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Piper PA-30, N8121Y: Accident occurred July 29, 2012 Bragg City, Missouri

NTSB Identification: CEN12LA512 
 14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, July 29, 2012 in Bragg City, MO
Aircraft: PIPER PA-30, registration: N8121Y
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.

On July 29, 2012, at 1123 central daylight time (all times are converted to central daylight time), N8121Y, a Piper PA-30, twin engine airplane, sustained substantial damage when it made a forced landing to a field after a total loss of engine power to the right engine. The certified private pilot and the passenger were not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot. No flight plan was filed for the flight that originated at Tri-State Airport/Milton J. Ferguson Field (HTS), Huntington, West Virginia, about 0744, and destined for Kennett Memorial Airport (TKX), Kennett, Missouri. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the personal flight conducted under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

The pilot said that he departed West Virgina with full fuel tanks. The flight was uneventful until the airplane suddenly yawed to the right approximately 15 miles from TKX. The pilot confirmed that the right engine had stopped operating. He tried to restart the engine but it only ran for 20-30 seconds. The pilot feathered the right propeller but the airplane would not maintain altitude. Once the pilot realized he would not reach the airport, he prepared for a forced landing and tried to re-start the engine one more time, but to no avail. During the re-start, the propeller became unfeathered. The pilot landed in a field and slid for approximately 150-200 yards before coming to rest upright.

Two Federal Aviation Administration(FAA) inspectors performed an on-scene examination of the airplane. A review of photographs taken by the inspectors revealed the bottom side of the forward fuselage sustained substantial damage.

The airplane was retained for further examination.

A Comanche plane sits in the middle of a field at Bragg City after one of its engines lost power, forcing the pilot to perform an emergency landing. (Photo provided)

BRAGG CITY, Mo.- Pemiscot County law enforcement officials were called to the scene of an airplane crash on Sunday morning. 

 According to Pemiscot County Sheriff Tommy Greenwell, the crash occurred in a cotton field along County Highway 291 just west of Bragg City.

Upon arrival at the scene, sheriff’s deputies found a piper twin engine Comanche plane in a cotton field. After locating the pilot, David Clark, and his wife, officers were told that he and his wife were traveling from West Virginia to Arlington, Texas and was planning on refueling at the Kennett Airport. Clark noted that the plane began descending for landing when the right engine lost power. He quickly decided to land in a planted cotton field where the plane came to rest.

Clark and his wife received no injuries and the FAA was contacted Authorities report that at this time it is uncertain as to what caused the planes’ engine to lose power but they are working with other officials regarding the incident.

  Regis#: 8121Y        Make/Model: PA30      Description: PA-30/39 Twin Comanche, Twin Comanche CR
  Date: 07/29/2012     Time: 1620

  Event Type: Incident   Highest Injury: None     Mid Air: N    Missing: N
  Damage: Minor

  City: BRAGG CITY   State: MO   Country: US


INJURY DATA      Total Fatal:   0
                 # Crew:   1     Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:    
                 # Pass:   1     Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:    
                 # Grnd:         Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:    

  Activity: Unknown      Phase: Landing      Operation: OTHER

  FAA FSDO: ST. LOUIS, MO  (CE03)                 Entry date: 07/30/2012

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