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Piper PA-28R-201 Cherokee Arrow III, N811MS: Accident occurred June 26, 2020 at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (KBJC), Broomfield, Colorado

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; Denver, Colorado

G & M Aircraft Inc

Location: Denver, CO 
Accident Number: CEN20LA252
Date & Time: June 26, 2020, 21:00 Local
Registration: N811MS
Aircraft: Piper PA28R
Injuries: 1 Minor, 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On June 26, 2020, about 2100 central daylight time, a Piper PA28R, N39693, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident at the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (BJC), Broomfield, Colorado. The private pilot and 2 passengers were not injured, and 1 passenger sustained minor injuries. The local personal flight was being conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

The pilot reported that he was flying in the local area and was approaching BJC for a touch and go landing on runway 30R. Shortly before the base-final turn his shoulder harness suddenly locked up. He leaned back to release the belt, but it took the slack without releasing. He verbalized the seat belt problem to the passengers. After touchdown, the airplane rotated, climbed, accelerated, and the pilot retracted the landing gear.

The pilot stated that during the climb, the engine hesitated and he pitched the airplane forward. During this time, the pilot attempted to switch fuel tanks from left to right, and it was difficult to reach the selector level because of the shoulder harness not releasing. The pilot abandoned further attempts to switch fuel tanks and initiated a left turn toward flat terrain for a forced landing.

The airplane was landed in a field about 350-feet beyond the departure end of runway 30R and came to rest upright adjacent to a tree line. All passengers evacuated and the pilot secured the airplane.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper Registration: N811MS
Model/Series: PA28R 201 Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Operating Certificate(s)
Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC 
Condition of Light: Dusk
Observation Facility, Elevation: BJC,5673 ft msl 
Observation Time: 21:20 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 22°C /0°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 11000 ft AGL 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 260°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.86 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Denver, CO 
Destination: Denver, CO

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor, 2 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor, 3 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 39.749023,-105.00098 (est)

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