Saturday, March 30, 2019

Piper PA-24, registered to and operated by the pilot as a personal flight under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, N5028P: Accident occurred March 17, 2019 at Reno Stead Airport (KRTS), Washoe County, Nevada

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Reno, Nevada

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N5028P

Location: Reno, NV
Accident Number: WPR19LA098
Date & Time: 03/17/2019, 0810 PDT
Registration: N5028P
Aircraft: Piper PA 24
Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On March 17, 2019, about 0810 Pacific daylight time, a Piper PA-24 airplane, N5028P, was substantially damaged during the landing roll at the Reno/Stead Airport (RTS), Reno, Nevada. The private pilot and two passengers were not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot as a personal flight under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a flight plan was not filed. The flight originated from Carson City, Nevada at 0745.

According to the pilot, after an uneventful flight he descended the airplane from his cruise altitude and entered the right downwind leg of the RTS traffic pattern to land on runway 26. The pilot deployed the landing gear shortly after entering the pattern and observed a green indication that confirmed the landing gear was down and locked. The airplane touched down normally on the main landing gear, but after the nose landing gear contacted the runway surface, the airplane veered to the left. The pilot overcorrected for the deviation, which caused the airplane to veer right of the runway centerline. He used the airplane's hand brake to decelerate while he attempted to return the airplane to the runway centerline, and the airplane veered to the left again, but departed the left runway edge. The center left wing impacted a runway distance remaining sign and the airplane spun to the left. As the airplane began to slide on its right side in gravel the nose landing gear and right main landing gear collapsed before the airplane came to rest near the edge of a taxiway.

A review of photographs furnished by airport personnel revealed substantial damage to the left wing. Additional photographs provided by the Federal Aviation Administration showed that the engine truss mount, which attaches to the nose landing gear, had fractured.

The wreckage was retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N5028P
Model/Series: PA 24 Undesignated
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation:
Observation Time:  0815 PDT
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point:  -2°C / -5°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.2 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Carson City, NV (CXP)
Destination: Reno, NV (RTS) 

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: 39.670000, -119.880000

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