Sunday, June 17, 2018

Piper PA-34-200, owned by Elite Florida AC LLC and operated by Spaceport Aviation, N56213: Accident occurred June 14, 2018 at Umatilla Municipal Airport (X23), Lake 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

http://registry.faa.gov/N56213

Location: Umatilla, FL
Accident Number: ERA18LA178
Date & Time: 06/14/2018, 0950 EDT
Registration: N56213
Aircraft: PIPER PA 34-200
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

On June 14, 2018, about 0950 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-34-200, N56213, experienced a runway excursion during landing at Umatilla Municipal Airport (X23), Umatilla, Florida. The flight instructor and pilot undergoing instruction (PUI) were not injured, and the airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was owned by Elite Florida AC LLC, and operated by Spaceport Aviation under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the instructional flight, which originated from Space Coast Regional Airport (TIX), Titusville, Florida, about 0845, and was destined for X23.

The PUI and/or the flight instructor stated that the flight proceeded to X23 where the downwind leg of the airport traffic pattern was extended, and the required before landing checks were performed. The PUI stated that he extended the landing gear, which the flight instructor confirmed there were 3 green lights displayed indicating all landing gears were down and locked. After touchdown on runway 01 at 80 miles-per-hour, the airplane suddenly began an uncommanded and violent swerve to the right, which the PUI could not correct with full left brake, rudder, and aileron inputs. The airplane departed the runway and impacted a drainage ditch. The PUI stated that while assessing the airplane with the mechanic from X23, they noticed the securing hardware for the upper and lower torque links of the right main landing gear was not in place.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration inspector-in-charge, a search was made for the missing hardware and it was not located. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: PIPER
Registration: N56213
Model/Series: PA 34-200 200
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Spaceport Aviation
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KLEE, 76 ft msl
Observation Time: 0953 EDT
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C / 24°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots / , 140°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.12 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Titusville, FL (TIX)
Destination: Umatilla, FL (X23)

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: 28.924167, -81.651389 (est)

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