Saturday, April 30, 2022

Piper PA-46-500TP Malibu Meridian, N72WY: Accident occurred April 30, 2022 at Pueblo Memorial Airport (KPUB), Pueblo County, Colorado

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado

Aircraft crashed on departure.

St Christopher Aviation LLC

Date: 30-APR-22
Time: 16:52:00Z
Regis#: N72WY
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA46
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91

Pueblo Police Department - 

On April 30, 2022 at approximately 1053 am, a single-engine aircraft carrying only the pilot, crashed at the Pueblo Memorial Airport.

The plane was trying to takeoff but was unable to sustain flight.

The pilot aborted the takeoff which caused the plane to go into a nosedive and crash into the ground. 

The pilot suffered only minor injuries.


  1. Well you just lost your money. A PT6-42 is authorized to legaly run up to 400 hours on avgas per oberhaul cycle. The engine has no issues running on av gas, maybe just busns a lslight amount more per hour.

    1. Don't forget the higher ITT temp running on Avgas will cause. It doesn't have the cooling lubricating qualities of oily kerosene.

  2. This is almost certainly a power roll back due to a faulty FCU. This has been an issue in the Meridian community for some time, many pilots are not properly trained in the use of the MOR lever which is designed to deal with a faulty FCU.

    1. I appreciate these comments. Thank you.

  3. Don't be so sure; I lost power on my PT6A 50 ft over the end of Runway 23 at KMQI last July. I tried the MOR - nothing. As I started to lower the flaps to ditch on the Croatan Sound straight ahead, the power magically returned. Got me to about 250-300 ft and headed back to the airfield. Then the PT6 quit again. Fortunately I was able to land at the intersection of the two runways, although headed for the grass. NTSB sent the engine to P&W, given all those Caravans carrying paying pasengers overwater. No news yet.

    1. Now that is scary as hell. The PT6 in general is arguably the most trusted and proven turboprop powerplant on the planet. So it may not be the engine but the FCU feeding it - and your lack of response from the engine with the override selection is even more troubling. Almost as troubling as the lack of update from your report. Seems to me the NTSB would want that answered ASAP with all of them flying in both PAX and cargo flights in Caravans.