Friday, June 19, 2020

Landing Gear Not Configured: Piper PA-31P, N192CS; accident occurred April 30, 2016 at Skylark Field Airport (KILE), Killeen, Bell County, Texas

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 Antonio, Texas

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Killeen, TX
Accident Number: CEN16LA189
Date & Time: 04/30/2016, 0930 CDT
Registration: N192CS
Aircraft: PIPER PA 31P
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Landing gear not configured
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Business 

On April 30, 2016, about 0930 central daylight time (CDT), a Piper PA-31 airplane, N192CS, landed with its gear retracted at Skylark Field Airport (KILE), Killeen, Texas. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage frame and stringers. The private pilot, the sole occupant, was not injured. The airplane was registered to Bunkie Bird, LLC and was operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a business flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, and no instrument flight rules flight plan was filed.

According to the pilot, the weather reported on the automated terminal information system stated that there were 1,200 ft ceilings. However, when he took off he noticed "considerable weather" along his intended route of flight . He contacted approach control and stated that he wanted to return to his departure airport to "wait out the weather." On approach, the pilot lowered the flaps to 15° to slow the airplane to within "gear down speed." He noticed that the flaps continued past 15° and he took his hand off the landing gear lever and raised the flaps back up to the fully retracted position. The pilot had overshot the runway on his turn to final. As he attempted to align the airplane with the runway centerline he heard a warning horn and thought it was the stall warning horn. He then landed on the runway with the landing gear retracted.

After the accident, the pilot stated he had mistaken the gear up warning horn for the stall warning horn. The pilot also said he did not visually check the landing gear indicator lights or look at the mirrors to verify the landing gear was down. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age:61, Male 
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; 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
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot:
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: PIPER
Registration: N192CS
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1973
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 31P-7300138
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Date/Type of Last Inspection:
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 7800 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 2 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
Engine Model/Series: TIGO-541SER
Registered Owner: BUNKIE BIRD LLC
Rated Power: 400 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:
Distance from Accident Site:
Observation Time: 1356 UTC
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 1300 ft agl
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 11 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 330°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 29.79 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 17°C / 16°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Killeen, TX (ILE)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Killeen, TX (ILE)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time:  CDT
Type of Airspace:

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 847 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 01
IFR Approach: Unknown
Runway Length/Width: 5495 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Unknown

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: 31.085833, -97.686389 (est)

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