Preliminary Accident Reports

November 2001 Issue

August 08, Rock Springs, Wyo. / Piper Aerostar

At approximately 13:30 mountain time, a Piper PA-60-602P crashed while landing after aborting its flight. The pilot was not injured. The pilot had just taken off from Rock Springs and was climbing out on the downwind leg and getting his IFR clearance when he heard a loud explosion from the vicinity of the right wing. He returned and landed on runway 9. As soon as the airplane touched down, it began veering left and right and finally departed the right side of the runway, collapsing the landing gear. Half of the tire and most of the tube were found at the point of touch down. Evidence was found indicating the tire came off the rim....

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