July 28, Chatham, Mass. / Piper Malibu Mirage


At 17:06 eastern time, a Piper PA-46-350P ran off the end of the runway at Chatham Municipal Airport. The pilot and passenger received minor injuries. The pilot said the approach and landing on the 3,000-foot runway were normal, with the airplane touching down about 300 to 400 feet from the approach end of the runway. During the rollout, the airplane decelerated to about 10 knots, As he applied brakes to turn onto the taxiway at the end of the runway, however, the airplane did not respond. The airplane departed the runway and the right wing struck the ground, bending it aft. The pilot and an instructor who had also flown the 2000 model year airplane said the brakes did not work as well as on other PA-46s. An inspector and a mechanic could find no anomalies with the airplane.


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