NTSB Identification: DEN88LA058.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 35375.
Accident occurred Wednesday, January 27, 1988 in COLORADO SPRING, CO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 03/30/1989
Aircraft: PIPER PA-32-260, registration: N1246T
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.

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

THE PRIVATE PLT AND TWO PASSENGERS WERE CONDUCTING A PERSONAL NIGHT FLIGHT. DURING LANDING, THE AIRCRAFT DRIFTED LEFT AND THE LEFT MAIN GEAR STRUCK A SNOW DRIFT. THE PLT ELECTED TO GO AROUND AND ON THE SECOND APPROACH AT TOUCHDOWN, THE AIRCRAFT SKIDDED LEFT AND THE LEFT WING SETTLED ONTO THE SNOW DRIFT. THE WING SLID ALONG THE SNOW DRIFT FOR 300 FEET, BEFORE COMING TO REST. THE LEFT MAIN GEAR HAD SEPARATED FROM THE AIRCRAFT DURING THE FIRST LANDING. THE PLTS RECOMMENDATION FOR PREVENTION OF THIS ACC WAS 'GO-AROUND SOONER BEFORE TOUCHDOWN IN SNOWBANK THAT SHEARED OFF LANDING GEAR.'

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

GO-AROUND..DELAYED..PILOT IN COMMAND

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

LANDING GEAR,MAIN GEAR ATTACHMENT..OVERLOAD

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

PROPER ALIGNMENT..NOT MAINTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND


Contributing Factors

TERRAIN CONDITION..SNOWBANK


Contributing Factors

LANDING GEAR,MAIN GEAR..SEPARATION


Contributing Factors

LIGHT CONDITION..NIGHT

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