Monday, November 6, 2017

Socata TBM 700, N893CA, registered to Oso Rio LLC: Accident occurred November 05, 2017 at Las Vegas Municipal Airport (KLVS), San Miguel County, New Mexico

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Albuquerque, New Mexico

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Data Summary - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Las Vegas, NM
Accident Number: GAA18CA036
Date & Time: 11/05/2017, 1145 MST
Registration: N893CA
Aircraft: SOCATA TBM 850
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Windshear or thunderstorm
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 


The pilot of the turbine powered airplane reported that, while landing in a gusting crosswind, it was "obvious" the wind had changed directions. He performed a go-around, but "the wind slammed [the airplane] to the ground extremely hard". Subsequently, the airplane veered to the right off the runway and then back to the left before coming to rest.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage.

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

The automated weather observation system located at the accident airport reported, about the time of the accident, that the wind was from 270° at 19 knots, gusting to 25 knots. The pilot landed on runway 20. 

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's inadequate compensation for gusting crosswind conditions during the go-around.


Climb rate - Not attained/maintained (Cause)
Crosswind correction - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Gusts - Effect on operation
Gusts - Response/compensation
Crosswind - Effect on operation
Crosswind - Response/compensation

Factual Information

History of Flight

Other weather encounter

Landing-aborted after touchdown
Abnormal runway contact

Loss of control on ground

Runway excursion

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 54, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 12/19/2016
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 05/28/2017
Flight Time: (Estimated) 3000 hours (Total, all aircraft), 1850 hours (Total, this make and model), 3000 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 75 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 30 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: SOCATA
Registration: N893CA
Model/Series: TBM 850
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2007
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 393
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 6
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 04/13/2017, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 7430 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Turbo Prop
Airframe Total Time: 2304 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: P&W
ELT: C91  installed, activated, aided in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: PT6A-66D
Registered Owner: OSO RIO LLC
Rated Power: 850 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KLVS, 6874 ft msl
Observation Time: 1853 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 138°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 16°C / -2°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 19 knots/ 25 knots, 270°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.06 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV): 
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: TOMBALL, TX (TS52)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Destination: Las Vegas, NM (LVS)
Type of Clearance: IFR
Departure Time: 0945 CST
Type of Airspace: Class E

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 6877 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Unknown
Runway Used: 20
IFR Approach: RNAV
Runway Length/Width: 5006 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 35.654444, -105.142500 (est)

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