Monday, September 12, 2016

Piper PA46R-350T, AirTrek Investments Ltd., N563WT: Accident occurred September 08, 2016 in Reserve, Catron County, New Mexico

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: 


FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Albuquerque FSDO-01

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA505
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, September 08, 2016 in Reserve, NM
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/06/2017
Aircraft: PIPER AIRCRAFT INC PA46R, registration: N563WT
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot reported that while landing at dusk, he attempted to activate the pilot controlled lighting system, but was not successful. He further reported that there was a significant left crosswind, and that perhaps he did not crab enough. The airplane touched down on the grass to the right of the runway, he applied left rudder, the airplane veered to the left, crossed the runway, and continued off the runway to the left into rough terrain. The nose landing gear collapsed and the airplane came to rest in a nose down position.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing. 

The pilot reported no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

According to the pilot, the weather at the time of the accident was wind 170 degrees true at 11 knots. The airplane landed on runway 24. 

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot’s failure to maintain directional control during landing with a crosswind.

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