the two people aboard were able to exit the aircraft without injury, said Boeing Field spokeswoman Susan West.

But the plane was immobilized once on the ground, and it blocked the main runway until a crane could be brought in to move it.

The plane was eventually removed by around 6 a.m. and the main runway was reopened soon afterward.

The FAA is being brought in to investigate the incident, West said.

Original article can be found here:

SEATTLE – A small plane skidded to a landing without its landing gear deployed at Boeing Field early Thursday morning.

Crews were seen removing the Piper PA-46-350P Malibu Mirage plane using a crane. It's owned by a Kirkland Real Estate company.

The plane flew into the Seattle area from Reno at around 3 a.m., according to Flight Aware.

Airport spokeswoman Rochelle Ogershok told The Associated Press that there were two people onboard and neither was injured.

Ogershok says the landing gear on the single-engine Piper Malibu malfunctioned and it was forced to land on its belly.

She says the plane was removed at about 5:50 a.m. and the main runway was reopened.

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