Saturday, June 15, 2019

Ground Collision: Cirrus SR20, N482DA, accident occurred July 25, 2018 at Orlando Sanford International Airport (KSFB), Florida


Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida

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

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

http://registry.faa.gov/N482DA




Location: Sanford, FL
Accident Number: GAA18CA445
Date & Time: 07/25/2018, 1710 EDT
Registration: N482DA 
Aircraft: Cirrus SR20
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Ground collision
Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

The flight instructor reported that, he was providing simulated instrument flight instruction to a private pilot rated student. Following the instruction, due to increased wind and rain and decreasing visibility the instructor took the controls while returning to the airport.

Prior to touchdown, the instructor kept the airplane in ground effect to reduce the airspeed and the airplane touched down about halfway down the 3,578 ft. runway, bounced twice, and touched down again. He then applied brakes and the student "got the flaps up." After exiting the runway onto a taxiway, the instructor applied brakes but the "airplane was still traveling too fast when [it] entered the ramp" and veered slightly left of taxiway centerline striking three unoccupied airplanes on the ramp.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left-wing and left-wing spar box.

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

The automated weather observation station located on the airport reported that, about the time of the accident, the wind was from 200° at 16 knots, gusting 16 knots, 1 statute miles, broken clouds at 3,900 ft, temperature 81°F, dew point 73°F, with heavy rain. The airplane landed on runway 27C.



Flight Instructor Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 49, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No 
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 06/01/2018
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 11/25/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 556.3 hours (Total, all aircraft), 138.5 hours (Total, this make and model), 356 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 138.5 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 75.3 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)



Student Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age:21, Male 
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): None 
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 10/16/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 06/27/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 86 hours (Total, all aircraft), 11 hours (Total, this make and model)



Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cirrus
Registration: N482DA
Model/Series: SR20 No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2007
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 1824
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection:06/14/2018, Annual 
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3000 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 9606.8 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-360-ES
Registered Owner: Aerosim Academy Inc.
Rated Power: 200 hp
Operator: Aerosim Academy Inc.
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 



Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KSFB, 55 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2107 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 291°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility:  
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 3900 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 16 knots / 23 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / Convective
Wind Direction: 200°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / Light
Altimeter Setting: 29.94 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C / 23°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: Heavy - Rain
Departure Point: Sanford, FL (SFB)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Destination: Sanford, FL (SFB)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time:  EDT
Type of Airspace: Class C



Airport Information

Airport: ORLANDO SANFORD INTL (SFB)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 54 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Wet
Runway Used: 27C
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3578 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop



Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:1 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion:None 
Total Injuries: 3 None
Latitude, Longitude:  28.776944, -81.235000 (est)





















Landing Area Undershoot: Just JA30 SuperSTOL, N825PW, accident occurred July 22, 2018 in Chelan Falls, Washington

Kenneth William VanAssche
April 9th, 1950 – May 6th, 2019

Family, friends, planes, motorcycles, snowmobiles, heavy equipment and epic parties at the river ... these were a few of Ken's great loves in life. It is with heavy hearts and sadness that we say goodbye. On May 6th, 2019, Kenneth W. VanAssche, 69, of Chelan, Washington, died shortly after take-off at the Chelan Airport in his Just JA30 SuperSTOL experimental aircraft. It was a beautiful day and he was ready to soar. After learning to fly recently, he wanted to check flying off his "bucket list of life". His list was long, exciting and filled with adventures. The stories of his life were great and we have lost a true legend among us.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Spokane, Washington

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

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:  https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

http://registry.faa.gov/N825PW

Location: Chelan Falls, WA
Accident Number: GAA18CA443
Date & Time: 07/22/2018, 0730 PDT
Registration: N825PW
Aircraft: Just JA30 SUPERSTOL
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Landing area undershoot
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot reported that as he made the approach over a river to land at his private airstrip, he "came in too low and hit a dock," that was moored to the side of the river. The airplane's propeller struck the dock and the landing gear separated from the airplane which slid about 25ft on the airstrip and came to a stop.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the engine mounts.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Sport Pilot
Age: 68, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s):None 
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Sport Pilot Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 119.5 hours (Total, all aircraft), 44.6 hours (Total, this make and model) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Just
Registration: N825PW 
Model/Series: JA30 SUPERSTOL Undesignated
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2014
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: JA 308-07-13
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 07/06/2017, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1320 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 156.5 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: 914UL
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 115 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: KEAT, 1229 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 25 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1455 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 200°
Lowest Cloud Condition:Clear 
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:None 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 7 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:/ 
Wind Direction:290° 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 30.23 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 17°C / 8°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Chelan, WA (S10)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Destination: Chelan, WA (S10)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0730 PDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: PVT AIRSTRIP (PVT)
Runway Surface Type: Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 732 ft
Runway Surface Condition:Dry 
Runway Used: NW
IFR Approach:None 
Runway Length/Width:490 ft / 150 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: 47.786944, -119.993056 (est)

Loss of Control on Ground: Cessna 180, N3224D, accident occurred July 19, 2018 at Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (KBZN), Gallatin County, Montana

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Helena, Montana 

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


Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:  https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms


http://registry.faa.gov/N3224D


Location: Bozeman, MT
Accident Number: GAA18CA437
Date & Time: 07/19/2018, 1115 MDT
Registration: N3224D
Aircraft: Cessna 180
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot of the tailwheel equipped airplane reported that, after a wheel landing, the tail wheel touched down on the ground and started a "violent shaking." He pushed forward on the control yoke to raise the tail, increase throttle and subsequently let the tail touched down on the runway again. The tailwheel continued to shake, and the airplane began to veer left but the pilot corrected with opposite rudder. Shortly after the airplane regained runway heading, the airplane veered right, exited the runway to the right and ground looped.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing.

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

The pilot added that, during landing, the wind was from 010┬║ at 4 knots. The automated weather observation station located on the airport reported that, about the 15 minutes before the accident, the wind was from 160° at 4 knots. The airplane landed on runway 03.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 81, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Unknown
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 06/01/2016
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: (Estimated)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N3224D
Model/Series: 180 Undesignated
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1954
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 32022
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  Unknown
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: 
ELT:
Engine Model/Series: Unknown
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: KBZN, 4427 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1656 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 325°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility: 10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 4 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 60°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.16 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C / 7°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Bozeman, MT (BZN)
Type of Flight Plan Filed:VFR 
Destination: Bozeman, MT (BZN)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time:  MDT
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Airport: BOZEMAN YELLOWSTONE INTL (BZN)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 4473 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 03
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2650 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: 45.777222, -111.150278 (est)

Runway Excursion: Piper PA-28-181, N9267H, accident occurred July 19, 2018 at Peterson Field Airport (15WI), Oregon, Dane County, Wisconsin

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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


Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms 
 
http://registry.faa.gov/N9267H


Location: Oregon, WI
Accident Number: GAA18CA432
Date & Time: 07/19/2018, 1400 CDT
Registration: N9267H
Aircraft: Piper PA28
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Runway excursion
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

According to the pilot, she had flown from her home airfield to another airport to receive instrument training. The departure to, and arrival at, the other airport had been uneventful, however during the training she and the instructor noted that the left brake was less effective than the right brake. The brakes had been serviced two days prior to the flight. Following the training, she returned to her home airport, and during landing on the wet grass runway, she aborted the landing because there was insufficient runway to safely stop the airplane.

During the second landing she touched down with about 2/3 of the 2,600-foot-long runway remaining. During the landing roll she ensured that the throttle was in the idle position, and she retracted the flaps, and applied aft pressure to the yoke.

She applied the foot brakes and then the hand brake, and again noted that the left brake was less effective than the right, but the airplane continued to slide on the wet grass. The airplane overran the runway and encountered a drainage culvert. Subsequently, the right wing struck a barn, and the left wing struck a trailer.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wing's spars and ribs.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, Aviation Safety Inspector that examined the airplane, there had been a pool of hydraulic fluid on the ground that appeared to be consistent with an O-ring failure or displacement. He affirmed that although degraded, the brake would have been functional yet requiring a pumping action by the pilot to build pressure within the brake line.

Two days prior to the accident, the pilot's grandfather noticed that the airplane had a "soft left brake." He flew the airplane to a maintenance facility and the brakes were serviced by adding brake fluid to the brake system and the brakes were bled. The grandfather flew the airplane home and was satisfied with the brake operation.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 22, Female
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
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:07/02/2015 
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 08/18/2017
Flight Time:   (Estimated) 191 hours (Total, all aircraft), 138 hours (Total, this make and model), 136 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 48.4 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 10.7 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1.9 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N9267H
Model/Series: PA28 181
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1996
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 2843027
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 04/01/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2550 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 3394.7 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C126 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-360-A1D
Registered Owner: Peterson Aviation Llc
Rated Power: 180 hp
Operator: Peterson Aviation Llc
Operating Certificate(s) Held:None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KMSN, 866 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 13 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1853 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 14°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 11000 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 10 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: /
Wind Direction: 190°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 29.91 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C / 14°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Watertown, WI (RYV)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Watertown, WI (RYV)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time:  CDT
Type of Airspace:Class G 

Airport Information

Airport: Peterson Field (15WI)
Runway Surface Type: Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 978 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Wet
Runway Used: 9
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2600 ft / 150 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:  42.927500, -89.418056 (est)

Abnormal Runway Contact: Cessna 172L Skyhawk, N7880G, accident occurred July 17, 2018 at Nashville International Airport (KBNA), Tennessee

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

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


Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms 
 
http://registry.faa.gov/N7880G

Location: Nashville, TN
Accident Number: GAA18CA428
Date & Time: 07/17/2018, 1200 CDT
Registration: N7880G
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Abnormal runway contact
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

According to the pilot he had sought instruction from a flight instructor to complete his airplane single engine land, commercial certificate. He completed his airplane multi-engine land, commercial certificate two years prior, and his airplane single-engine land, private certificate three years prior.

He reported that during his solo flight, he made an approach, but the airplane's airspeed was fast. He recalled that his intent was to float along the 8,000ft runway, extending the distance to touchdown because he wanted to exit at the taxiway near the end of the runway.

He reported that during the flare, he misperceived the airplane's height above the runway, because the runway was 50ft wider than his departure airport's runway. The airplane "sunk", touched down on the main landing gear, and bounced.

The pilot reported that he panicked and applied back pressure to the yoke, "thinking that it would slow me down." The airplane bounced several times and he applied forward pressure to the yoke, "to get some forward momentum to flare again." The airplane settled on the runway.

During taxi the pilot felt something was wrong with the nose wheel but continued to taxi to the hangar.

The airplane sustained substantial damage the lower engine mounts.

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

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 30, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 12/22/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 12/20/2016
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 183.3 hours (Total, all aircraft), 152.8 hours (Total, this make and model), 131 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 7.9 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 6.8 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1.5 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N7880G
Model/Series: 172 L
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1970
Amateur Built:No 
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 17259580
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 07/09/2018, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2300 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 3920 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C126 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-320
Registered Owner: Southern Skies Aviation Llc
Rated Power: 150 hp
Operator: Nashville Flight Training
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Pilot School (141) 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KBNA, 605 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1653 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 238°
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 3400 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Light and Variable /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: Variable
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.01 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 32°C / 22°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Gallatin, TN (XNX)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Destination: Nashville, TN (BNA)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 1150 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class C

Airport Information

Airport: Nashville Intl (BNA)
Runway Surface Type: Concrete
Airport Elevation: 599 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 02C
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 8001 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Straight-in

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:  36.124444, -86.678056 (est)

Landing Gear Not Configured: Piper PA-28R-200, N7716C, accident occurred July 10, 2018 at Pearland Regional Airport (KLVJ), Houston, Texas

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Houston, Texas

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

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

http://registry.faa.gov/N7716C

Location: Houston, TX
Accident Number: GAA18CA418
Date & Time: 07/10/2018, 1400 CDT
Registration: N7716C
Aircraft: Piper PA28R
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Landing gear not configured
Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

The private pilot reported that he was receiving commercial instruction in an airplane with retractable landing gear during a cross country flight to an unfamiliar airport. He added that while he turned the airplane from the downwind leg to the base leg of the traffic pattern for the runway, he did not perform the checklist, and the flight instructor did not verity that the landing gear were extended. The airplane touched down on the runway with the landing gear retracted.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the external longerons on the lower fuselage.

The pilot reported that there were no 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: 58, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Unknown
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 06/01/2003
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 400 hours (Total, all aircraft), 100 hours (Total, this make and model)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N7716C
Model/Series: PA28R 200
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 28R-7635114
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  Unknown
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT:
Engine Model/Series: IO-360 SER
Registered Owner: Ascent Aviation LLC
Rated Power:
Operator: Ascent Aviation LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KDWH, 152 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1907 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 338°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 4700 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.12 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 32°C / 22°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: La Porte, TX (T41)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Unknown
Destination: La Porte, TX (T41)
Type of Clearance: Unknown
Departure Time:
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Airport: David Wayne Hooks Memorial (DWH)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 152 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 17R
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 7009 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Straight-in

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries:3 None 
Latitude, Longitude:  30.061111, -95.552778 (est)