Monday, April 18, 2022

Piper PA-24-400 Comanche 400, N8493P: Accident occurred April 15, 2022 at Benson Municipal Airport (E95), Cochise County, Arizona

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; Scottsdale, Arizona 

Location: Benson, Arizona
Accident Number: WPR22LA180
Date and Time: April 15, 2022, 05:30 Local
Registration: N8493P
Aircraft: Piper PA-24-400
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On April 15, 2022, about 0530 mountain standard time, a Piper PA-24-400 airplane, N8493P, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Benson, Arizona. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was as operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 personal flight.

According to the pilot he was approaching Benson Municipal Airport (E95) to land when a departing helicopter reported there were deer near the runway. The pilot said he “turned on the landing lights, dropped the gear and started my approach to runway 10.” He did not see any animal activity and proceeded to land. Upon landing the airplane began to shake and the airplane stopped on the runway. The airplane came to rest on the belly of the airplane and the main landing gear were observed partially extended. The nose gear was not visible due to the airplane position on the runway.

According to personnel who recovered the airplane, the landing gear switch was in the down position when the airplane was recovered. When lifted the landing gear remained in a partially extended position and the landing gear did not operate when power was applied to the airplane and the landing gear switch was manipulated. The landing gear subsequently lowered and locked when the emergency gear system was utilized. The airplane received substantial damage to the skins, frames, and stringers on the underbelly of the fuselage. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper 
Registration: N8493P
Model/Series: PA-24-400 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
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Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
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Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

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Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 31.99967,-110.35976 (est)

Aircraft landed gear up.  

Date: 15-APR-22
Time: 12:30:00Z
Regis#: N8493P
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA24
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

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