Thursday, October 13, 2022

Piper PA 46-350P, N987PS: Accident occurred October 02, 2022 at Clovis Regional Airport (KCVN), New Mexico

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.

Investigator In Charge (IIC): Gutierrez, Eric

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:
Robert A. Smith; Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lubbock, Texas

Seven S Farms

Location: Clovis, New Mexico 
Accident Number: WPR23LA002
Date and Time: October 2, 2022, 16:00 Local 
Registration: N987PS
Aircraft: Piper PA 46-350P
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On October 2, 2022, about 1600 mountain daylight time, a Piper PA-46-350P, N987PS, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Clovis, New Mexico. The pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that a crosswind blew the airplane off course while on a practice Instrument Landing System (ILS) approach to runway 4 at Clovis Regional Airport (CVN). In response, he aborted the approach, applied full engine power, retracted the landing gear and flaps; however, the airplane did not gain the expected altitude or airspeed. The pilot subsequently felt the airplane buffet and lowered the nose. The pilot maneuvered the airplane and initiated a gear up landing to an open field adjacent to runway 4. During the landing sequence, the right horizontal stabilizer impacted an airport sign, and the airplane came to rest upright. A postaccident fire ensued.

Postaccident examination of the airplane revealed that the fuselage undercarriage, right horizontal stabilizer, and the right elevator were substantially damaged. The wreckage was recovered for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper 
Registration: N987PS
Model/Series: PA 46-350P 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
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: KCVN,4216 ft msl
Observation Time: 15:56 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C /6°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 11 knots / , 180°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 8000 ft AGL
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.22 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Tucson, AZ (RYN) 
Destination: Clovis, NM

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: On-ground
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 34.42659,-103.07758 (est)

Aircraft landing, executed go-around and did not perform properly and skipped across a taxiway and ended up in the grass. 

Date: 02-OCT-22
Time: 22:15:00Z
Regis#: N987PS
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA46
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Flight Crew:  1 No Injuries
Pax: 3 No Injuries
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

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