Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Piper PA-28R-200, N550D, registered to Oracle Aviation LLC and operated by the pilot: Accident occurred December 24, 2017 at Riverton Regional Airport (KRIW), Fremont County, Wyoming

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Casper, Wyoming Aviation

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

Oracle Aviation LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N550D

Location: Riverton, WY

Accident Number: CEN18LA052
Date & Time: 12/24/2017, 1740 MST
Registration: N550D
Aircraft: PIPER PA 28R-200
Injuries: 5 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On December 24, 2017, about 1740 mountain standard time, a Piper PA-28R-200 airplane, N550D, was substantially damaged during a runway excursion on takeoff from runway 28 (8,204 feet by 150 feet, asphalt) at the Riverton Regional Airport (RIW), Riverton, Wyoming. The pilot and four passengers were not injured. The airplane was registered to Oracle Aviation, LLC and operated by the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and the flight was not operated on a flight plan. The flight was originating at the time of the accident. The intended destination was the Stanford Field Airport (U12), St Anthony, Idaho.

The pilot stated that he initially departed from Millard Airport (MLE), with planned fuel stops at Gordon Municipal Airport (GRN) and RIW. After refueling at RIW, the pilot recognized that the landing light was not working. He noted that it was working during the previous flight into RIW. The pilot recalled having good visibility with the runway lights, but he did not have good depth perception. As the airplane approached the intersection with the crossing runway during the takeoff roll, he thought that they were approaching the end of the runway. He rotated the airplane in an attempt to lift off, but the airplane had not gained enough airspeed to become airborne at that point. He decided to reject the takeoff and, as he reduced engine power, he lost directional control and the airplane departed the left side of the runway.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: PIPER
Registration: N550D
Model/Series: PA 28R-200 200
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: RIW, 5516 ft msl
Observation Time: 1753 MST
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: -18°C / -22°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots, 60°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.02 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Riverton, WY (RIW)
Destination: St. Anthony, ID (U12)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 4 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 5 None
Latitude, Longitude:  43.064167, -108.459722 (est)

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