Thursday, April 13, 2017

Piper PA-34-200T Seneca II, N461RL, Claiborne Aviation LLC: Accident occurred April 11, 2017 near Llano Municipal Airport (KAQO), Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Antonio

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Registered Owner: Claiborne Aviation LLC
Operator: Claiborne Aviation LLC

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA233
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, April 11, 2017 in Llano, TX
Aircraft: PIPER PA 34, registration: N461RL
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 in the multi-engine, retractable gear-equipped airplane reported that he was flying in instrument meteorological conditions and leveled off at 8,000 ft. mean sea level. He began to configure the airplane for cruise flight and he realized that the right engine cross-feed fuel selector was positioned for the left tank. The left tank fuel indicator displayed empty and the right fuel indicator displayed 45 gallons remained. He believed that the fuel indicators had malfunctioned and he established an approach to a nearby highway intersection. The pilot landed with the landing gear stowed on the asphalt highway. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the lower fuselage longerons.

Per the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Pilot Aircraft Accident Report, the pilot reported that he became complacent during the flight and vowed to use a checklist in the future. At the recommendation of the NTSB Investigator-in-charge, the pilot has coordinated with his local Federal Aviation Administration Safety Team to help prevent accidents in kind from occurring in the future. 

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

LLANO, Texas (KXAN) — The pilot of a plane that landed on a road west of Llano Tuesday night is safe and received no injuries.

According the the Texas Department of Public Safety, they were called around 10:20 p.m. for a plane down about a mile west of downtown Llano, where Highway 71 and State Highway 29 run on the same stretch of road.

Authorities said they wouldn’t have more information until Wednesday morning but a witness on scene told KXAN that the pilot was alone and said they had just taken off from Horseshoe Bay when they ran out of fuel. The pilot claimed they didn’t have time to put landing gear down and was forced to land on the road.

The Hill Country Scanner was on scene as authorities worked the call and captured video of the plane.

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