Saturday, September 7, 2019

Piper PA-60-602P Aerostar, N1R: Accident occurred September 02, 2019 at Tulsa International Airport (KTUL), Oklahoma

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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


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https://registry.faa.gov/N1R

Location: Tulsa, OK
Accident Number: CEN19TA327
Date & Time: 09/02/2019, 1020 CDT
Registration: N1R
Aircraft:Piper PA60 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Hard landing
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On September 2, 2019, about 1020 central daylight time, a Piper PA-60 Aerostar airplane, N1R, sustained substantial damage during a hard landing on runway 36L at Tulsa International Airport (TUL), Tulsa, Oklahoma. The pilot and passenger were not injured. The nose landing gear collapsed which resulted in damage to the forward pressure bulkhead. The airplane was registered to CBU Aviation LLC and operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the airport, and the flight was operated on an instrument flight rules flight plan. The flight originated from Rogers Executive Airport (ROG), Rogers, Arkansas, about 0945 and was destined for TUL.

The pilot reported flying a normal approach to runway 36L; however, he initiated the landing flare too high. The airplane subsequently stalled and dropped about 10 ft which caused the nose landing gear to collapse. The airplane came to rest on an adjacent taxiway. He had verified that the landing gear was down and locked (three green indicator panel lights) before landing. He stated the accident was "not caused by any apparent mechanical failures."

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 81, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
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 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 06/01/2019
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 11/06/2017
Flight Time: 2300 hours (Total, all aircraft), 500 hours (Total, this make and model) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N1R
Model/Series: PA60 602P
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1982
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 60-8265043
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 5
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 05/01/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 6800 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 2 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 3571.2 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: TIO-540-U2A
Registered Owner: CBU Aviation LLC
Rated Power: 350 hp
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: TUL, 678 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 0953 CDT
Direction from Accident Site: 180°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 4 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 200°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 30.09 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C / 24°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Rogers, AR (ROG)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Destination: Tulsa, OK (TUL)
Type of Clearance: IFR
Departure Time: 0930 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class E

Airport Information

Airport: Tulsa International (TUL)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 678 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 36L
IFR Approach: RNAV
Runway Length/Width: 6101 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Straight-in 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 36.198333, -95.888056 (est)


Location: Tulsa, OK
Accident Number: CEN19LA327
Date & Time: 09/02/2019, 1020 CDT
Registration: N1R
Aircraft: Piper PA60
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On September 2, 2019, about 1020 central daylight time, a Piper PA-60 Aerostar airplane, N1R, sustained substantial damage during a hard landing and nose landing gear collapse on runway 36L at Tulsa International Airport (TUL), Tulsa, Oklahoma. The pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane sustained damage to the forward pressure bulkhead. The airplane was registered to CBU Aviation LLC and operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed. The flight originated from Rogers Executive Airport (ROG), Rogers, Arkansas, about 0945 and was destined for TUL.

The pilot reported flying a normal approach to runway 36L; however, he initiated the landing flare too high. The airplane subsequently stalled and dropped about 10 ft which caused the nose landing gear to collapse. He verified that the landing gear was down and locked (three green indicator panel lights) before landing. There were no anomalies related to the airplane before the accident.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration:N1R 
Model/Series: PA60 602P
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
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: TUL, 678 ft msl
Observation Time: 0953 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C / 24°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , 200°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.09 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Rogers, AR (ROG)
Destination: Tulsa, OK (TUL)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude:  36.198333, -95.888056 (est)

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