Sunday, September 27, 2020

Piper PA-46-500TP, N3088X: Incident occurred September 20, 2020 in Mobile, Alabama

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Alabama and NW Florida

Aircraft landed and gear collapsed. 

Prop Wash LLC

Date: 20-SEP-20
Time: 16:29:00Z
Regis#: N3088X
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA46
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

WARRANTY:  There is no warranty, express or implied for the information provided herein or the condition, useability, workability, operability or marketability of the aircraft salvage.  All times are approximate and the logbooks and aircraft should be inspected by each bidder BEFORE BIDDING.  Failure of the bidder to view the salvage or wreckage, or confirm any information provided is NOT grounds for a claim or withdrawal of bid after bid closing date.)

HOURS estimated from logbooks or other information - not guaranteed or warranted

AIRCRAFT:2007 PIPER PA46-500TP N3088X, s/n: 4697323, TTAF/TACH: 1358.2

ENGINE:  Pratt & Whitney PT6A-42A, s/n: PCE-RMO342, TSN: 1358.2, CSN: 501. 

Disassembled for sudden stop/prop strike inspection.  Engine BER after inspection. 

Engine has been assembled (Dummy Built) for shipping only.   

PROPELLER:  Hartzell HC-E4N-3Q, s/n: HH3036

Last annual inspection on 09/15/20 at PTT 1353.5, TSPOH 362


Garmin GNS-430W
Garmin GNS-430W
Garmin GTX-330 ES
Garmin GTX-330 ES
Honeywell System 800 w/WX-500
Avidyne FlightMax Entegra
S-TEC Magic 1500
Garmin GMA-340
Avidyne FlightMax Entegra Flight Mgmt. and Display System 


After landing at Mobile, Alabama, a strong gust of wind blew the aircraft sideways to the left.  The left main landing gear and the nose gear traveled off the concrete runway and into the rain soaked grass.  The PIC steered the aircraft back toward the runway, but the nose wheel hooked the edge of the runway causing it to be wrenched out of position.  Trunnion bolts were sheared.  The nose gear collapsed and the propeller struck the runway.  The aircraft ended up on the runway.  The main landing gear did not collapse.  The damage to the aircraft is limited to the propeller, the engine, the engine mount, the lower engine cowling, the nose gear doors and the nose gear assembly.


The aircraft was disassembled for recovery. The damage includes but may not be limited to:

All 4 blades on the propeller are bent aft. 

Both nose gear doors are damaged beyond repair. 

The bottom of the lower engine cowling is scuffed. 

There is a small hole in the upper engine cowling. 

Some part of the engine pierced the cowling slightly. 

The trunnion bolts sheared causing the gear to collapse. 

The air conditioning compressor mount is fractured. 

The alternator bracket is broken. 

The aircraft’s engine was removed and sent to Dallas Airmotive for an evaluation and returned in a “dummy build” configuration. 

LOCATION OF AIRCRAFT:   Florida Air Recovery, Jacksonville, Florida.  For inspection only: 904-553-6962


The aircraft was disassembled for recovery.

Insurer reserves the right to reject any and all bids. 

Salvage is as is/where is. 

The posting information is the best to our knowledge. 

An inspection of the salvage is highly recommended. 


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  1. I think this year has set a record for landing related incident reports on KR from gear collapse to gear up to losing control on rollout. I just don't ever recall this many landing related reports on KR before. September alone just seems to be really high.

  2. I read KR at bedtime : lately aloud to my wife. Gear collapsed, gear up landing, veered off runway, Gear collapsed, gear up landing, veered off runway,Gear collapsed, gear up landing, veered off runway... over and over. Every night!