Saturday, June 10, 2017

Piper PA-44-180 Seminole, N3020M, Washington International Flight Academy: Accident occurred June 08, 2017 at Montgomery County Airpark (KGAI), Gaithersburg, Maryland

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

Additional Participating Entity:  
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baltimore, Maryland

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Operator: Washington International Flight Academy

NTSB Identification: ERA17LA204
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, June 08, 2017 in Gaithersburg, MD
Aircraft: PIPER PA 44-180, registration: N3020M
Injuries: 3 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 June 8, 2017, about 2110 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-44-180, N3020M, was substantially damaged during landing rollout at Montgomery County Airpark (GAI), Gaithersburg, Maryland. The flight instructor and two student pilots were not injured. The instructional flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local flight.

According to the flight instructor, he was returning to home base after a training flight. The flight instructor configured the airplane for landing and briefed the front seated student pilot. The touchdown was uneventful and during the landing roll the airplane began veering to the right of the runway centerline. The airplane came to a full stop and the instructor performed an engine shutdown before exiting the airplane. On inspection of the airplane the flight instructor noted that the right main landing gear was bent backwards towards the aft of the airplane.

Examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the aft right wing spar was damaged during the landing sequence. The airplane was retained for further examination.

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