Wednesday, July 07, 2021

Piper PA-46-500TP, N31062: Accident occurred July 06, 2021 at Dare County Regional Airport (KMQI), Manteo, North Carolina

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 Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Greensboro, North Carolina
Piper Aircraft; Vero Beach, Florida 
Hartzell Propellers; Piqua, Ohio
Transportation Safety Board of Canada; Quebec
Pratt & Whitney Canada; Bridgeport, West Virginia 
Location: Manteo, NC
Accident Number: ERA21LA287
Date & Time: July 6, 2021, 15:08 Local 
Registration: N31062
Aircraft: Piper PA46-500TP 
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On July 6, 2021, about 1508 eastern day light time, a Piper PA-46-500TP, N31062, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Manteo, North Carolina. The airline transport pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that the fuel tanks had been topped-off with Jet-A fuel before the flight. He departed Dare County Regional Airport (MQI) from runway 23; however, just after he retracted the landing gear, he noted a loss of thrust from the engine. He verified that the throttle had not moved, unlocked the Manual Override (MOR), and moved it forward in an attempt to increase engine power. Engine power did not increase, and the pilot began to prepare for a forced landing. Suddenly, the engine surged, and the pilot initiated a climb. There was a brief interruption of engine power, but the airplane continued to climb, and the pilot started a turn back to the airport.

As the pilot maneuvered the airplane back toward the airport, the engine again lost power. He subsequently landed about midfield, at the intersection of runway 35 and runway 23, and was aligned about 35° off runway heading for runway 35. The airplane continued off the paved surface, into the grass, where the nose landing gear collapsed, resulting in substantial damage to the fuselage.

The airplane was equipped with a Pratt & Whitney PT6A turboprop engine. The airframe and engine were retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N31062
Model/Series: PA46-500TP
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: KMQI,13 ft msl 
Observation Time: 14:55 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C /20°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 13 knots / , 190°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 4800 ft AGL
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.13 inches
Hg Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Manteo, NC 
Destination: Manassas, VA (HEF)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 35.919748,-75.694914 (est)

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