Saturday, January 27, 2018

Piper PA-28-151, N4509F, Quality Aero LLC: Accident occurred October 27, 2017 at Buffalo Airfield (9G0), Erie County, New York

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

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Quality Aero LLC:

Location: West Seneca, NY
Accident Number: GAA18CA032
Date & Time: 10/27/2017, 1000 EDT
Registration: N4509F
Aircraft: PIPER PA28
Aircraft Damage:  Substantial
Defining Event: Wildlife encounter (non-bird)
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

The flight instructor reported that, in day visual meteorological conditions, during the landing roll, a deer "appeared from high grass and bushes" from the right of the runway. He added that, before he could react, the deer impacted the inboard section of the right wing. The flight instructor stopped the airplane on the runway, and then taxied to the ramp without further incident

The right wing 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] arpt [airport]. 

Flight Instructor Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 64, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Unknown
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Unknown Unknown
Last FAA Medical Exam: 09/12/2016
Occupational Pilot:
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 11/16/2015
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 3200 hours (Total, all aircraft), 1000 hours (Total, this make and model) 

Student Pilot Information

Certificate: None
Age: 58, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Unknown
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: None None
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 29 hours (Total, all aircraft), 29 hours (Total, this make and model)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: PIPER
Registration: N4509F
Model/Series: PA28 151
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1976
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 28-7715044
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 09/12/2017, Unknown
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2326 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 7903 Hours
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
Engine Model/Series: O-320-D3G
Registered Owner: QUALITY AERO LLC.
Rated Power: 160 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: KBUF, 726 ft msl
Observation Time: 1354 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 4 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 360°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Temperature/Dew Point: 8°C / 2°C
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 15000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots, 120°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting:  29.9 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: AKRON, NY (9G3)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Unknown
Destination: West Seneca, NY (9G0)
Type of Clearance: Unknown
Departure Time: 0930 EST
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 670 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 24
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2668 ft / 59 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Straight-in 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude:  42.861944, -78.716667 (est)

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