Saturday, August 08, 2020

Piper PA-32RT-300T Turbo Lance II, N3025L: Accident occurred August 01, 2020 at Cherry Ridge Airport (N30), Honesdale, Wayne County, Pennsylvania

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; Allentown, Pennsylvania

Location: Honesdale, PA
Accident Number: ERA20LA274
Date & Time: 08/01/2020, 0750 EDT
Registration: N3025L
Aircraft: Piper PA32RT
Injuries: 5 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On August 1, 2020, about 0750 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-32RT-300T, N3025L, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Honesdale, Pennsylvania. The pilot and four passengers were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

On the day of the accident, the pilot and the passengers were planning to fly from Cherry Ridge Airport (N30), Honesdale, Pennsylvania, to Ocean City Municipal Airport (OXB), Ocean City, Maryland.

According to the pilot, prior to takeoff from runway 36, he confirmed that the electric fuel boost pump was on, and the mixture and propeller controls were full forward. He increased engine power to full throttle with the brakes held, then released the brakes and initiated the takeoff with no flaps extended. He noticed the airplane was veering to the left, which did not correct with right rudder input. The veering became worse as the airplane accelerated. About halfway down the runway, at 70 to 71 knots, which was not yet the rotation speed, the airplane was near the left edge of the runway and he attempted to get airborne by pulling back on the control wheel. The airplane may have gotten slightly airborne but did not rotate. He felt the tail "bump" and noted the airplane was off the left side of the runway. The airplane subsequently came to rest in grass with the nose landing gear collapsed.

Examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed that it was substantially damaged. The airplane was recovered for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N3025L
Model/Series: PA32RT 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: MPO, 1915 ft msl
Observation Time: 0753 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 24 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 22°C / 16°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 200 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.01 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Honesdale, PA (N30)
Destination: Ocean City, MD (OXB)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 4 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 5 None
Latitude, Longitude: 41.515556, -75.251667 (est)

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