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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 173790
Last updated: 7 February 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic P46T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-46-500TP Malibu Meridian
Owner/operator:Volando Aviation
Registration: N164ST
C/n / msn: 4697064
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Björnön island, Lake Malaren, Vasteras -   Sweden
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:VST - ESOW
Destination airport:VOD-LKVO
Investigating agency: SHK Sweden
The aircraft, a Piper PA-46-500TP Malibu Meridian, should carry out a private flight from Västeras airport to Prague. On board were a pilot and two passengers. Shortly after take-off an engine failure occurred and the pilot decided to make an emergency landing on Björnö Island, situated slightly to the right in the flight direction.
The aircraft hit the ground with the left wing first and then rolled a number of times before it came to a final stop. During the accident both wings and parts of the tail separated from the aircraft. The fuselage remained relatively
undamaged during the crash course. All three occupants escaped with minor injuries. A special study of the
sequence of events shows that the impact, with the left wing first, caused the airplane's wings to act as shock absorbers, which greatly contributed to that the occupants only received minor injuries.
During the accident - which occurred next to a secondary protection zone for water supply to the city of Västerås – a significant amount of fuel leaked out from the wreckage. The accident site was decontaminated after the accident.
Examination undertaken in the area after the accident has not showed any trace of residual contamination in the soil.
The engine failure was caused by damage to the engine's power turbine section. Most likely, the damage has been initiated in a labyrinth seal to the power turbine. The cause of the initial damage of the seal has not been established.
The technical failure can not be assessed to be in a risk category where the risk of repeated failures of the same type is high.


Safety recommendations:

Safety recommendation RL 2016:02 R1 issued by SHK to Swedish Transport Agency
Safety recommendation RL 2016:02 R2 issued by SHK to Swedish Transport Agency
Safety recommendation RL 2016:02 R3 issued by SHK to Swedish Transport Agency

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: SHK Sweden
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


Photo: SHK

Revision history:

13-Feb-2015 15:28 gerard57 Added
13-Feb-2015 16:04 Masen63 Updated [Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
13-Feb-2015 16:23 Vaclav Kudela Updated [Registration, Cn]
13-Feb-2015 16:55 Geno Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
14-Feb-2015 21:27 harro Updated [Aircraft type]
11-Mar-2015 01:08 Geno Updated [Time, Operator, Source, Damage]
07-Jan-2016 12:26 Anon. Updated [Damage]
19-May-2018 18:07 wjlong Updated [Source]
19-May-2018 18:12 harro Updated [Time, Operator, Narrative, Photo, ]

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