August 22, 2011, Alpine, Texas, Piper Aerostar 601P


The airplane was substantially damaged during a hard landing at about 1705 Central time. The private pilot and two passengers were not injured. Visual conditions prevailed.

Shortly after takeoff, the pilot experienced a “severe” vibration and elected to return to the departure airport. While on short final, the airplane impacted the airport’s perimeter fence, followed by a hard landing on the runway. An FAA inspector found no pre-impact anomalies with the airplane’s flight controls and no loose or missing inspection panels. The airplane came to rest in an upright position with both main landing gear extending through the upper wing skins.


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