Sunday, December 29, 2019

Piper PA-32RT-300 Lance II N27GB: Accident occurred December 28, 2019 near Asheville Regional Airport (KAVL), North Carolina

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Charlotte, North Carolina

Aircraft crashed on takeoff and caught fire.

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Date: 28-DEC-19
Time: 22:36:00Z
Regis#: N27GB
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA32R
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91


BUNCOMBE COUNTY, North Carolina (WLOS) —  Multiple crews were on scene at the WNC Ag Center in Buncombe County Saturday, December 28th, 2019, after a small plane crashed after taking off from the Asheville Regional Airport.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the Piper PA-32RT crashed approximately one-quarter mile east of airport as it was taking off from Runway 17.

Buncombe County authorities say five people were on the aircraft at the time of the crash. Thankfully, there were no major injuries.

The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine the probable cause of the accident.

Officials with the Asheville Regional Airport reported the incident did not happen on airport property but they did send help. They said the runway is fully operational. There are some flight delays at the time, but not necessarily connected to the crash.

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  1. A Lance II T-tail with five aboard. Depending on the PAX weight and how much fuel was on board however will be telling, especially with CG data. Years ago a retired airline pilot neighbor of mine had one of these and it was great on payload and utility. Fully fueled at 94 gallons it still has 1,000 pounds of useful payload. However, that T-tail had a lack of elevator authority at low airspeed. It took a lot of elevator play to get the nose to do what you needed it to do, much more than in a traditional low tail. It required full attention on takeoff and landing to keep from getting behind in low speed maneuvering - especially when near MTOW. Fortunately it appears the pilot found a large public lot to put down on with little obstacles to avoid. They were all extremely lucky. It will be interesting to read the preliminary of this.

  2. The Piper T tails were definetly a step backwards.

    Glad everyone got out ok.

  3. large open parking lot, approx 1,000 ft length just beyond 17/35 threshold left departure.