Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Piper PA-28R-200, SpanaFlight LLC, N9466K: Accident occurred November 11, 2016 at Pierce County Airport-Thun Field (KPLU), Puyallup, Washington

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Seattle, Washington

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

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

SpanaFlight LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N9466K

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA072
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, November 11, 2016 in Payallup, WA
Aircraft: PIPER PA 28R, registration: N9466K
Injuries: 2 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.

According to the pilot under examination, he was to accomplish a short field landing to the runway 17 numbers, during his single engine airplane flight instructor practical examination. He reported that during the transition from final to the flare, the bottom of the fuselage struck an aircraft traffic monitoring camera system. The camera system was located about 125 ft. north of the runway 17 threshold, and stood about 8 inches in height. After striking the camera, the pilot added power and landed the airplane on the runway 17 numbers. There were no NOTAM's regarding the use of the aircraft traffic monitoring system issued at the time of the accident. However, the next day a NOTAM regarding the deployment of the camera system was issued by the airport manager. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing spar.

The pilot reported that there were no pre-accident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

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