Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Socata TBM-700 C2, N48UM: Accident occurred July 27, 2021 at Mount Pleasant Regional Airport (KLRO), Charleston County, South 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 Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Columbia, South Carolina


Location: Mount Pleasant, SC
Accident Number: ERA21LA316
Date & Time: July 27, 2021, 11:05 Local
Registration: N48UM
Aircraft: Socata TBM-700 C2
Injuries: 5 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On July 27, 2021, about 1105 eastern daylight time, a Socata TBM-700 C2, N48UM, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident at Mount Pleasant Regional Airport-Faison Field (LRO) Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. The private pilot and four passengers were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

According to the pilot, his visual approach was “uncomfortably fast.” The airplane crossed over the threshold of the 3,700 ft-long runway at 125 to 130 knots and touched down on “the first 1/3 to the middle 1/3 of the runway.” He applied brakes, but the runway was wet and slick. Unable to stop on the remaining runway the pilot attempted to move the throttle from beta to full to abort the landing, but the throttle “stuck.” The airplane subsequently came to rest about 325 ft past the end of the runway.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration inspector who responded to the accident site and conducted an initial examination of the airplane, the engine mounts and left wing sustained substantial damage. The flaps were found in the “TAKEOFF” position. All engine and flight controls were intact from the cockpit controls to their respective control surfaces, and they functioned normally. In addition, examination of the brakes revealed no anomalies.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Socata
Registration: N48UM
Model/Series: TBM-700 C2 
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: LRO,14 ft msl 
Observation Time: 10:55 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 30°C /28°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 1400 ft AGL 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / 10 knots,
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 6 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Holland, MI (BIV) 
Destination: Mount Pleasant, SC

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 4 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 5 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 32.903011,-79.78419 

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