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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 23598
Last updated: 12 October 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-46-350P Malibu Mirage
Owner/operator:JetBill (London) Ltd
Registration: N429CA
C/n / msn: 46-36092
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Limoges–Bellegarde Airport, 6 km WNW of Limoges, Limousin region -   France
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:
Destination airport:Limoges–Bellegarde Airport (LIG/LFBL)
Investigating agency: BEA
The aircraft's nose undercarriage failed and collapsed during landing at Limoges. The subsequent investigation discovered that the undercarriage failed due to the failure of part of the engine mount. The aircraft had been re-engined in May 2000 by Rocket Engineering Jet Pro DLX, who had replaced the original Lycoming piston engine with a PT6A-34 turbine engine, under an STC. This involved installing a new engine mounting structure and it would seem that it was part of this new structure which had developed a crack sometime before and eventually failed during the landing at Limoges.

Cracks in the engine mount following a hard landing, a tight turn or other stress had been discovered previously on other aircraft modified under this STC and, on July 11th, 2000, JetPro issued an Information Letter advising of this problem and calling for a visual inspection of the engine mount before next flight and then every 25 hours thereafter.

JetProp also developed a reinforced engine mount, however, this modification had not been incorporated on this aircraft. The aircraft had flown about 190 hours since conversion. Following the issue of the Information Letter, a
visual inspect had been carried out but had not found anything. A second inspection was carried out 25 flight hours later, on November 3rd, but again found nothing amiss.

The pilot flying the aircraft advised that he carried out his own inspection prior to each flight


3. FAA:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: BEA
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
20-Oct-2010 06:41 Anon. Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Damage, Narrative]
21-May-2016 19:00 Dr.John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Location, Nature, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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