Saturday, August 10, 2019

Part(s) Separation from Aircraft: Piper PA-32RT-300T Turbo Lance II, N633CB; accident occurred October 19, 2017 at Charles R. Johnson Airport (T05), Port Mansfield, Willacy County, Texas

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Antonio, Texas

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Port Mansfield, TX
Accident Number: CEN18LA017
Date & Time: 10/19/2017, 1300 CDT
Registration: N633CB
Aircraft: PIPER PA 32RT-300T
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Part(s) separation from AC
Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On October 19, 2017, at 1300 central daylight time, a Piper PA-32RT-300T airplane, N633CB, experienced a nose landing gear collapse and an impact with a taxiway surface during an after-landing taxi at Charles R Johnson Airport (T05), Port Mansfield, Texas. The airplane sustained substantial fuselage damage. The private pilot and a commercial pilot were uninjured. The airplane was registered to PKJ Aviation LLC and operated by the pilot under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations as a part 91 personal flight. The flight was operating on an instrument rules flight plan. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The flight departed from Conroe-North Houston Regional Airport, Houston, Texas, at 1041 and was destined to T05.

The private pilot stated that he had pitched the nose up "slightly" and reduced engine power prior to the main landing gear wheels touching down on the runway. The nose wheel landing gear then touched down and collapsed.

Post-accident examination of the nose landing gear revealed a fractured trunnion casting. Metallurgical examination of the trunnion casting revealed fractures consistent with overstress. No evidence of preexisting cracks was observed on any of the fracture surfaces. No other mechanical anomalies that would have precluded normal airplane operation were noted. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 56, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: BasicMed Unknown
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 01/26/2017
Flight Time: 100 hours (Total, all aircraft), 57 hours (Total, this make and model)

Co-Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 27, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/19/2017
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 09/08/2016
Flight Time: 796 hours (Total, all aircraft), 234 hours (Total, this make and model) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: PIPER
Registration: N633CB
Model/Series: PA 32RT-300T 300T
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1978
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 32R-7887158
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 6
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 04/21/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3600 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 4050.31 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: TIO-540-S1AD
Registered Owner: PKJ AVIATION LLC
Rated Power: 300 hp
Operator: Pilot
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: HRL, 36 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 23 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1230 CDT
Direction from Accident Site: 203°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 2900 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 3000 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 9 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 110°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting:
Temperature/Dew Point:
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Houston, TX (CXO)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Destination: Port Mansfield, TX (T05)
Type of Clearance: IFR
Departure Time: 1041 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Charles R Johnson Airport (T05)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 10 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 12
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3200 ft / 50 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion:None 
Total Injuries: 3 None
Latitude, Longitude: 26.560278, -97.439167 (est)

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