Accident Piper PA-34-200T N47744,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 354843
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Date:Thursday 29 January 1998
Time:05:55 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA34 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piper PA-34-200T
Owner/operator:Scenic Aviation Inc
Registration: N47744
MSN: 34-7870026
Total airframe hrs:2648 hours
Engine model:Continental TS10360E
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Chinle, AZ -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Flagstaff, AZ (KFLG)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The night was dark with no moon. The pilot reported that because animals often entered into the airport boundary fence through a gate meant for people, he first overflew the airport at 500' agl to verify that the runway was clear. He reported that both the runway lights and aircraft landing lights were on. On the landing roll, the pilot made a correction to the left to avoid hitting a horse that was in front and to the right of him. As he straightened the airplane, a second horse appeared approximately 50 feet straight ahead of him. He reported that he 'didn't have time to react and we hit the horse with the left wing just left of the engine at about 70 knots.' After the impact, the airplane deflected left and headed towards the fence surrounding the airport. The pilot stated that he pressed right rudder and brake in order to avoid going through the fence and the plane entered into a left skid. The left main landing gear collapsed and the left propeller impacted the ground several times before the airplane came to a stop.

Probable Cause: the airport personnel's failure to provide an adequate perimeter barrier to prevent animals from entering the runway area. A factor in the accident was the dark night lighting conditions which hindered the pilot's ability to detect animals on the runway during the overflight and prior to touchdown.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: LAX98LA082
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 10 months
Download report: Final report




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