Saturday, January 05, 2019

Piper PA-34-200T Seneca II, registered to Quick Gas Aviation LLC and operated by the pilot, N8328V: Accident occurred December 03, 2017 at Thomasville Regional Airport (KTVI), Thomas County, Georgia

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta, Georgia

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Thomasville, GA
Accident Number: ERA18LA044
Date & Time: 12/03/2017, 1530 EST
Registration: N8328V
Aircraft: PIPER PA34
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Landing gear collapse
Injuries: 4 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On December 3, 2017, about 1530 eastern standard time, a Piper PA-34-200T, N8328V, was substantially damaged during landing at Thomasville Regional Airport (TVI), Thomasville, Georgia. The commercial pilot and three passengers were not injured. The airplane was registered to Quick Gas Aviation LLC and was operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Day, visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed. The flight originated at P K Airpark (5W4), Raeford, North Carolina about 1300, and was destined for TVI.

The pilot reported that the enroute portion of the flight was uneventful. While lowering the landing gear for the approach at TVI, the left main gear did not indicate down and locked. The pilot cycled the landing gear three times, and then utilized the manual landing gear extension procedure, with no changes. Aerial observation of the landing gear by airport personnel indicated that all three-landing gear appeared to be down. The pilot continued the approach for a landing on runway 4. After touchdown, the left main gear collapsed. The airplane turned 90ยบ to the left and came to a stop in the grass, adjacent to the runway.

The airplane was examined by an airframe and powerplant mechanic with inspection authorization. Structural damage to the left wing was confirmed. The left main landing gear was found partially retracted in the gear well. The other gear were extended and locked. The airplane was raised with a backhoe and the left main gear was manually pulled down. The down lock hooks would not engage and the drag links would not allow full extension. The mechanic then ran his finger through the drag link mating surfaces and a small stone, with grease on it, came out and fell into the grass. He was unable to find the object in the grass. The landing gear then extended and locked in a normal manner. After manually troubleshooting the landing gear, hydraulic power was applied and the gear extended normally with three green indications. The airplane was then moved to a hangar where an additional examination was performed by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector who noted no anomalies.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 63, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 02/02/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 02/02/2016
Flight Time:  2822 hours (Total, all aircraft), 1900 hours (Total, this make and model), 2514 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 34 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 19 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: PIPER
Registration: N8328V
Model/Series: PA34 200T
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1981
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 34-8170084
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 6
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 02/02/2016, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 4750 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 100 Hours
Engines: 2 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 4161 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: CONT MOTOR
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: TSIO-360-KB
Rated Power: 220 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: TVI, 263 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1515 EST
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 1800 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 8 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: / None
Wind Direction: 50°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.14 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 20°C / 15°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Raeford, NC (5W4)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Destination: Thomasville, GA (TVI)
Type of Clearance: IFR
Departure Time: 1300 EST
Type of Airspace: Class E

Airport Information

Airport: Thomasville Regional (TVI)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 263 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 04
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 6004 ft / 101 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern

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:  30.901389, -83.881389 (est)

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