Saturday, December 26, 2020

Collision During Landing: Piper PA-60-700P Aerostar, N914MB: Accident occurred November 08, 2019 at Salt Lake City International Airport (KSLC), Utah

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Salt Lake City, Utah

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Medical Management Inc

Location: Salt Lake City, Utah
Accident Number: GAA20CA085
Date & Time: November 7, 2019, 18:20 Local
Registration: N914MB
Aircraft: Piper PA60 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Collision during takeoff/land 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation


The pilot reported that, during the night landing, he landed about 10 knots faster than normal and that, while exiting the runway, he did not follow the taxi centerline guide but instead taxied right of the centerline so that he could reach the taxiway as soon as possible. He was momentarily distracted while adjusting the radio as he was attempting to leave the runway. After completing the right turn, he recaptured the taxiway centerline and parked the airplane. During his preflight inspection the next morning, he found damage to the pressurized cabin and the right propeller. Upon further examination, the pilot noted that the right propeller had struck a taxiway light, which had dislodged the light and broken off the blade tip, and that the propeller blade tip had struck the cabin. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the cabin. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's failure to follow the taxiway centerline guide and his distraction due to adjusting the radio, which resulted in his failure to maintain clearance from a taxiway light after landing and while taxiing to a ramp. 


Environmental issues Runway/taxi/approach light - Effect on operation
Personnel issues Attention - Pilot
Personnel issues Monitoring environment - Pilot
Personnel issues Incorrect action performance - Pilot

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing Miscellaneous/other
Landing Collision during takeoff/land (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private 
Age: 70,Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land; Multi-engine land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None 
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane 
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None 
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without waivers/limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: January 11, 2018
Occupational Pilot: No 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: September 10, 2018
Flight Time: (Estimated) 4694 hours (Total, all aircraft), 390 hours (Total, this make and model), 4676 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 23 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 9 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper 
Registration: N914MB
Model/Series: PA60 700P 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1984 
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 60-8423008
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Date/Type of Last Inspection: Unknown
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 6315 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 
Engines: 2 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 
Engine Manufacturer:
ELT: Installed, not activated 
Engine Model/Series:
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 350 Horsepower
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC) 
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: KSLC,4225 ft msl 
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 23:54 Local 
Direction from Accident Site: 145°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 23000 ft AGL 
Visibility: 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 6 knots / 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 270°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.36 inches Hg 
Temperature/Dew Point: 12°C / -1°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Afton, WY (AFO) 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Salt Lake City, UT (SLC) 
Type of Clearance: Traffic advisory
Departure Time: 05:38 Local 
Type of Airspace: Class B

Airport Information

Airport: Salt Lake City Intl SLC
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 4230 ft msl
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 35
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 9596 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full stop;Traffic pattern

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 40.79,-111.980003(est)

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