On September 22, 2000, at 1706 hours Pacific daylight time, a Piper PA-22-150, N2963P, collapsed the nose landing gear after contacting the left runway edge while landing at the North Las Vegas, Nevada, airport. The airplane sustained substantial damage; however, neither the certificated private pilot nor the passenger were injured. The airplane was operated as a personal flight by the pilot under 14 CFR Part 91 when the accident occurred. The flight originated from the Reno/Tahoe International Airport, Reno, Nevada, about 1406. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and no flight plan was filed. Use your browsers 'back' function to return to synopsisReturn to Query Page
According to the pilot's initial telephone statement, the airplane was landing on runway 25 when the pilot attempted to compensate for a gusting crosswind. The nose wheel contacted the edge of the asphalt runway and collapsed. Subsequent damage included the lower engine cowling, the propeller, and right wing which struck the ground.
The pilot received a flight review 19 days prior to the accident, and had 50 hours in the make and model. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the pilot accumulated 300 hours of total flight time. A private pilot certificate was issued in March 1991.
Winds at the time of the accident were reported to be from 180 degrees at 20 knots. Gusting winds were also reported as 150 degrees varying to 210 degrees at 30 knots.
A post accident inspection of the airplane revealed that the right wing spar was bent and two ribs were broken. The engine mount displayed several fractures. The propeller and spinner showed evidence of bending and the lower engine cowling was crushed.
The pilot did not provide a NTSB form 6120.1/2, Pilot/Operator Report of Aircraft Accident.