Thursday, July 10, 2014

Piper PA-28R-200, N9469N: Accident occurred July 10, 2014 in Mt. Vernon, Texas

NTSB Identification: CEN14LA350
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, July 10, 2014 in Mt. Vernon, TX
Aircraft: PIPER PA 28R-200, registration: N9469N
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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

On July 10, 2014, about 0750 central daylight time, a Piper PA28R-200 airplane, N9469N, made a forced landing into a field following a loss of engine power near Mt. Vernon, Texas. The pilot, who was the sole occupant, received serious injuries. The airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to East Texas Pilots Association Flying Club Inc., and was operated by a private individual under the provision of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed. The flight originated from the Franklin County Airport (F53), Mt. Vernon, Texas, about 0740 and was destined for the Winnsboro Municipal Airport (F51), Winnsboro, Texas.

Information obtained by the responding Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revelaed that witnesses heard the engine "sputter" as the airplane was flying low to the ground. The airplane's engine experienced a loss of power and the pilot made an emergency landing into a field. During the descent, the airplane collided with trees and the left wing separated from the fuselage. The right wing remained partially attached and was twisted aft. The airplane continued into the field and came to rest upright. A postaccident examination revealed no evidence of fuel in the fuel tanks or on the ground near the airplane.

At 0755, an automated weather report for the Mount Pleasant Regional Airport (KOSA), Mount Pleasant, Texas, which was located 15 miles east of the accident site, reported: calm wind, visibility 7 miles, clear sky, temperature 73 degrees Fahrenheit (F), dew point 72 degrees F, altimeter setting 30.06 inches of mercury.

The airplane has been retained for further examination.


IRCRAFT FORCE LANDED IN A FIELD UNDER UNKNOWN CIRCUMSTANCES, 5 MILES FROM MOUNT VERNON, TX 
Flight Standards District Office: FAA Dallas FSDO-05 

EAST TEXAS PILOTS ASSOCIATION FLYING CLUB INC: http://registry.faa.gov/N9469N 

Farm workers run to aid man who crashed plane in East Texas field 

FRANKLIN COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - A 79-year-old man was airlifted to a Tyler hospital on Thursday after his single-engine plane lost power and crashed south of Mt. Vernon shortly after takeoff. 

Department of Public Safety Trooper Sylvia Jennings says Bobby Kenneth Terry, a Mt. Vernon resident, lost power in his plane around 7:50 on Thursday morning. The plane hit pine trees near Farm to Market 900 and Highway 37, going down nose-first and tearing off its wings before it crashed into an open field. Terry was the only person on board.

"You could hear it making a funny noise. Heard the motor quit. It was popping and then it quit and he turned, turned again, and ended up here," says crash witness Gene Keener.

Terry's engine had failed and he was looking for a clearing to set down in, but simply didn't have enough altitude to clear the trees. The impact sheared off one wing. The trees may have slowed Terry's descent.

Gene Keener and a fellow farm worker, seeing the plane go down, rushed to see if they could help.

"He was slumped down in the side of the plane asked him if he was alright , and he lifted his head up and said yes," Keener says.

They say Terry was bleeding badly when they got to him.

"We had paper towels, tried to stop the bleeding," says Kenner.

Within a few minutes, emergency crews arrived.

"Asking him what his name was, was anyone else with him, stuff like that to keep him awake," Keener says.

Terry was flown to East Texas Medical Center in Tyler. He is in serious condition, but his injuries are non-life-threatening. His family tells us he is in ICU with a broken leg, broken wrist, and head injuries.

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office said Terry was flying from Mt. Vernon to Winnsboro to have annual maintenance done on the plane, a 1969 Piper PA-28R fixed-wing, single-engine aircraft. The FAA is investigating the crash.


Story and Photos:  http://www.kltv.com

Mt. Vernon, Texas — At approximately 8:02 a.m., Texas DPS Trooper Damon Williams responded to plane crash call in an open field near HW-37 8 miles south of Mt. Vernon. 

The pilot, Bobby Kenneth Perry, 79, of Mt. Vernon, had left Mt. Vernon airport and was in route to Winnsboro when his aircraft, a Piper (a fixed-wing single engine plane – tail # N9469N) lost power.

The plane struck several pine trees tearing off both of the plane’s wings. Bobby Perry was able to make an emergency landing in an open field, property of Garth Perrett. No other persons were on board.

Perry was airlifted to ETMC in Tyler with serious, incapacitating injuries.

Corporal Brandon Stribling and Trooper Dwayne Smith assisted with the plane crash investigation. 


Story and Photo:  http://www.ketknbc.com

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