Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Piper PA-46-350P Malibu Mirage, N41827, DW Miller Construction Inc: Accident occurred July 16, 2017 at Franklin Municipal–John Beverly Rose Airport (KFKN), Franklin, Virginia

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Location: Franklin, VA 
Accident Number: GAA17CA446
Date & Time: 07/16/2017, 1330 EDT
Registration: N41827
Aircraft: PIPER PA46
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Wildlife encounter (non-bird)
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

Analysis 

The pilot reported that, during a day, visual meteorological conditions flight, just after touchdown, a deer jumped out onto the runway. He added that he made a "hard left turn" into soft grass next to the runway, and as the airplane was almost stopped, the nosewheel collapsed.

The engine mounts and firewall sustained substantial damage.

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

The Federal Aviation Administration Chart Supplement for the airport stated, in part: "Deer on and…[in the vicinity of] airport." 

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
A collision with a deer during the landing roll, which resulted in a runway excursion. 

Findings

Environmental issues
Animal(s)/bird(s) - Ability to respond/compensate (Cause)
Soft surface - Contributed to outcome

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing-flare/touchdown
Wildlife encounter (non-bird) (Defining event)
Landing-landing roll
Runway excursion
Landing gear collapse 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 71, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 11/29/2016
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 06/10/2016
Flight Time:   (Estimated) 4800 hours (Total, all aircraft), 200 hours (Total, this make and model), 110 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 32 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: PIPER
Registration: N41827
Model/Series: PA46 350P
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2000
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 4636308
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 6
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 05/05/2016, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 4358 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 2603.31 Hours
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: C91  installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: TIO-540AE2A
Registered Owner: DW MILLER CONSTRUCTION INC
Rated Power: 350 hp
Operator: DW MILLER CONSTRUCTION INC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KFKN, 39 ft msl
Observation Time: 1834 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 0°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 3100 ft agl
Temperature/Dew Point: 31°C / 23°C
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility: 10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots, 200°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 29.86 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: CROSS CITY, FL (CTY)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Franklin, VA (FKN)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1000 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: FRANKLIN MUNI-JOHN BEVERLY ROS (FKN)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 39 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 27
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4976 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Straight-in 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude:  36.700278, -76.902222 (est)

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Richmond, Virginia

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

DW Miller Construction Inc: http://registry.faa.gov/N41827

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA446
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, July 16, 2017 in Franklin, VA
Aircraft: PIPER PA46, registration: N41827
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 reported that, during a day visual metrological condition flight, just after touch down, a deer jumped out onto the runway. He added that he made a "hard left turn," into soft grass next to the runway, and as the airplane was almost stopped, the nose wheel collapsed.

The engine mounts and firewall sustained substantial damage. 

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

The Federal Aviation Administration Chart Supplement for the airport stated in part: "Deer on and invof [in the vicinity of] airport."

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