Thursday, April 14, 2016

Cessna 175A Skylark, N6792E: Accident occurred April 14, 2016 in Wartburg, Morgan County, Tennessee

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Nashville FSDO-19

NTSB Identification: ERA16LA157
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, April 14, 2016 in Wartburg, TN
Aircraft: CESSNA 175, registration: N6792E
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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 April, 14, 2016, about 1530 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 175, N6792E, was substantially damaged during a forced landing after a loss of engine power to a highway in Wartburg, Tennessee. The student pilot sustained minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the instructional flight conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, which originated at Rockwood Municipal Airport (RKW), Rockwood, Tennessee, about 1500, destined for Williamsburg-Whitley County Airport (BYL), Williamsburg, Kentucky 

The purpose of the flight was for the student pilot to complete a solo cross country flight. The student pilot stated he performed a preflight inspection and engine runup before departure. The takeoff and climb were normal, however shortly after leveling off at 3,500 feet above mean sea level, the engine began to sputter. Then while checking the fuel mixture and fuel gauges, engine RPM dropped to about 1,000. Unable to regain power to the engine, the pilot performed a forced landing on a highway. During the landing, the airplane struck and then came to rest against a tree.

According to a first responder, there was fuel leaking from the airplane when emergency personnel arrived on scene.

On scene examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the airplane had incurred substantial damage. The right wing and engine were separated from the airplane; the outboard portion of the left wing was impact damaged, and the fuselage, and empennage, displayed impact damage. 

The wreckage was retained by the NTSB for further examination.

WARTBURG (WATE) – A pilot escaped injury after a small plane crashed Thursday afternoon in Wartburg.

The Morgan County Emergency Management Agency says the crash happened just after 3:30 p.m. on Water Tank Hill Road just off Highway 27. The pilot was the only person on board and was able to get out of the plane on his own and talk to the sheriff’s department. Crews say he had only minor injuries.

Officials on the scene say the single-engine Cessna departed from Rockwood headed for Williamsburg, Kentucky. The cause of the crash is still not known. The FAA is en route to the scene.

A woman who spoke with WATE 6 On Your Side via Twitter said she had to swerve her car out of the way of the plane.

“I was driving and looked up to see it in my rearview mirror coming towards me, out of control. I swerved just before it crashed,” said Helen Campbell.

The plane’s registration number shows it is a Cessna 175A Skylark registered to Julian Ryan Murphy of Knox County.

Original article can be found here:

The pilot of a small plane walked away from a crash landing in Wartburg on Thursday afternoon.

The director of Morgan County 911 told 10News the call came in at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

A single engine plane crashed on the road in the Water Tank Hill area of Wartburg.

Only the pilot was on board, and walked away from the crash.

Wartburg Police and Fire, along with Morgan County EMS and the Sheriff's Department are all responding to the scene. A Tennessee Emergency Management Agency representative was en route as of 4 p.m.

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WARTBURG, Tenn. (WVLT)- Dispatchers confirmed that a single engine plane crashed in Wartburg at about 3:30 Thursday afternoon off Watertank Hill Road.

Officials confirm there was at least one person on the plane. Dispatchers tell Local 8 News the pilot was standing outside the plane when crews arrived. Serious injuries were not reported.

Justin Emmons was driving a concrete truck when he watched the plane land on a stretch of road near the Sav-a-lot.

He tells Local 8 News the plane flew right over him, then tried to avoid oncoming traffic while attempting to land on the road. "I seen the bottom of the plane then I saw he landed it and started praying for him"

After landing, Emmons says the pilot clipped a pole with his wing and spun around several times before coming to a stop.

Emmons tells Local 8 News he was impressed with how the pilot landed the plane and says it looked like the pilot was taking great care to avoid hitting cars.

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