Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Piper PA28R-201 Arrow III, N36458: Accident occurred April 09, 2017 and Incident occurred December 05, 2016 at Oakland County International Airport (KPTK), Pontiac, 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;  Charter Township, Michigan

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Pontiac, MI
Accident Number: CEN17LA150
Date & Time: 04/09/2017, 1015 CDT
Registration: N36458
Aircraft: PIPER PA 28R-201
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Sys/Comp malf/fail (non-power)
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

On April 9, 2017, about 1015 central daylight time, a Piper PA-28R-201 airplane, N36458, experienced a landing gear collapse at the Oakland County International Airport (KPTK), Pontiac, Michigan. The pilot and passenger were not injured, and the airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to IXI LLC and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which operated without a flight plan.

While conducting touch and go landings, the pilot landed the airplane for the third time when the right main landing gear and nose landing gear collapsed. The right wing was partially separated from the airplane resulting in substantial damage. Postaccident examination of the airplane by the responding Federal Aviation Administration inspector found an unused instrument lamp socket was improperly secured during recent maintenance allowing it to short the landing gear controls. The landing gear control circuit breaker was tripped, stopping the landing gear from transitioning to the down position and the landing gear indicators and warnings became inoperative. No other anomalies were found with the airplane. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 38, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 12/23/2016
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: 400 hours (Total, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: PIPER
Registration: N36458
Model/Series: PA 28R-201 201
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1978
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 28R-7837279
Landing Gear Type:  Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection:
Certified Max Gross Wt.:  2749 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
Engine Model/Series: IO-360 SER
Registered Owner: IXI LLC
Rated Power: 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: KPTK, 976 ft msl
Observation Time: 0953 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 106°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 16000 ft agl
Temperature/Dew Point: 14°C / 0°C
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 23000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 12 knots/ 16 knots, 200°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting:  29.92 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration:
Departure Point: Pontiac, MI (PTK)
Type of Flight Plan Filed:  None
Destination: Pontiac, MI (PTK)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time:  CDT
Type of Airspace:

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 980 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 27R
IFR Approach:  Unknown
Runway Length/Width: 5676 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Touch and Go 

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:  42.665556, -83.420556 (est)

December 05, 2016:  Aircraft on landing, nose gear collapsed.

December 05, 2016:  Aircraft on landing, nose gear collapsed.

Date:  05-DEC-16
Time:  20:32:00Z
Regis#:  N36458
Aircraft Make:  PIPER
Aircraft Model:  PA28R
Event Type:  Incident
Highest Injury:  None
Damage:  Minor
Activity:  Instruction
Flight Phase:  LANDING (LDG)
State:  Michigan

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