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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 232073
Last updated: 6 September 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-46-350P M350
Owner/operator:Mission Flight Charter Services LLC
Registration: N350XL
MSN: 4636673
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Pipe Creek, Bandera County, TX -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:San Antonio International Airport, TX (SAT/KSAT)
Destination airport:San Antonio International Airport, TX (SAT/KSAT)
On January 11, 2020, about 1720 central standard time, a Piper PA-46-350P, N350XL, was substantially
damaged in an off-airport landing. The pilot and 1 passenger were not injured.

The pilot reported that he was on a local flight and filed and Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) flight plan.

During return to KSAT, smoke started to come into the cabin from the front of the cockpit. The pilot immediately suspected an electrical fire. He disconnected the autopilot, lowered the landing gear, turned the battery master switch off, dumped cabin pressure, and turned the EMER switch on. The pilot had his passenger read out the emergency checklist for an electrical fire. After completing the checklist, the pilot radioed a "mayday." Meanwhile, the pilot searched for the nearest airport to land, which was about 13 miles from his position.

Smoke was still coming into the cabin, and the pilot's "eyes were burning," The pilot decided that he had to land the airplane without delay because of the potential fire. He decided to land the airplane in what appeared to be a flat field directly ahead. Upon landing, the airplane contacted a street sign post with the right wing [which was substantially damaged] and the airplane spun 90-degrees to the right, coming to rest with the nose against a roadway guardrail. The pilot and passenger exited the airplane and called for assistance.

Evidence of electrical fire was found in post-accident examination.

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Revision history:

12-Jan-2020 02:26 Captain Adam Added
12-Jan-2020 02:32 Captain Adam Updated [Date]
12-Jan-2020 03:20 Geno Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Phase, Source]
12-Jan-2020 03:25 Geno Updated [Source]
12-Jan-2020 04:24 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Source]
12-Jan-2020 11:21 Iceman 29 Updated [Source, Embed code]
09-Jun-2021 08:23 aaronwk Updated [Time, Total occupants, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]

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