Friday, August 30, 2019

Piper PA-22-150, N7236D: Accident occurred August 28, 2019 and Incident occurred April 08, 2017 in Talkeetna, Alaska

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Anchorage, Alaska

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Talkeetna, AK
Accident Number: ANC19LA047
Date & Time: 08/29/2019, 1900 AKD
Registration: N7236D
Aircraft: Piper PA-22-150
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional

On August 29, 2019, at about 1900 Alaska daylight time, a tundra tire, tailwheel-equipped Piper PA-22-150 airplane, N7236D, sustained substantial damage following a partial separation of the left main landing gear near Talkeetna, Alaska. The certificated flight instructor and certificated private pilot receiving instruction were not injured. The airplane was registered to Christianson Lake Rentals Maintenance LLC and operated by Alaska Floats and Skis, under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 when the accident occurred. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and a company flight plan had been filed. The flight departed Talkeetna Airport (PATK), Talkeetna.

According to the operator, while dragging an off-airport landing site the pilot heard an audible "pop" and noticed a partial separation of the left main landing gear. They returned to Talkeetna, conducted a fly by and were informed that the left main landing gear was loose. During the ensuing emergency landing the airplane ground looped. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage.

An initial examination of the airplane revealed that the aft left weld-on fuselage landing gear fitting had separated from the fuselage. A detailed examination is pending.

The closest weather reporting facility is Talkeetna Airport, (PATK), Talkeetna, Alaska. At 1853, a METAR from PATK was reporting in part: wind, 200° at 4 knots; visibility, 5 statute miles, smoke, haze; sky condition, overcast clouds, 4,600 ft; temperature, 66° F; dew point 45° F; and an altimeter setting of 30.08 inches of mercury.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Model/Series: PA-22-150
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Alaska Floats and Skis
Operating Certificate(s) Held:None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: PATK
Observation Time: 1853 ADT
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: 19°C / 7°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , 200°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 4600 ft agl
Visibility:  5 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.08 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Company VFR
Departure Point: Talkeetna, AK (TKA)
Destination: Talkeetna, AK (TKA)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 62.321389, -150.092778 (est)

April 08, 2017:  Aircraft after departure, fuel tank cover separated from aircraft. 

Date: 08-APR-17
Time: 01:00:00Z
Regis#: N7236D
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA22
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)

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