A single-engine 2002 Piper Malibu Mirage crashed upon landing at Greene County Airport near Xenia, Ohio, on October 9, 2013. The Mirage had one passenger in addition to the pilot. Neither sustained any injuries and both walked away from the crash.
The pilot reported that the plane’s landing gear collapsed upon touchdown after returning from Alabama, where the unidentified pilot and his passenger had flown earlier in the day to attend a business meeting. This caused the plane to skid sideways off of the runway and then crash nose-first into a grassy area.
The Piper PA-46 Malibu was introduced in the 1970s as one of the first single-engine piston aircraft to sport a pressurized cabin on the private market, and remains a popular small aircraft today. It seats up to five passengers and has a good safety record.
The Federal Aviation Administration has the crashed Malibu in a hangar for study and investigation, but has not yet released any information regarding the cause of the crash. There is no indication, however, that anything aside from equipment failure could be blamed.