Monday, January 03, 2022

Piper PA-24-250 Comanche, N5844P: Accident occurred January 02, 2022 at Grand Forks International Airport (KGFK), North Dakota

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; Fargo, North Dakota

Location: Grand Forks, North Dakota
Accident Number: CEN22LA102
Date and Time: January 2, 2022, 16:00 Local
Registration: N5844P
Aircraft: Piper PA-24-250 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On January 2, 2022, about 1600 central standard time, a Piper PA-24-250 airplane, N5844P, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near at the Grand Forks International Airport (GFK), Grand Forks, North Dakota. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that the landing gear did not extend properly as he approached his intended destination airport. His attempts to extend the landing using the emergency extension procedure were not successful. He decided to divert to a tower-controlled airport. The tower controller subsequently confirmed that the landing gear was not fully extended; it appeared to be “a few inches down from the retracted position.” Consultation with a mechanic via the radio and further efforts to fully extend the landing gear were also not successful. He executed an emergency gear-up landing. The airframe sustained damage to the lower fuselage skin and substructure during the landing.

The airplane was recovered to a hangar at the airport, and a postaccident examination of the landing gear system is pending.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper 
Registration: N5844P
Model/Series: PA-24-250 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
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: GFK, 845 ft msl 
Observation Time: 16:00 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: -21°C /-24°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 11000 ft AGL 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 11 knots / 0 knots, 170°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.01 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Ashland, WI (ASX)
Destination: Park River, ND (Y37)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 47.947278,-97.173778 (est)

1 comment:

  1. another beautiful classic smashed up likely due to negligence :( this website is depressing!