Sunday, November 4, 2018

Piper PA-28-181, registered to Plane Omdahl LLC and operated by the Aspen Flying Club, N2146R: Accident occurred July 31, 2017 at Centennial Airport (KAPA), Denver, Colorado

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado

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

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms 
 
http://registry.faa.gov/N2146R


Location:  Denver, CO
Accident Number: CEN17LA306
Date & Time: 07/31/2017, 1158 MDT
Registration: N2146R
Aircraft: PIPER PA 28-181
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On July 31, 2017, at 1158 mountain daylight time, a Piper PA-28-181, N2146R, collided with a runway sign while landing at the Centennial Airport (APA), Denver, Colorado. The private pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to Plane Omdahl LLC and was being operated by the Aspen Flying Club. The private pilot was operating the airplane as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual flight rules conditions existed near the accident site at the time of the accident, and a flight plan had not been filed. The flight departed from the Pueblo Memorial Airport (PUB), Pueblo, Colorado, at 1110.

The pilot reported that he departed APA and flew to PUB earlier in the day. Upon touchdown at PUB, the airplane veered to the right, but he was able to keep the airplane on the runway. The pilot stated that during the return flight, the airplane once again veered sharply to the right when the nose landing gear touched down while landing on runway 35R at APA. In the process of steering the airplane back onto the runway, the airplane collided with a runway sign that separated the right main landing gear assembly. The right wing contacted the ground and the airplane veered back to the right coming to rest in the grass alongside the runway.

A postaccident examination of the brakes, tires, steering linkages, struts, and torque tubes was conducted by a Federal Aviation Administration airworthiness inspector. The examination did not reveal any mechanical failure or malfunction that would have resulted in the loss of directional control. The passenger was reported to be a child who was not able to reach the rudder pedals. The wind reported at APA just prior to the accident was from 60° at 7 knots. The last maintenance performed on the brake system was on February 28, 2017, when the right brake master cylinder was replaced.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 44, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 02/03/2016
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 12/08/2016
Flight Time: 81 hours (Total, all aircraft), 4 hours (Total, this make and model), 37 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 11 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: PIPER
Registration: N2146R
Model/Series: PA 28-181
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1979
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 28-7990303
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 07/08/2017, Unknown
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2450 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 10673 Hours
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: C91A installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-360-A4M
Registered Owner: PLANE OMDAHL LLC
Rated Power: 180 hp
Operator: Aspen Flying Club
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: APA, 6885 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1153 MDT
Direction from Accident Site: 0°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 8000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 22000 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 7 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: /
Wind Direction: 60°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 30.36 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C / 11°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Pueblo, CO (PUB)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Denver, CO (APA)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 1110 MDT
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Airport: Centennial (APA)
Runway Surface Type:
Airport Elevation: 6885 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 35R
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 10000 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop 

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: 39.571944, -104.848056

NTSB Identification: CEN17LA306
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, July 31, 2017 in Denver, CO
Aircraft: PIPER PA 28-181, registration: N2146R
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On July 31, 2017, at 1158 mountain daylight time, a Piper PA-28-181, N2146R, collided with a runway sign while landing at the Centennial Airport (APA), Denver, Colorado. The private pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to Plane Omdahl LLC and was being rented by the Aspen Flying Club. The pilot was operating the airplane as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual flight rules conditions existed near the accident site at the time of the accident, and a flight plan had not been filed. The local flight departed from the Pueblo Memorial Airport (PUB), Pueblo, Colorado.

The pilot reported that he departed APA and flew to PUB earlier in the day. Upon touchdown at PUB, the airplane veered to the right, but he was able to keep the airplane on the runway. Upon landing at APA, the airplane once again veered sharply to the right. The airplane traveled off the side of the runway. The pilot was able to bring the airplane back on to the runway where it contacted the runway sign. The traveled off the runway once again and the right main gear then collapsed.

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