Thursday, December 31, 2015

Pacific Aerospace 750XL, N216PK, Paraclete Aviation LLC: Accident occurred December 03, 2015 in Raeford, Hoke County, North Carolina

Paraclete Aviation LLC:

NTSB Identification: ERA16LA059
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, December 03, 2015 in Raeford, NC
Aircraft: PACIFIC AEROSPACE CORP LTD 750XL, registration: N216PK
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

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. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On December 3, 2015, about 1120 eastern standard time, a Pacific Aerospace 750XL, N216PK, registered to and operated by Paraclete Aviation LLC., was substantially damaged during a precautionary landing at P K Airpark (5W4), Raeford, North Carolina. The commercial pilot was not injured. The commercial skydiving flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local flight, which departed 5W4 about 1100.

The pilot reported that the airplane was at 13,000 feet mean sea level (msl) as he was preparing to release the skydivers. He then noticed that the torque gauge was in the red arc, and indicating a torque of 70 psi when it should have been indicating about 25 psi, and the maximum allowed torque indication was 64.5 psi. The pilot notified the skydivers of the anomaly and told them to jump, which they did uneventfully. As the pilot was approaching 5W4 for a normal landing, the torque gauge was indicating 80 psi while the engine was at idle, at which time he decided to perform a precautionary engine shutdown at 9,000 feet msl to prevent catastrophic engine failure. The pilot further stated that during the landing with no engine power, the airplane was fast and touched down about halfway down the 3,402-foot-long asphalt runway. The pilot applied heavy braking, but the airplane traveled about 1,000 feet beyond the departure end of the runway, before coming to rest upright in a field with a collapsed left main landing gear.

Pope Army Airfield (POB), Fayetteville, North Carolina, was located about 12 miles northeast of the accident site. The recorded weather at POB, at 1118, included wind from 360 degrees at 10 knots, clear sky, and visibility 10 miles.

Examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed substantial damage to both wings. The airplane was equipped with a Pratt and Whitney PT6A-34 turboprop engine, which was retained for further examination.

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