Monday, March 13, 2017

Piper Aerostar 602P, N301FW: Accident occurred March 11, 2017 at Reno/Tahoe International Airport (RNO), Reno, Nevada

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

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Reno, Nevada

NTSB Identification: WPR17LA076
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, March 11, 2017 in Reno, NV
Aircraft: PIPER AEROSTAR 602P, registration: N301FW
Injuries: 1 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 March 11, 2017, about 1515 Pacific standard time, a Piper Aero Star, N301FW, landed with a retracted left main landing gear at Reno/Tahoe International Airport (RNO), Reno, Nevada. The pilot, the sole occupant, was not injured; the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the cross-country flight, which operated on an instrument rules flight plan. The flight originated from Sandpoint Airport (SZT), Sandpoint, Idaho at 1100 with an intended destination of Minden-Tahoe Airport (MEV), Minden, Nevada.

The pilot reported that, during landing checks at MEV, the left main landing gear did not extend. However, the nose and the right main landing gear extended. The pilot elected to divert to RNO to land. Upon touchdown, the left main landing gear was still retracted. The airplane slid down the runway which resulted in a substantial damage to the left wing.

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