NTSB Identification: WPR16LA060
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, January 31, 2016 in Burns, OR
Aircraft: PIPER PA46, registration: N777PG
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.
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On January 31, 2016, about 1455 Pacific standard time, a Piper PA46-310P, N777PG, performed a forced landing at Burns Municipal Airport, Burns, Oregon, following a loss of engine power during cruise. The airplane was registered to Zaser and Longston, Inc., and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91. The private pilot, who was the sole occupant, was not injured, and the airplane sustained substantial damage during the ground impact. The cross-country personal flight departed Boeing Field/King County International Airport, Seattle, Washington, about 1310, with a planned destination of Scottsdale Airport, Scottsdale, Arizona. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan had been filed.
The pilot reported that about 90 minutes after departure while cruising at 19,000 ft, the engine tone decreased, accompanied by a drop in manifold pressure from 29 to 15 inches. He elected to land immediately and initiated a descent, diverting towards Burns. The engine sputtered during the descent, and was not producing power, and the pilot reported to air traffic control that he had an engine emergency. He arrived over the airfield and began a circling descent. He moved the gear selection lever to the down position, but did not hear or feel any indication that the gear had deployed, nor did he see three green lights on the instrument panel indicating the gear was down and locked. He did not have time to perform the emergency extension procedure because the airplane was too close to the ground, and decided to land gear-up on the snow adjacent to runway 30.
Just prior to landing, about 5 ft above ground level, the left and right main landing gear deployed, but he did not see a green light indicating the nose gear deployed. The nose of the airplane dug into the snow during the ground roll, and the airplane abruptly stopped, sustaining substantial damage to the forward fuselage and both wings.