Sunday, June 19, 2016

Velocity SEFG, N7044Q: Accident occurred Saturday, April 30, 2016 at Worcester Regional Airport (KORH), Worcester County, Massachusetts

Kathryn's Report:

NTSB Identification: ERA16LA177
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, April 30, 2016 in Worcester, MA
Aircraft: MAHER DANIEL J VELOCITY, registration: N7044Q
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 April 30, 2016, about 1556 eastern daylight time, a Velocity SEFG, N7044Q, was substantially damaged during landing at Worcester, Massachusetts. The airline transport rated pilot and passenger were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local personal flight conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, which originated at Worcester Regional Airport (ORH), Worcester, Massachusetts.

In a statement submitted to a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the pilot stated that upon landing, immediately after nose wheel contact, the nose strut collapsed and the airplane skidded on its nose. 

In a telephone interview with National Transportation Safety Board investigator-in-charge, the pilot stated that he had purchased the airplane in November, 2015. There were no preflight anomalies noted before the local area flight, and no mechanical or performance deficiencies before the final full-stop landing. There was no record of any maintenance done on the nose gear casting.

At 1554, the weather recorded at ORH included winds from 160 at 5 knots.

Examination of photographs revealed the airplane rested on the nose landing gear strut with the nose wheel and its mounting trunion separated. The nose wheel remained in the trunion, and the nose gear casting was fractured at the gear mount attach point. The propeller tips were damaged, and parallel slash marks consistent with a propeller strike were visible on the runway surface prior to where the airplane came to rest. The composite airframe structure at the nose landing gear strut attach point was fractured, and punctured the cockpit footwell, which resulted in substantial damage to the airframe. 

The nose gear casting segments were forwarded to the NTSB Materials Laboratory in Washington, DC for examination.

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