Friday, April 29, 2022

Piper PA-24-260 Comanche 260C, N73T: Accident occurred April 27, 2022 at Terre Haute Regional Airport (KHUF), Vigo County, Indiana

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; Indianapolis, Indiana
Piper Aircraft

Lucid Thought Consulting LLC


Location: Terre Haute, Indiana
Accident Number: CEN22LA184
Date and Time: April 27, 2022, 17:23 UTC 
Registration: N73T
Aircraft: Piper PA-24-260 
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On April 27, 2022, at 17:23 central daylight time, a Piper PA-24-260, N73T, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Terre Haute, Indiana. The pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 personal flight.

The airplane departed runway 23. The pilot stated that after departure a door was ajar and he needed to return to land. Upon landing, the airplane rolled about 2,000 ft down the runway when the right main landing gear collapsed. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N73T
Model/Series: PA-24-260 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code: N/A

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KHUF, 57 ft msl 
Observation Time: 16:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 19°C /3°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 310°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.21 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Terre Haute, IN (HUF)
Destination: Terre Haute, IN (HUF)

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: 39.456236,-87.3018 (est)

Aircraft gear collapsed on landing. 

Date: 27-APR-22
Time: 17:29:00Z
Regis#: N73T
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA24
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: TERRE HAUTE
State: INDIANA

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