Wednesday, April 08, 2020

Loss of Control on Ground: Piper PA-28-235, N9468W; accident occurred March 31, 2020 at Millard Airport (KMLE), Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska

View to the southeast down runway 12. Note the skid mark angling off to the left.
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N9468W in the grass to the left of runway 12.
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N9468W with collapsed nose landing gear.
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Left wing separation.
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Bent engine mount and buckled firewall.
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Wrinkle in roof next to cabin door handle.
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Torn skin on left wing and fuselage.
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Additional Participating Entity: 

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lincoln, Nebraska

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Omaha, NE
Accident Number: CEN20CA137
Date & Time: 03/31/2020, 1844 CDT
Registration: N9468W
Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-235C
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional

The pilot was returning from his third solo cross country flight. He made a stop-and-go and a touch-and-go landing at another airport, then returned to his home base and landed on runway 12. The wind was from 180° at 6 knots with variable gusts. The airplane touched down and bounced. The right wing dropped and the right main landing gear touched down, followed by the nose landing gear. The airplane turned hard to the left but the airplane was too close to the runway edge to turn and remain on the runway so the pilot applied maximum braking and raised the nose to try and slow the airplane down. The airplane went down an 8 to 10 ft embankment at an angle. At the bottom of the embankment the left wing struck the ground and it separated from the fuselage, and the nose landing gear bent aft which bent the engine mounts and buckled the firewall. There were no mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operations. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 34, 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: 03/17/2020
Occupational Pilot:No 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 03/31/2020
Flight Time: 18 hours (Total, all aircraft), 18 hours (Total, this make and model), 4 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 12 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: PIPER
Registration: N9468W
Model/Series: PA-28-235C
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1969
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 28-11193
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Date/Type of Last Inspection:
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2700 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: O-540-B4B5
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 235 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: MLE, 1051 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1825 CDT
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 7000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:None 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 6 knots / 12 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: 
Wind Direction: 180°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 28.77 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C / 4°C
Precipitation and Obscuration:
Departure Point: Columbus, NE (OLU)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Destination: Omaha, NE (MLE)
Type of Clearance:None 
Departure Time: 1750 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Millard (MLE)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 1051 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 12
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 3801 ft / 75 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: 41.198611, -96.114722 (est)

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