Monday, March 01, 2021

Piper PA-23, N1460P: Accident occurred February 27, 2021 at Wittman Regional Airport (KOSH), Oshkosh, Winnebago County, Wisconsin

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; Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Aviation Services LLC

Location: Oshkosh, WI
Accident Number: CEN21LA147
Date & Time: February 27, 2021, 10:31 Local 
Registration: N1460P
Aircraft: Piper PA-23 
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional
On February 27, 2021, about 1031 central standard time, a Piper PA-23 airplane, N1460P, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The pilot and flight instructor were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight.
The flight instructor reported the routine training flight included airwork which involved numerous landing gear extension/retraction cycles. During the final 45 minutes of the flight, the nose landing gear began to indicate down and locked, and then unsafe. Several touch-and-go landings were performed during which he attempted to “lightly move” the nose wheel into the down and locked position. 
Contact with the runway pavement was firm enough to indicate that the nose landing gear was down and locked. After touching down, the airplane began yawing to the right with an “unusual noise.” The application of left brake prevented the airplane from leaving the runway pavement; however, the nose landing gear collapsed shortly afterward. The airplane traveled an additional 100 to 200 ft. resting on the nose before coming to a stop on the runway.
Airframe damage included multiple fuselage bulkheads, skin panels and the nose wheel well structure.
An examination of the landing gear is planned.
Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information
Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N1460P
Model/Series: PA-23
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
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: OSH,808 ft msl
Observation Time: 10:43 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 3°C /-1°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 10 knots / , 190°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.95 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Oshkosh, WI (OSH)
Destination: Oshkosh, WI
Wreckage and Impact Information
Crew Injuries: 2 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 43.984491,-88.556934

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