Monday, February 26, 2018

Piper PA-32-260 Cherokee Six, N7122J: Accident occurred February 26, 2018 at Mackinac Island Airport (KMCD), Mackinac County, Michigan

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Michigan

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Mackinac Island, MI
Accident Number: CEN18LA112
Date & Time: 02/26/2018, 0745 EST
Aircraft:  Piper PA-32-260 Cherokee Six
Injuries: 5 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter - Non-scheduled

On February 26, 2018, about 745 eastern standard time, a  Piper PA-32-260 Cherokee Six,  N7122J, was substantially damaged while landing at the Mackinac Island Airport (KMCD), Mackinac, Michigan. The commercial-rated pilot and 4 passengers were not injured. The airplane was owned and operated by Great Lakes Air Inc., under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) flight plan was filed for the flight. The flight departed Mackinac County Airport (83D) St Ignace, Michigan, about 0730, and was en route to KMCD.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration inspector who responded to the accident, the airplane was in the landing flare when the pilot heard a thud. During the landing flare, the airplane seemed to settle more than normal. The pilot suspected a landing gear problem and continued with the landing. The pilot landed as "gently" as possible and after the wing touched the ground he moved the engine throttle control to idle and maintained directional control with the rudder.

A post-accident examination of the airplane revealed substantial damage to the right wing spar. The right main landing gear had separated and was located on the runway, 200 feet from the end of the runway threshold. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: PIPER
Registration:  N7122J
Model/Series:   PA-32-260 Cherokee Six
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Great Lakes Air Inc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand Air Taxi (135)

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KMCD, 741 ft msl
Observation Time: 0736 EST
Distance from Accident Site: 5 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: -3°C / -5°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots/ 15 knots, 250°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.04 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Saint Ignace, MI (83D)
Destination: Mackinac Island, MI (KMCD) 

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: 45.876111, -84.636944 (est)

MACKINAC COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- A northern Michigan airport is expected to reopen soon after a small plane had a 'hard landing.'

A person at Great Lakes Air says a single-engine plane was landing at the Mackinac Island Airport around 8 a.m. Monday when the landing gear "disengaged" from the plane.

The Mackinac Island Police Department says they are currently working with the FAA.

As of 10:55 a.m. Great Lakes Air, who owns the plane, says they have received word from the FAA that the plane could be moved from the runway and expect air service to begin again soon.

Air services had to be halted during the investigation.

Four passengers and the pilot were on board.

No one was hurt.

The airport is the only way to and from the island at this time. The ice bridge allowed snowmobile traffic for a couple of weeks to the mainland but has since melted and the ferries haven't started spring service. 

Original article can be found here ➤

MACKINAC ISLAND, MI - Mackinac Island's airport shut down this morning after a small plane came down hard on its only runway.

The shutdown is temporary, until the FAA authorizes the plane being towed from the side of the runway, according to Great Lakes Air, which runs planes in and out of the island.

No one was injured in the incident, which happened about 8 a.m.

With the airport closed, there's no way to get on or off the island. The "ice bridge" used for winter recreation, connecting the island to the mainland, melted away recently. Ferry passengers service picks back up in the spring.

People on the island said there was apparently trouble with the plane's landing gear and it came down hard on its belly.

Great Lakes Air said they were hoping to be able to resume flights by 11 a.m.

Mackinac Island police and airport officials could not be reached for comment.

Original article can be found here ➤  

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