Tuesday, March 03, 2020

Piper PA-46-350P Malibu Mirage, N304LA: Accident occurred February 28, 2020 at Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (KSJC), Santa Clara County, California

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Jose, California

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


Location: San Jose, CA
Accident Number: WPR20LA104
Date & Time: 02/28/2020, 1151 PST
Registration: N304LA
Aircraft: Piper PA46
Injuries: 4 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On February 28, 2020, about 1151 Pacific standard time, a Piper PA 46-350P airplane, N304LA, sustained substantial damage during a gear up landing at Norman Y Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC), San Jose, California. The flight instructor, private pilot, and two passengers were not injured. The airplane was registered to a private individual and operated by the pilot, under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the airport about the time of the accident, and a VFR flight plan was filed for the cross-country flight that originated at Idaho Falls Regional Airport (IDA), Idaho Falls, Idaho, about 0700, with a planned destination of San Martin Airport (E16), San Martin, California.

According to the pilot, during the approach to E16, he was unable to extend the landing gear. Several attempts to extend the landing gear were unsuccessful, which prompted him to proceed to an alternate airport, SJC. En route and prior to making the approach to SJC, the pilot made additional attempts to extend the landing gear, each of which was to no avail; the landing gear remained in the UP and LOCKED position. The pilot subsequently made an uneventful gear up landing at SJC.

Postaccident examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector, revealed that the airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage. The airplane was recovered for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N304LA
Model/Series: PA46 350P
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: KSJC, 50 ft msl
Observation Time: 0353 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C / 8°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 7500 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 16000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.14 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Departure Point: Idaho Falls, ID (IDA)
Destination: San Martin, CA (E16)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 4 None
Latitude, Longitude: 37.363056, -121.928611 (est)

SAN JOSE — A small plane made an emergency landing on its belly at San Jose's airport after its pilot reported mechanical issues Friday morning.

The plane is a Piper PA-46-350P Malibu Mirage with three passengers and a pilot on board, said Rosemary Barnes, a spokeswoman for the Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport.

The plane skidded to a stop on the runway shortly before noon. It was not immediately known if anyone on board was injured.

Barnes said the airport received word of trouble after 10 a.m. The plane took off from Idaho Falls regional airport and was supposed to land at Reid-Hillview Airport in San Jose.

Barnes said there was fire equipment and emergency personnel on hand to meet the plane.

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