Saturday, October 10, 2020

Piper PA-46-500TP Malibu Meridian, N62ZM: Accident occurred October 02, 2020 near Lake Elmo Airport (21D), Washington County, Minnesota

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; Minneapolis, Minnesota 

Location: Lake Elmo, MN 
Accident Number: CEN21LA004
Date & Time: October 2, 2020, 15:12 Local
Registration: N62ZM
Aircraft: Piper PA46
Injuries: 2 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On October 2, 2020, about 1512 central daylight time (CDT), a Piper PA-46-500TP, N62ZM, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Lake Elmo, Minnesota. The airline transport pilot sustained serious injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that shortly after takeoff from runway 32 at the Lake Elmo airport (21D) and following landing gear retraction, he noticed a “hiccup” in the engine power and immediately started a turn back towards the airport. During the turn, all engine power was lost and the pilot executed a forced landing into a field of standing corn.

The airplane impacted the terrain, bounced, and came to rest upright in the corn about ½ mile northwest of the departure end of runway 32. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing as a result of the impact and post-crash fire.

The airplane was equipped with a Pratt & Whitney PT6A turboprop engine.

A detailed wreckage and engine examination is pending.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N62ZM
Model/Series: PA46
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KSTP,711 ft msl 
Observation Time: 14:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 9 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 10°C /-3°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 5000 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.19 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Lake Elmo, MN 
Destination: Mesquite, TX (HQZ)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Serious 
Aircraft Fire: On-ground
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Serious 
Latitude, Longitude: 44.997492,-92.855681 (est)

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