Sunday, July 2, 2017

Piper PA-28-235, N8606W: Accident occurred July 07, 2013 at Albany Municipal Airport (S12), Linn County, Oregon

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland, Oregon

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: WPR13LA322
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, July 07, 2013 in Albany, OR
Probable Cause Approval Date: 10/19/2015
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-235, registration: N8606W
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot reported that, during the landing rollout, he applied the brakes but that the airplane failed to stop. The airplane continued about 2,600 ft down the runway, departed the runway surface, and impacted a chain link fence. 

Postaccident examination of the airplane revealed that the brake hydraulic fluid reservoir was empty, and an elbow fitting on the right main landing gear brake assembly hydraulic line was found broken; it could not be determined when the elbow fitting broke. The lack of hydraulic fluid rendered the brakes ineffective. 

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The loss of hydraulic fluid, which rendered the brakes ineffective. The reason for the loss of hydraulic fluid could not be determined based on the available evidence. 

On July 7, 2013, at 1330 Pacific daylight time, a Piper PA 28-235, N8606W, overran the runway on the landing rollout on runway 34 at the Albany Municipal Airport (S12), Albany, Oregon. The pilot/owner operated the airplane under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. The pilot and passenger were not injured, and the airplane sustained substantial damage to the wings. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, and no flight plan had been filed. The flight departed Lake County Airport (LKV), Lakeview, Oregon, at 1200, with a planned destination to S12.

According to the pilot, during the landing rollout he applied the brakes, but the airplane did not stop. The airplane continued down the runway about 2,600 feet, departed the runway surface, and impacted a chain link fence.

Postaccident examination by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) revealed that the brake fluid reservoir was empty. Further examination revealed a broken elbow fitting on the right landing gear brake assembly hydraulic line. 

The pilot did not complete or turn in the National Transportation Safety Board Pilot Operator/Aircraft Accident/Incident Report, Form 6120.1.

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