Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Piper PA-34-200 Seneca I, N1054U, Avian Flight Center: Incident occurred June 19, 2017 at Bremerton National Airport (KPWT), Kitsap County, Washington

Zephyr Aviation Ltd:  http://registry.faa.gov/N1054U

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Seattle

Aircraft landed with nose gear retracted and the propeller struck the runway. 

Date:    19-JUN-17
Time:    21:32:00Z
Regis#:    N1054U
Aircraft Make:    PIPER
Aircraft Model:    PA34
Event Type:    INCIDENT
Highest Injury:    NONE
Aircraft Missing:    No
Damage:    MINOR
Activity:    UNKNOWN
Flight Phase:    LANDING (LDG)

Dalton Wallitner and Kory Qvigstad were beginning to work toward their multi-engine rating as pilots Monday when they got a bigger training lesson than they expected – landing without nose gear.

They were taking a first flight with instructor Larry Vogel, a retired Alaska Airlines pilot who spent over 30 years flying for airlines.  

Both the students attend the aviation program at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, and are flight instructors aboard single engine aircraft in their own right. Qvigstad has 650 hours flying so far, and Wallitner has 680 hours.

With the nose gear not working, the instructor and his students became a team to bring in their plane safely at the Bremerton airport.

It was a picture perfect landing until the nose gear didn't extend, and the plane landed with metal to runway contact.

"In the future when we're working at a regional airline or bigger airlines where we end up, it will stick with us," Qvigstad said. "How to handle a situation like this. It's an experience you can look back on and apply to future situations."

Story and video: http://www.king5.com


Gringo Bush Pilot said...

Given the metro location of the emergency landing, I would have killed both engines once the field was made. The report says damage minor. Nor so. A twin prop strike is going to require teardown, inspect (magniflux) and reassembly. A very costly failure.

Anonymous said...

That's why you have insurance. Get it on the ground any way you can and walk away.

Anonymous said...

You ever see a glide speed for a multi engine aircraft? Cause there aint one.