Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Piper PA-32RT-300 Lance II, N31934: Accident occurred September 02, 2019 at Mackinac Island Airport (KMCD), Mackinac County, Michigan

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Grand Rapids, Michigan

West Michigan Flying Club

NTSB Identification: GAA19CA520
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, September 02, 2019 in Mackinac Island, MI
Aircraft: Piper PA32RT, registration: N31934

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Aircraft crashed landed and came to rest in ditch. 

Date: 02-SEP-19
Time: 16:05:00Z
Regis#: N31934
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: 32
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91

Mackinac Island Fire Department

There were no injuries today when a single-engine aircraft carrying a pilot and 5 passengers made a hard landing at the Mackinac Island Airport.

No known cause for the incident which is under investigation by the FAA/NTSB.

The airport has been closed since the incident, but is expected to open soon. 

Ladder 1, Ladder 2, Engine 1, Squad 1, and Battalion all took in the run as did the Island Police, Island EMS and units from the State Park.

THANKFUL there were no injuries.

-Mackinac Island Fire Department

MACKINAC ISLAND, Michigan  (WPBN/WGTU) -- The Federal Aviation Administration is currently investigating a hard landing of a plane at the Mackinac Island Airport Monday around noon.

Mackinac Island Airport officials said the Piper PA-32RT-300 Lance II aircraft went off runway as it was landing.

An investigation is underway to determine the cause, officials said, and as of now it is believed to have experienced some sort of mechanical issue.

None of the six people on board were injured, officials said, and none of them were island residents.

The airport has been closed since the incident, but is expected to open soon

Officials said Island Police, Island EMS and units from the State Park all responded to the scene.

Original article can be found here ➤


Anonymous said...

This aircraft was obtained by the West Michigan Flying Club in 2015 according to their website. Looks to me like a botched go around. Appears the pilot attempted to land, landed hard and bounced (possibly a few times) and then applied full power for a go around. My guess is he stalled it at low speed. Appears it rolled and tore the gear off. They are lucky it wasn't worse, not to mention the airplane was almost fully loaded (possibly overloaded)?! 6 people is a lot for a lance, I will say that. Honestly the pilot created a massive situation involving many rescue personnel and police. This accident could have been avoided by simply reviewing go-around procedures. Evidently this gentleman did not do his he has a broken piper lance. Good luck salvaging that because the cost of repairs will be more then the airframe

Anonymous said...

If you think he botched a go around and was at full power, then why is the propeller unscathed? I do not think any portion of your claim is close to being correct.

Anonymous said...

The pilot had the nerve to clock the propellor at last few seconds so it would not cause a prop strike prior to the crash. That way engine is worth more to a salvage company. Good thinking on his part. Maybe club should stick to C-150’s?

Anonymous said...

If that prop was running at full power when the gear let go, I'll eat the ends off of it, all the way to the paint. Sheesh . . .

Anonymous said...

I bet it was carb ice

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

Damn the stupid shit people write on here, it’s depressing that people are that stupid.

Anonymous said...

I wish I had a like button for your comment

Anonymous said...

I think my comment regarding clocking of the propeller is funnier than carb ice. But, what about the ‘ol inertia separators?

Anonymous said...

Wow, all 6 seats filled. I flew a 300hp Saratoga for years and the only time we could truly fill 6 seats was with kids or leaving a lot of fuel behind.

Anonymous said...

That'll buff out.

Anonymous said...

Either the pilot was able to shut the engine down or it wasn't turning to start with on touchdown.
I'm guessing fuel exhaustion or mismanagement with near/exceedance of max gross weight being a casual factor.

Nolan said...

I'm part of the flying club. This was a brand new engine, and the aircraft had just been released for use by the club. Do with that what you will.

Unknown said...

If anyone here is ignorant to write there opinion on here about what they think happened is just that “ignorant”. It obvious the writer had or has no clue.
Remember folks when that time comes? Will you be ready? Let be thankful they survived.
Let the pros figure it out not the JO’s!
PS if you have the gall to critical about anyone’s flying habits put your name out the instead of hiding anonymously. Glad there all OK.

Maening said...

If the pilot lost the engine and everyone walked away, it was a good save regardless of why the engine quit.

av8rdav said...

Unknown used the wrong spelling of there TWICE! I only mention this because he was calling some posters on this thread "ignorant". Perhaps a look in the mirror and you'll see the ignorant one.

Anonymous said...

"Anonymous said...
Damn the stupid shit people write on here, it’s depressing that people are that stupid."

Quite a meaningful contribution on your part. Just saying.

Glad no one was hurt.

Anonymous said...

Landed at Mackinaw today...the plane is still there. Local said bounced landing.