Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Piper PA-32RT-300T Turbo Lance II, N2112A: Accident occurred April 10, 2020 near Los Alamos Airport (KLAM), New Mexico

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; Albuquerque, New Mexico

Location: Angostura, NM
Accident Number: WPR20LA121
Date & Time: 04/10/2020, 1332 MDT
Registration: N2112A
Aircraft: Piper PA-32RT-300T
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On April 10, 2020, about 1332 mountain daylight time, a Piper PA-32RT-300T airplane, N2112A, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Angostura, New Mexico. The pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that about 20 to 25 minutes after departure, he was conducting "S-turn climbs" to avoid terrain. As the airplane was about 11,000 ft mean sea level, the engine sputtered. The pilot advanced throttle, mixture, and propeller controls forward, and turned the airplane to the right. The pilot stated the stall warning came on during the turn, and in response, he lowered the nose, and decided to land in an area of snow-covered mountainous terrain.

Postaccident examination of the airplane by the pilot revealed that the left and right wings were separated. The airplane was recovered to a secure location for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N2112A
Model/Series: PA-32RT-300T
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: KSKX, 7091 ft msl
Observation Time: 1956 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 23 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 16°C / -7°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots / 14 knots, 260°
Lowest Ceiling:None 
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.04 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Departure Point: Los Alamos, NM (KLAM)
Destination: Kansas City, MO (KMKC)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 36.070833, -105.558889 (est)

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