Sunday, July 12, 2020

Piper PA-46-600TP, N89MA: Accident occurred July 03, 2020 at Space Coast Regional Airport (KTIX), Titusville, Brevard County, Florida

Piper PA-46-600TP, N89MA 
HALO equipped 2020 Piper M600 SLS with the Garmin Autoland.

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 Entities: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida
Piper Aircraft Inc; Vero Beach, Florida 

Location: Titusville, FL
Accident Number: ERA20LA237
Date & Time: 07/03/2020, 1157 EDT
Registration: N89MA
Aircraft: PIPER PA46
Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On July 3, 2020, about 1157 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-46-600, N89MA, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Titusville, Florida. The pilot and two passengers were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that he performed a traffic pattern approach to runway 27 at Space Coast Regional Airport (TIX), Titusville, Florida. The airplane crossed the runway threshold at 80 knots and landed about 3 ft left of the runway centerline. When the nosewheel touched down, the airplane veered sharply right. The pilot applied left rudder and brake inputs to correct the deviation; however, the airplane did not respond. The airplane subsequently departed the right side of the runway and came to rest upright in the grass about 100 ft from the runway edge

Inspection of the accident site by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed three skid marks on runway 27. The darkest of the skid marks was consistent with being made by the nose landing gear tire. The skid marks arced to the right about 30° and exited into the grass. Once in the grass, the mark attributed to the nose landing gear appeared as a dirt trench scraped free of grass, ending where the airplane came to rest.

Examination of the airplane revealed substantial damage to the left wing, wrinkling on the left side of the fuselage, and damage to the left main and nose landing gear.

The airplane was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: PIPER
Registration: N89MA
Model/Series: PA46 600TP
Aircraft Category:Airplane 
Amateur Built: No
Operator: D&W Associates FL, Inc.
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: TIX, 33 ft msl
Observation Time: 1150 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 33°C / 23°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 3300 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / , 260°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  7 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.96 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: St Petersburg, FL (SPG)
Destination: Titusville, FL (TIX)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 None
Latitude, Longitude: 28.516389, -80.799167 (est)


  1. Should have used the Autoland feature.

  2. Replies
    1. I know and have discussed the accident with the pilot, he didn't use the autoland feature. I've seen the skid mark pictures, and the nose gear was not centered. Event the autoland would not have kept it on the runway.

    2. My bet: Nose wheel stearing arm was overtorqued and the right side steering arm broken.

    3. See Piper Service Letter 1286b dated January 28, 2021:
      Adds rigging of the aileron-rudder interconnect to procedure, required for only PA-46-600TP M600 aircraft.

      Select model PA-46-600TP and view 1286b pdf at:

      Also happened to N117PR:

  3. Flight test for certification.