NTSB Identification: ERA16LA121
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, March 01, 2016 in Brunswick, GA
Aircraft: PIPER PA 46 350P, registration: N1982F
Injuries: 3 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 March 1, 2016, at 1515 eastern standard time, a Piper PA-46-350P, N1982F, was substantially damaged after a nose gear collapse during landing rollout at McKinnon St. Simons Island Airport (SSI), Brunswick, Georgia. The private pilot and two passengers were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed for the personal flight operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The flight departed from Florida Keys Marathon Airport (MTH), Marathon, Florida, about 1330.
The pilot stated that during landing on runway 16 at SSI, as the airplane touched down on the main landing gear, the landing appeared to be normal. Then, as the nose gear touched down, he heard a "pop" and then started "losing control of the nose". As the nose continued to drop, he applied aft pressure on the control wheel and attempted to maintain directional control until the airplane came to a stop. He then instructed the passengers to evacuate, performed the emergency procedures for shutdown, and then egressed.
Examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed that it had incurred substantial damage during the landing. The area of the nose landing gear bay exhibited crush damage, the firewall was deformed, the wing leading edges were dented, and the fuselage displayed areas of compression buckling of the top and sides just forward of the windscreen. One propeller blade had separated near the root, and the other two blades exhibited significant damage at the tips, as well as scraping along the leading edges.
Examination of runway 16 revealed scrape marks consistent with propeller strikes along the centerline, about 800 feet from the threshold. There were 15 scrapes in a row, each about 12 inches long, oriented transverse (at right angles) to the runway. The row was about 15 feet long. About 2,000 feet down the runway and 20 feet to the right of the centerline, similar propeller scrapes were observed followed by some longitudinal scars about 20 feet long, consistent with the color of the cowling in the nose gear area. No marks were observed for the next 150 feet, where the longitudinal scrapes resumed at the runway's right edge and continued another 250 feet to where the airplane came to rest on the paved area along the right side of the runway.
According to FAA and maintenance records, the airplane was manufactured in 2012. The airplane's most recent annual inspection was completed on October 14, 2015. At the time of the inspection, the airplane had accumulated 569 total hours of flight time.
The airplane was retained by the NTSB for further examination.
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Atlanta FSDO-11
ST. SIMONS ISLAND --- A single engine airplane had a hard landing Tuesday when its nose gear collapsed upon landing at McKinnon St. Simons Island Airport, the Glynn County Airport Commission said.
No one aboard the plane was injured and the FAA had been notified, said Josh Cothren, operations manager at the airport.
“He had an issue with his nose gear on a routine landing,’’ Cothren said.
Cothren said he had not spoken with the pilot and that emergency responders immediately went to the plane as a precaution.
The plane was sitting nose down on one of two runways and the Airport Commission was working to get it cleared, Cothren said.