Accident Piper PA-32R-301 Saratoga SP N35718,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 246740
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Date:Tuesday 12 January 2021
Time:17:58 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic P32R model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piper PA-32R-301 Saratoga SP
Registration: N35718
MSN: 32R-8013032
Year of manufacture:1979
Total airframe hrs:5293 hours
Engine model:Lycoming IO-540-K1G5D
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Sparta-Paul C Miller-Sparta Airport, MI (8D4) -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Washington Court House, OH (I23)
Destination airport:Sparta-Paul C Miller-Sparta Airport, MI (8D4)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The airplane touched down short of the runway and encountered a snowbank adjacent to the approach threshold. The landing gear collapsed, and the airplane skidded along the runway before coming to rest. The pilot reported that he 'misjudged the end of the runway' during landing after executing a GPS approach. There were no malfunctions associated with the airplane before the accident. He noted that maintaining the glideslope guidance provided by the precision approach path indicator would have prevented the accident. Additionally, canceling his instrument flight plan while on the approach 'proved distracting.' The snowbank was less than 3-ft high and would not have been an issue had the pilot maintained the proper approach glideslope. Although the airframe accumulated about 1/2 inch of ice during the descent and approach, there is no evidence that it contributed to the accident.

Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain the proper glideslope during final approach, which resulted in contact with a snowbank at the approach end of the runway.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: CEN21LA112
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 6 months
Download report: Final report


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Revision history:

14-Jan-2021 04:22 Geno Added
14-Jan-2021 04:31 RobertMB Updated [Source, Narrative]
15-Jan-2021 17:56 Captain Adam Updated [Narrative]
20-Jul-2022 08:39 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Category, Accident report]
20-Jul-2022 08:45 harro Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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