Monday, April 23, 2018

Piper PA-34-220T Seneca, N8404B, registered to GILU Corporation and operated by the pilot: Accident occurred April 20, 2018 at Airglades Airport (2IS), Clewiston, Hendry County, Florida

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office;  Miramar, Florida 

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Location: Clewiston, FL
Accident Number: WPR18LA124
Date & Time: 04/20/2018, 1700 EDT
Registration: N8404B
Aircraft: PIPER PA 34-220T
Injuries: 4 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On April 20, 2018, about 1700 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-34-220T, N8404B, sustained substantial damage when it impacted a taxiway following a loss of directional control during takeoff from the Airglades Airport (2IS), Clewiston, Florida. The airline transport pilot and three passengers were not injured. The airplane was registered to GILU Corp, Middletown, Delaware, and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the cross-country flight, that originated from Lakeland, Florida, about 1550, with an intended destination of 2IS.

The pilot reported that following an uneventful flight, he intended to practice landings at 2IS. After entering the airport traffic pattern for runway 31, he extended his downwind leg, and ultimately initiated a go-around due to traffic on the runway. The pilot stated that he flew to the west in order to provide spacing between himself and the other traffic and reentered the traffic pattern on a mid-field left downwind for runway 31. Following an uneventful full-stop landing, the pilot taxied back to runway 31. After takeoff, the pilot remained within the airport traffic pattern and intended on conducting a touch-and-go landing. The pilot further stated that after landing on runway 31, he set the flaps and advanced both throttles to takeoff power. Shortly after, he felt the airplane yaw to the right, observed an over-boost indicator light for the right engine, and lost control of the rudder/steering as the airplane exited the runway.

The pilot said that once the airplane was in the grass, he regained control and reduced both engines to idle and attempted to stop the airplane. However, the airplane struck the edge of a taxiway that spanned perpendicular to his direction of travel and the airplane became airborne briefly before landing on the opposite side of the taxiway. Subsequently, all three landing gear collapsed, and the airplane came to rest upright.

Post-accident examination of the airplane revealed that the fuselage and right wing were structurally damaged.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: PIPER
Registration: N8404B
Model/Series: PA 34-220T 220T
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
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: KOBE, 33 ft msl
Observation Time: 2115 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 34 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C / 14°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.05 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Lakeland, FL
Destination: Clewiston, FL (2IS)

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: 26.733611, -81.048333 (est)

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