Sunday, June 16, 2019

Abnormal Runway Contact: AMD CH-2000 Alarus, N642AM, accident occurred October 05, 2018 at Philip Billard Municipal Airport (KTOP), Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Wichita, Kansas

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


Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms


https://registry.faa.gov/N642AM

Location: Topeka, KS
Accident Number: GAA19CA006
Date & Time: 10/05/2018, 2045 CDT
Registration: N642AM
Aircraft: Zenair CH 2000
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Abnormal runway contact
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot reported that following his first solo flight in the recently acquired airplane, during landing he crossed the runway threshold about 70 knots airspeed and with full flaps, he placed the throttle in the idle position. During the flare, the airplane sank abruptly and touched down hard. The airplane bounced and exited the left side of the runway. The pilot attempted to go-around, but the airplane descended and impacted the grass safety area on the left side of the runway. The nose landing gear separated from the airplane.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to right fuselage formers.

The pilot reported that there were no mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 57, Male
Airplane Rating(s): 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: BasicMed With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 08
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 09/16/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 222 hours (Total, all aircraft), 3 hours (Total, this make and model), 159 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 23 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 8 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Zenair
Registration: N642AM
Model/Series: CH 2000 Undesignated
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2000
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate:  
Serial Number: 20-0053
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 08/07/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1692 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 1866.5 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C91A installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-235-N2C
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 116 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: KTOP, 885 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 0153 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 327°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 6000 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 3 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: /
Wind Direction: 170°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 29.81 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C / 20°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Lawrence, KS (LWC)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Topeka, KS (TOP)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0730 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class D 

Airport Information

Airport: PHILIP BILLARD MUNI (TOP)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 881 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 18
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4331 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude:  39.068889, -95.622500 (est)

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