Tuesday, April 05, 2022

Piper PA-28-235 Cherokee 235, N9119W: Accident occurred April 03, 2022 at Meadow Lake Airport (KFLY), Peyton, El Paso County, 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

Location: Calhan, Colorado
Accident Number: CEN22LA165
Date and Time: April 3, 2022, 17:55 Local 
Registration: N9119W
Aircraft: Piper PA-28-235
Injuries: 3 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On April 3, 2022, about 1755 mountain daylight time, a Piper PA-28-235, N9119W sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Calhan, Colorado. The pilot and two passengers sustained serious injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

Video surveillance of the accident showed the airplane cross the runway threshold and it remained airborne until past the 1st taxiway and appeared to touchdown near the 2nd taxiway before it bounced. It then exited the left side of the runway, went into a ditch where the landing gear impacted a sign. The airplane then pitched up, consistent with an attempted go-around or balked landing attempt, and impacted a building. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and both wings.

Damage to the airport property revealed that the airplane departed the left side of runway 15 just before the A3 taxiway sign. The airplane damaged the sign, and several runway and taxiway lights, before it traveled through a drainage ditch, became airborne again, and impacted a hanger on the south side of taxiway F.

A post-accident examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the left wing was separated from the airplane consistent with impact forces and the aileron cable exhibited a broomstraw, or frayed appearance, consistent with an overload separation. The fuselage and right wing were impact damaged, which precluded movement of the remaining flight controls. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper 
Registration: N9119W
Model/Series: PA-28-235 
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: KFLY,6874 ft msl 
Observation Time: 17:55 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 6°C /0°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Wind 
Speed/Gusts, Direction: 13 knots / 19 knots, 220°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 9000 ft AGL
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.02 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point:
Destination: Calhan, CO

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 Serious
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 38.94277,-104.5699 (est)

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances on landing.  

Date: 03-APR-22
Time: 23:55:00Z
Regis#: N9119W
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: SERIOUS
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

PEYTON, Colorado (KRDO) -- A plane crashed in Peyton on Sunday evening in a field next to the runway at the Meadow Lake Airport, sending all three people inside to the hospital.

The call came in just before 6:00 p.m. on Sunday night reporting the crash. The plane clipped a hangar as it crashed, causing minor damage.

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office said two adults and one juvenile were inside the plane at the time of the crash. Though all three were sent to the hospital, the Sheriff's Office only knew the condition of one of the adults, who suffered injuries that were not life-threatening. The condition of the other two is unclear.

The Federal Aviation Administration is the lead on this investigation and will continue to look into the crash in the coming days. As of right now, the National Transportation Safety Board is not involved in the investigation.

The plane is still at the crash site for now while the investigation continues. The last plane that crashed in the area remained at the scene for roughly a week.

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