Friday, January 5, 2018

Piper PA-28-201T Turbo Dakota, N555WM, owned and operated by GPFO LLC: Accident occurred December 19, 2017 near Versailles Airport (3VS), Morgan County, Missouri

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Kansas City, Missouri

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:


Location: Versailles, MO
Accident Number: CEN18LA065
Date & Time: 12/19/2017, 1145 CST
Registration: N555WM
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-201T
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On December 19, 2017, about 1145 central savings time, a Piper PA-28-201T, N555WM, impacted terrain and obstacles during a forced landing after takeoff from the Roy Otten Memorial Airfield (3VS), near Versailles, Missouri. The pilot was not injured; and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was owned and operated by GPFO LLC under the 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a maintenance check flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed during the flight, which was not on a filed flight plan. The flight was departing from 3VS on a local flight at the time of the accident.

At 1145, the surface weather observation at the Lee Summit Municipal Airport (LXT), Lee Summit, Missouri, was wind calm and variable; visibility 10 miles; scattered clouds at 1,500 feet; temperature 11° C; dew point 7° C; altimeter 30.07 inches of mercury. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: PIPER
Registration: N555WM
Model/Series: PA-28-201T
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: GPFO LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: LXT, 1004 ft msl
Observation Time: 1145 CST
Distance from Accident Site: 93 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 11°C / 7°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 1500 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Light and Variable, Variable
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.07 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Versailles, MO (3VS)
Destination: Versailles, MO (3VS) 

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: 38.428333, -92.875278 (est)


Anonymous said...

PA-28-201T = Turbo Arrow

Anonymous said...

Whoops I was wrong on that one.