March 13, 2013, Brenham, Texas, Piper PA-46-500TP Malibu Meridian


At about 1030 Central time, the airplane was substantially damaged when it landed short of the runway. The pilot and two passengers were not injured. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage and wings. Visual conditions prevailed.

The pilot reported that the airplane impacted short of the runway during a simulated forced landing. He noted that he had climbed to 3500 feet, reduced engine power, and began a spiral over the airport for left traffic to Runway 34. During the final approach, the airplane started descending at a higher rate.

The pilot stated that he attempted to increase engine power, but he did not “hear or feel an indication of [engine] power increasing.” The airplane

subsequently impacted short of the runway.


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