Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Piper PA-30-160 Twin Comanche, N8674Y: Accident occurred June 17, 2018 at Vero Beach Regional Airport (KVRB), Indian River 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; Orlando

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


Location: Vero Beach, FL
Accident Number: ERA18LA171
Date & Time: 06/17/2018, 1120 EDT
Registration: N8674Y
Aircraft: PIPER PA 30
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On June 17, 2018, about 1120 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-30, N8674Y, was substantially damaged during the landing rollout at Vero Beach Regional Airport (VRB), Vero Beach, Florida. The private pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane was operated by the private pilot as personal flight conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local flight that departed VRB about 1040.

The pilot reported after a local flight, he returned to VRB and entered the right base leg of the airport traffic pattern for landing on runway 4. Due to traffic ahead of him, the pilot extended the landing gear early to decrease airspeed. He confirmed that the landing gear was extended via the green light indication in the cockpit and by utilizing the reflective mirror on the left engine nacelle to see the nosegear extended. The pilot again confirmed that the landing gear was extended on short final approach and the airplane touched down near the touchdown markings. After about 500 feet of landing roll, the nosegear collapsed and the airplane came to rest upright on the runway.

Initial examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed substantial damage to the underside of the fuselage. The airplane was retained for further examination.

The recorded weather at VRB, at 1153, included wind from 030° at 7 knots, visibility 10 miles and clear sky. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: PIPER
Registration: N8674Y
Model/Series: PA 30 NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: VRB, 24 ft msl
Observation Time: 1153 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 31°C / 23°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 30°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.14 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Vero Beach, FL (VRB)
Destination: Vero Beach, FL (VRB) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude:  27.655556, -80.418056 (est)

AIRCRAFT: 1969 Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche N8674Y, s/n 30-1818

The aircraft current times are Total Time 7,878.1, Hobbs 2,179.5. 

The last Annual Inspection was performed on 10/05/17, at Total Time 7,865.3, Hobbs 2,169.7

LEFT:  The left engine is a Lycoming IO320B1A, s/n L-079-55A, with Total Time Since New 7,343.0, and TSMOH 716.1. 

The last Annual Inspection was accomplished on 10/05/2017 at Hobbs Time 2169.7, Tach Time 2,927.47, TSMOH 706.3

RIGHT:  The right engine is a Lycoming IO-320-B1A, s/n L-725-55A, with Total Time Since New 2,764.0, and TSMOH 716.3. 

The last Annual Inspection was accomplished on 10/05/2017 at Hobbs 2,169.7, Tach Time 2,917, TSMOH 716.3.

PROPELLER:  LEFT:  The left prop is a Hartzell HC-E2YL-2BSF, s/n BG4820B.

The last Annual Inspection was accomplished 10/05/2017 at Hobbs 2,169.7, TSPOH 468.7.

RIGHT:  The right prop is a Hartzell HC-E2YL-2BSF, s/n: BG4822B. 

The last Annual Inspection was accomplished 10/05/2017 at Hobbs Time 2,169.7, TSPOH 468.7 


(1)   Garmin GMA 340 Audio

(1)  Garmin GTN 750 GPS

(1)   King KX 165 Nav/Com

(1)  Garmin GTX 327 Transponder

(1)   Piper Automatic 3 Auto Pilot

DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT:  Gear collapse on landing.

DESCRIPTION OF DAMAGES:   See attached photos. Damage includes but may not be limited to the following:     

All blades on both props damaged and both engines experienced a prop strike

Nose gear doors are damaged

Main gear are damaged

Belly skins are damaged

LOCATION OF AIRCRAFT:  Hangared in Vero Beach, Florida

Read more here: http://www.avclaims.com/N8674Y.html

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