Friday, September 22, 2017

Piper PA-28R-201 Cherokee Arrow III, N6236C, Aviation Equipment Company LLC: Incident occurred September 21, 2017 at Leesburg Executive Airport (KJYO), Loudoun County, Virginia -and- Accident occurred May 19, 2012 in Kingston, Ulster County, New York

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Dulles (Washington) 

Aircraft landed gear up. 

Aviation Equipment Company LLC:

Date: 21-SEP-17
Time: 16:37:00Z
Regis#: N6236C
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA-28R-201
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

UPDATE: A new picture of the crashed airplane shows it on the runway and a witness confirmed it was on approach for runway 35 where it seems to have crash-landed, not on Sycolin Road as the State Police indicated.  The witness indicated that the landing gear was not down upon approach. The image shows the airplane with no landing gear exposed.

A small, private airplane attempting to land at Leesburg Executive Airport Thursday may have missed and landed instead on Sycolin Road SE.

According to a report from Virginia State Police, officers responded at 12:40 p.m. Sept. 21 to the airport for a report of a crash landing.

According to their investigation, the small plane crash-landed in 1000 block of Sycolin Road SE.

There were no injuries or significant damage to the aircraft.

The cause remains under investigation. The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration have been notified.

Previous accident occurred  May 19, 2012 in Kingston, Ulster County, New York

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Albany, New York

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: ERA12LA360
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, May 19, 2012 in Kingston, NY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/05/2013
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28R-201, registration: N6236C
Injuries: 1 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.

During a local flight, the pilot briefly observed a “dark mass” in his peripheral vision and felt the airplane shaking. He looked to the left and noted that the left wing was damaged. He then returned to the departure airport and landed uneventfully. All collected evidence supports the likelihood that the airplane struck trees or some other foliage during the flight. Green-colored deposits that were initially observed on the wing leading edge later turned brown; concave depressions, oriented perpendicular to the chord of the wing, were observed on the wing leading edge; and pieces of wood were recovered from within the wing. Examination of the airplane and photographs showed no evidence of an encounter with birds or other wildlife.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot’s failure to maintain adequate clearance from trees/foliage at an undetermined point during the flight.

On May 19, 2012, about 1500 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-28R-201, N6236C, was substantially damaged when it struck an unknown object while flying near Kingston, New York. The certificated commercial pilot was not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local flight, which originated from Kingston-Ulster Airport (20N), Kingston, New York. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

According to the pilot, he departed from 20N and after a brief local flight, was returning to the airport. While flying straight and level at an altitude "not lower than 2,500 feet", the pilot briefly observed a "dark mass" out of the corner of his eye, and then felt the airplane shaking. Upon further inspection, he noted that the left wing was damaged and that fuel was being released from the left wing fuel tank. The pilot continued to 20N, where he subsequently landed the airplane uneventfully.

The pilot stated that he was uncertain what the airplane struck, and that following the accident he did not note any evidence of a bird strike. He also stated that he, “definitely did not hit trees.”

According to a lineman who worked at 20N, the accident pilot approached him shortly after returning from the accident flight and asked if he wanted to see what a “bird strike” looked like. The lineman then examined the airplane and observed that the left wing of the airplane was covered with a green substance that did not appear to be bird entrails or bile. In looking more closely at the wing, the lineman observed some bark in the jagged metal edges of the damaged wing skin and observed tree bark within the exposed fuel tank. The green residue the lineman initially observed on the left wing turned brown on the day following the accident. The lineman also provided photographs the left wing he had taken following the accident, which were consistent with his stated observations.

Federal Aviation Administration inspectors performed an examination of the airplane following the accident, and provided photographs of the damage they observed. The leading edge of the left wing was damaged at two locations, each displaying concave breaches of the wing structure that were oriented perpendicular to the wing chord. The inboard-most breach was about 8 inches wide and the outboard-most breach was about 13 inches wide. The inboard breach was co-located with the left wing fuel tank, and the tank was found absent of fuel. The outboard section of the wing, just inboard of the wing tip, was also crushed and dented aft.

The wing skin was covered with brown discolorations of unknown origin. The inspectors cut away portions of the wrinkled wing skin in the vicinity of the fuel tank and found a piece of wood lodged in the bent folds of the skin. The inspectors also found another piece of wood that was previously hidden from view within the fuel tank.

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