Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Piper PA-28-181 Archer II, N46MD: Accident occurred August 24, 2021 near Eagle County Regional Airport (KEGE), Gypsum, 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

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

iTechnology Design Inc

Location: Gypsum, CO
Accident Number: CEN21LA383
Date & Time: August 24, 2021, 09:33 Local 
Registration: N46MD
Aircraft: Piper PA-28-181
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper 
Registration: N46MD
Model/Series: PA-28-181
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
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:
Observation Time:
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: 16°C /2°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.3 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Gypsum, CO 
Destination: Gypsum, CO

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 39.623148,-106.93823 (est)

A lone pilot who appears to have encountered a mid-air malfunction is safe after crash landing his plane into a field near the Eagle County airport.

Eagle County Sheriff James van Beek said the pilot was able to bring the aircraft down safely in an area of private rangeland southwest of the airport in Gypsum.

“(The pilot) had turned and was trying to get back to where he needed to go and doing everything he could to fix the problem in the air, he was losing altitude, apparently he wasn’t going to make it back to the airport so he turned and went for the field,” van Beek said. “And he walked away from it unscathed.”

Van Beek said the Sheriff’s Office took pictures and noted where the plane came to a stop, but the remainder of the investigation will be performed by the National Transportation Safety Board.

“We took all the initial information, but then we turn all that over to the NTSB, so they’ll investigate that,” van Beek said. “My guys were calling for a tow, and they were going to load it up and take it over to the airport and secure it for the NTSB.”

1 comment:

  1. Congratulations for flying the plane all the way to the site of the crash. That’s why he walked away.
    Going to place a bet on fuel though.