Sunday, July 13, 2014

Piper PA-28-181 Arrow II, Wisconsin Fox River Flyers Inc, N9681K: Accident occurred July 13, 2014 near Waukesha County Airport (KUES), Wisconsin

 NTSB Identification: CEN14LA443
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, July 13, 2014 in Waukesha, WI
Probable Cause Approval Date: 01/14/2015
Aircraft: PIPER PA 28-181, registration: N9681K
Injuries: 2 Minor.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot reported that he had entered the airport traffic pattern for landing. When the airplane was abeam the approach end of the runway, he reduced power, applied carburetor heat, and confirmed that the auxiliary fuel pump was on. When the airplane was on the base leg of the traffic pattern, the pilot attempted to increase engine power, but the engine did not respond; he stated that advancing the throttle to full did not result in an increase in power. He attempted moving the engine and carburetor heat controls to no avail. While attempting the remedial action, he turned toward the runway and declared an emergency. The airplane impacted trees short of the runway. A postaccident examination of the airplane confirmed that fuel was present. The engine was rotated and compression was verified on all cylinders, and the magnetos showed spark that was confirmed at all of the spark plug leads. No mechanical reason for the loss of engine power was discovered. At the time of the accident, the temperature and dew point were 24 degrees C and 17 degrees C, respectively. According to a carburetor icing probability chart, the temperature and dew point were in a range of susceptibility for moderate icing at cruise power settings and serious icing at descent power settings. Because the pilot reported using carburetor heat during the landing approach, the reason for the loss of engine power could not be determined.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The loss of engine power for reasons that could not be determined because no anomalies were identified during postaccident examination.

On July 13, 2014, about 1300 central daylight time, a Piper PA 28-181 airplane, N9681K, impacted trees and terrain during a forced landing following a loss of engine power while on approach to land at the Waukesha County Airport, Waukesha, Wisconsin. The pilot and passenger received minor injuries. The airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to and operated by Wisconsin Fox River Flyers, Inc., under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which was not on a flight plan. The flight originated from the Watertown Municipal Airport, Watertown, Wisconsin, about 1220.

The pilot reported that he had entered the airport traffic pattern for landing. When the airplane was abeam the approach end of the runway, he reduced power, applied carburetor heat, and confirmed that the auxiliary fuel pump was on. When the airplane was on the base leg of the traffic pattern, the pilot attempted to increase engine power but the engine did not respond. He stated that even full throttle did not result in an increase in power. He attempted moving the engine and carburetor heat controls to no avail. While attempting the remedial actions he had turned toward the runway and declared an emergency. The airplane impacted trees and terrain short of the runway resulting in substantial damage to the wings and fuselage. A postaccident examination of the airplane confirmed that fuel was present. The engine was rotated and compression was verified on all cylinders. The magnetos showed spark that was confirmed at all of the spark plug leads. No mechanical reason for the loss of engine power was found. At the time of the accident the temperature and dew point were 24 degrees C and 17 degrees C respectively. According to a carburetor icing probability chart, the temperature and dew point were in a range of susceptibility for moderate icing at cruise power settings and serious icing at descent power settings.


 WISCONSIN FOX RIVER FLYERS INC:  http://registry.faa.gov/N9681K

Waukesha -- A small passenger plane crashed just outside of the Waukesha Airport on Sunday afternoon. 

Officials say the plane was having some engine trouble.

There were two passengers on the plane. Both were treated on scene for minor injuries, but were not transferred to the hospital.

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 WAUKESHA -- Police in Waukesha say the pilot and a passenger were able to walk away from a plane crash with only minor injuries.

It happened around 1 PM sunday afternoon, the plane came down in a wooded area near HWY JJ -- not far from Pewaukee Rd and Bluemound.

One witness to the scene ran over to the plane to try and help. Ron Becker works not far from the scene of the crash and was able to talk to the pilot and passenger as they escaped from the aircraft.

"I called 9-1-1 and as soon as [first responders] got there they made us get away from the plane in case something would happen," Becker said.

It's unclear at this point what caused that plane to crash, but becker says the pilot told him there was a mechanical issue.

Investigators have cleared the plane from the scene.

Records show the plane was registered to a flying club.

Two people suffered minor injuries when their plane crashed in a Waukesha field Sunday afternoon. 

The single-engine plane landed shortly before 1 p.m. near the 300 block of Bluemound Road, about one mile from the Waukesha airport, according to Waukesha police. Both people were treated for minor injuries at the scene by the Waukesha Fire Department. Their names were not released.

The 1976 Piper is registered to the Waukesha-based Fox River Flyers Club.

The FAA is investigating the cause of the crash.


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