Sunday, January 14, 2018

Piper PA-34-200T Seneca II, N8328V, registered to Quick Gas Aviation LLC and operated by the pilot: Accident occurred December 03, 2017 at Thomasville Regional Airport (KTVI), Thomas County, Georgia

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta, Georgia

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Quick Gas Aviation LLC:

Location: Thomasville, GA
Accident Number: ERA18LA044
Date & Time: 12/03/2017, 1520 EST
Registration: N8328V
Aircraft: PIPER PA34
Injuries: 4 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On December 3, 2017, about 1520 eastern standard time, a Piper PA-34-200T, N8328V, was substantially damaged during landing at Thomasville Regional Airport (TVI), Thomasville, Georgia. The commercial pilot and three passengers were not injured. The airplane was registered to Quick Gas Aviation LLC and was operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations part 91 as a personal flight. Day, visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed. The flight originated at P K Airpark (5W4), Raeford, North Carolina about 1300, and was destined for TVI.

The pilot reported that the en route portion of the flight was uneventful. While lowering the landing gear for the approach at TVI, the left main gear did not indicate down and locked. The pilot cycled the landing gear three times, and then utilized the manual landing gear extension procedure, with no changes. Aerial observation of the landing gear by airport personnel indicated that all three-landing gear appeared to be down. The pilot continued the approach for a landing on runway 4. After touchdown, the left main gear collapsed. The airplane turned 90º to the left and came to a stop on the runway.

Initial examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the left main landing gear was partially extended and inside the gear-well. Structural damage to the left wing was confirmed.

The wreckage was retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: PIPER
Registration: N8328V
Model/Series: PA34 200T
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: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: TVI, 263 ft msl
Observation Time: 2015 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 20°C / 15°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 1800 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots, 50°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.14 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Raeford, NC (5W4)
Destination: Thomasville, GA (TVI) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 3 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 4 None
Latitude, Longitude: 30.901389, -83.881389 (est)

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