Friday, January 10, 2020

Loss of Control on Ground: Piper PA-32-260 Cherokee Six, N75242; accident occurred March 31, 2019 at East Georgia Regional Airport (KSBO), Swainsboro, Emanuel County, Georgia

View of damage to firewall
Federal Aviation Administration

 View of damage to upper engine mount
Federal Aviation Administration

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta, Georgia

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Swainsboro, GA
Accident Number: GAA19CA191
Date & Time: 03/31/2019, 1125 EDT
Registration: N75242
Aircraft: Piper PA32
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot reported that during cruise flight, his onboard weather radar showed unfavorable weather ahead, and he diverted to a nearby airport for a precautionary landing. Upon touchdown, the airplane veered left, slid off the runway onto the adjacent field, and the nose landing gear collapsed.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the upper engine mount.

The pilot 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 230° at 9 knots, gusting 18 knots. The pilot landed the airplane on runway 32.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 50, 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 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 02/13/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 07/26/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 248 hours (Total, all aircraft), 166 hours (Total, this make and model), 202 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 20 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 19 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N75242
Model/Series: PA32 260
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1976
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 32-7600016
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 08/22/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3400 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:  at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: O-540-E4B5
Registered Owner: M&M Air Llc
Rated Power: 250 hp
Operator: M&M Air Llc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KSBO, 329 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1535 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 180°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 9 knots / 18 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 230°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.09 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C / 17°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Shellman Bluff, GA (1GA0)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Winder, GA (WDR)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1100 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: East Georgia Regional (SBO)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 327 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 32
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 6021 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop; Traffic Pattern

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: 32.609167, -82.370000 (est)

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