Monday, March 11, 2019

Piper 46-350P Malibu Mirage, N88VZ: Accident occurred November 18, 2018 at Grant County Airport (W99), Petersburg, West Virginia

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

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Charleston, West Virginia

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Petersburg, WV
Accident Number: ERA19LA086
Date & Time: 11/18/2018, 1245 EST
Registration: N88VZ
Aircraft: Piper PA46
Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On November 18, 2018, about 1245 eastern standard time, a Piper PA-46-350P, N88VZ, registered to and operated by Centex Flyers LLC, was substantially damaged during a runway excursion at the Grant County Airport (W99), Petersburg, West Virginia. The private pilot and two passengers were not injured. The airplane was being operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed for the personal flight that originated about 0845 from Llano Municipal Airport, Llano, Texas, and was destined for W99.

The pilot stated that with a calm wind, he entered an extended right base leg of the airport traffic pattern for runway 13, where he lowered the flaps to 10° and extending the landing gear. He then extended the flaps to 20° and turned onto final approach while maintaining 103 knots indicated airspeed. He called aloud "three green" on final approach, and did not recall if he lowered the flaps to 36 degrees, which he typically would do. The main landing gears touched down smoothly in the landing zone, and he then felt the airplane slide, similar to being on an ice patch. He did not recall if the nose landing gear was on the runway before or at time of slide. He immediately applied rudder input to maintain directional control, but as the airplane started to veer to the left, he moved the power lever into beta to slow the airplane.

The pilot further stated that up to this point, he had not deployed beta as there was adequate runway remaining to stop. Within a short time, he was unable to keep airplane on the runway with rudder input. The airplane departed the left side of the runway, impacted a small berm, and the nose landing gear to collapsed. The airplane came to rest upright nearly 90° from the path it had departed the runway. The passengers evacuated the airplane while the pilot shut down the engine and secured the airplane. He then walked the runway and did not see any ice, but did see solid rubber transfer on the runway from the nose landing gear.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N88VZ
Model/Series: PA46 350P
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
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: W99, 963 ft msl
Observation Time: 1255 EST
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: 4°C / 1°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.2 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Llano, TX (AQO)
Destination: Petersburg, WV (W99)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 None
Latitude, Longitude:  38.995556, -79.145833 (est)


  1. somethings not right. the pilot said he selected beta range on the propeller. A PA46-350P is piston powered and doesn't have beta.

    1. Apparently one that was converted to turbine, still retains its certificate as 46-350p...the stc to turbine power will not change this

  2. Master Instructor Dick Rochfort, are you around?