Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Hard Landing: Piper PA-32RT-300T, N2228B; accident occurred August 27, 2019 at Ashland Municipal Airport (S03), Jackson County, Oregon

View of fuselage damage.
Federal Aviation Administration 

 View of separated right-wing root. 
Federal Aviation Administration 

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Hillsboro, Oregon 

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Location: Ashland, OR
Accident Number: GAA19CA518
Date & Time: 08/27/2019, 2050 PDT
Registration: N2228B
Aircraft: Piper PA32RT
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Hard landing
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot reported that, during landing, shortly after touchdown, the airplane bounced. The airplane then touched down hard and the propellers struck the ground. The pilot was unable to maintain directional control and the airplane exited the runway and came to rest upright on grassy terrain.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and right wing.

The pilot did not report any preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The pilot did not submit the National Transportation Safety Board Pilot/Operator Aircraft Accident/Incident Report Form 6120.1.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 39, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 06/01/2015
Occupational Pilot:No 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: (Estimated) 100 hours (Total, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N2228B
Model/Series: PA32RT 300T
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1978
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 32R-7987039
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 07/18/2019, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 3219.65 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
Engine Model/Series: TIO-540-SlAD
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power:
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:
Distance from Accident Site:
Observation Time: 0635 UTC
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.84 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C / 13°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Portland, OR (HIO)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Destination: Ashland, OR (S03)
Type of Clearance: Unknown
Departure Time:
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Grants Pass (3S8)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 1130 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 31
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4001 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop 

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: 42.510000, -123.388056 (est)

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