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N535JR accident description

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Crash location 39.223056°N, 106.868889°W
Reported location is a long distance from the NTSB's reported nearest city. This often means that the location has a typo, or is incorrect.
Nearest city Aspen, CO
39.191098°N, 106.817539°W
3.5 miles away

Tail number N535JR
Accident date 04 Feb 2009
Aircraft type New Piper Aircraft Inc PA-46-500T
Additional details: None

NTSB description

On February 4, 2009, about 1230 mountain standard time, a Piper PA-46-500TP airplane, N535JR, departed the runway during landing at the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport, Aspen, Colorado. The airplane received substantial damage. The pilot and passenger were uninjured. The flight was being operated as a personal flight under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91, and an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan was filed. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident.

The pilot stated that he made a smooth landing on the main wheels and as soon as the nose wheel touched down the airplane began veering left and right uncontrollably. The airplane exited the right side of the runway about 2,000 feet from the approach end and impacted a snow bank. The pilot also stated that the airplane had exhibited similar directional control problems several times since he bought the airplane new in October, 2006. The last occurrence happened on January 4, 2009.

Examination of the airplane revealed approximately 18 inches of the left outboard wing tip was bent upward.

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