Monday, April 22, 2019

Piper PA-28R-200, N40956: Accident occurred April 20, 2019 at St. Cloud Regional Airport (KSTC), Sherburne County, Minnesota

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Minneapolis, Minnesota 

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: St. Cloud, MN
Accident Number: CEN19LA125
Date & Time: 04/20/2019, 0946 CDT
Registration: N40956
Aircraft: Piper PA-28R-200
Injuries:2 None 
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On April 20, 2019, about 0946 central daylight time, a Piper PA-28R-200 airplane, veered off the left side of the runway during landing at the St. Cloud Regional Airport (STC), St. Cloud, Minnesota. The pilot and passenger were not injured; the airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing. The airplane was owned and operated by the Blue Sky Benefit Solutions, Inc. under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed during the flight, which was not operating under a flight plan. The flight departed the Sauk Centre Municipal Airport (D39), Sauk Centre, Minnesota, about 0914 with STC as the destination.

The pilot reported to a Federal Aviation Administration inspector that the accident flight was the first flight after the airplane had undergone an annual maintenance inspection. He reported that the airplane operated normally during the flight and he prepared to land on runway 13 (7,500 ft by 150, asphalt) at STC. He "crabbed" the airplane into the wind to compensate for the right crosswind. He stated that when the airplane was about 10 ft above the runway, he pushed the controllable propeller governor full forward. He saw the rpm drop to 200 rpm on the digital engine analyzer, and then it returned to 900 rpm, and then it surged to 2,500 rpm. The airplane landed about 2,000 ft down the runway from the approach end of runway 13, slightly left of centerline. The airplane veered off the left side of the runway and skidded on the grass causing the landing gear to collapse. The airplane traveled about 150 ft before coming to rest upright on its belly.

At 0853, the surface weather observation at STC, was wind 180° at 13 knots gusting to 20 knots; visibility 10 miles; sky clear; temperature 12° C; dew point -1° C; and altimeter 29.78 inches of mercury.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N40956
Model/Series: PA-28R-200
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: STC, 1030 ft msl
Observation Time: 0853 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 12°C / -1°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 13 knots / 20 knots, 180°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.78 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Sauk Centre, MN (D39)
Destination: St. Cloud, MN (STC)

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:  45.548056, -94.069722

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