Monday, June 06, 2022

Piper PA-32R-301, N8429X: Accident occurred June 04, 2022 at Blue Ridge Airport (KMTV), Martinsville, Henry County, Virginia

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; Richmond, Virginia

Location: Spencer, Virginia
Accident Number: ERA22LA259
Date and Time: June 4, 2022, 12:56 Local 
Registration: N8429X
Aircraft: Piper PA-32R-301 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N8429X
Model/Series: PA-32R-301
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: KMTV,941 ft msl
Observation Time: 12:55 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 25°C /12°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 7000 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 70°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Danville, VA (DAN) 
Destination: Spencer, VA

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: 36.63118,-80.018441 (est)

Aircraft landed gear up.  

Date: 04-JUN-22
Time: 16:56:00Z
Regis#: N8429X
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA32R
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

HENRY COUNTY, Virginia (WSET) — A plane crash-landed at the Blue Ridge Regional Airport in Henry County Saturday afternoon.

"It was a failure of some sort of landing gear not coming down, so, it landed down on its belly and stayed on the runway and never departed the runway into the grass and it just came to a halt," said the airport's managing director, Jason Davis.

Henry County Sheriff Lane Perry describes the incident as minor. The pilot was the only person on board and he was not hurt.

Davis adds medical crews did check out the pilot, which is standard procedure.

Davis says the plane was a Piper Saratoga and is inside the airport's hanger under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration.

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