Accident Piper PA-60-602P Aerostar N3AG, Wednesday 2 January 2013
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Date:Wednesday 2 January 2013
Type:Silhouette image of generic AEST model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piper PA-60-602P Aerostar
Owner/operator:Managed Aviation Inc
Registration: N3AG
MSN: 60-8365018
Total airframe hrs:3259 hours
Engine model:Lycoming IO-540-AA1A5
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:North Las Vegas Airport - KVGT, Las Vegas, NV -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:North Las Vegas, NV (VGT)
Destination airport:North Las Vegas, NV (VGT)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot receiving instruction conducted three full-stop landings without incident. After the fourth takeoff, the flight instructor simulated a prearranged left engine failure about 600 ft above ground level (agl). The pilot followed emergency procedures, used the checklist, and prepared to land. The pilot reported that, when the airplane was about 50 to 100 ft agl on final approach, he thought that it was a little too high, so he chose to initiate a go-around. He moved the throttle levers full forward, but neither engine responded. The flight instructor pushed the airplane’s nose down, and the pilot continued the approach. On touchdown, the right main and nose landing gear collapsed. A postimpact fire ensued, which consumed most of the airplane.
Postaccident examination of the landing gear revealed that it collapsed due to bending overload consistent with a hard landing. The reason for the failure of both engines to respond to power inputs could not be determined because of the postcrash fire damage.

Probable Cause: The pilot’s failure to maintain an adequate descent rate while on final approach, which resulted in a hard landing and landing gear collapse due to overload following the failure of both engines to respond to power inputs during an attempted go-around for reasons that could not be determined due to postcrash fire damage.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: WPR13LA082
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report




Revision history:

03-Jan-2013 03:24 gerard57 Added
03-Jan-2013 10:27 Geno Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
04-Jan-2013 13:34 Alpine Flight Updated [Destination airport]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
28-Nov-2017 14:05 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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