Monday, November 11, 2019

Loss of Control on Ground: Piper PA-46-350P Malibu Mirage, N12KW; accident occurred July 27, 2019 at Upper Cumberland Regional Airport (KSRB), Sparta, Tennessee

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Nashville, Tennessee

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Sparta, TN
Accident Number: GAA19CA456
Date & Time: 07/27/2019, 1030 CDT
Registration: N12KW
Aircraft: Piper PA46
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 7 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Business

The pilot reported that, during takeoff, everything appeared "good" and then he saw a yellow warning light illuminate. He remembered seeing the letters "hydr…" on the light and became concerned about the landing gear. He decided to abort the takeoff and reduced power and held back pressure on the yoke but the airplane became airborne momentarily. He intentionally "let" the airplane go left over the grass. As the airplane decelerated, he saw a taxiway sign ahead, the stall warning horn sounded, and the airplane settled back onto the ground on the taxiway sign. He pulled the yoke full aft, added right brake, and the airplane impacted a ditch.

The pilot reported that before the flight he performed weight and balance calculation. He added that the airplane was in excess of 300 lbs. over the maximum gross weight and was "heavy aft." He reported that he had 7 persons on board the 6-seat airplane, with a person sitting in each seat and one additional sitting on the floor.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing.

The Federal Aviation Administration inspector reported that evidence and testimony showed that, during the takeoff, the left wing and nose wheel lifted, and the pilot lost directional control. The airplane veered off the runway, collided with a sign, crossed a taxiway and a ditch, and stopped in front of the terminal parking area. He added that, during a postaccident examination, no warning lights were noted.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 33, 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: 02/14/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 04/01/2019
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 400 hours (Total, all aircraft), 5 hours (Total, this make and model), 340 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 52 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 19 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N12KW
Model/Series: PA46 350P
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2000
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 4636255
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 6
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 4299 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: TIO-540
Registered Owner: Allied Moulded Products, Inc.
Rated Power: 310 hp
Operator: Allied Moulded Products, Inc.
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KSRB, 1024 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1535 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 222°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 6 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 190°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.32 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / 19°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Sparta, TN (SRB)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 1030 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 1024 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 22
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 6704 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 6 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 7 None
Latitude, Longitude: 36.058889, -85.527778 (est)


Anonymous said...

I'm guessing it is great to be lucky if you are also stupid.

Glad no one was hurt.

Anonymous said...

The pilot said he took off knowing he was 300 lbs. heavy and with more people than seats. Wow.

Unknown said...

You've got to be kidding me. 300lbs over weight, aft heavy, with a passenger on the floor not in a seat? That pilot is a danger and his license should be revoked!