Sunday, April 3, 2016

Cessna 175B Skylark, N8115T: Accident occurred April 02, 2016 in Hurley, Mississippi 

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Jackson FSDO-31

NTSB Identification: ERA16LA145
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, April 02, 2016 in Hurley, MS
Aircraft: CESSNA 175B, registration: N8115T
Injuries: 1 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. 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 2, 2016, about 1707 central daylight time, a Cessna 175B, N8115T, was substantially damaged during a forced landing to a field near Hurley, Mississippi. The commercial pilot, the sole occupant was not injured. The flight was operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and no flight plan was filed. The flight originated about 7 minutes earlier from Mobile Regional Airport (MOB), Mobile, Alabama, and was destined for Slidell Airport (ASD), Slidell, Louisiana.

The pilot noted no discrepancies during his preflight inspection or engine-run up. After takeoff, while in contact with air traffic control, the pilot climbed to between 1,200 and 1,500 feet mean sea level (msl) and after levelling off, he slowly leaned the fuel to air ratio. After moving the mixture control about 1/4 to 1/2 inch, the engine rpm "abruptly" decreased from 2,900 to 1,200. He promptly pushed the mixture control full-in, but that action did not restore engine power. He twice advanced the throttle fully forward, and the engine power briefly increased, before again falling back to idle. As the airplane descended below 1,000 feet msl, he informed air traffic control of the situation and was vectored to a nearby private airport.

With insufficient altitude available to glide to the airport, he maneuvered the airplane for a forced landing to a field. During the landing roll the nose landing contacted the upslope of a ditch, separating it from the airplane. The airplane then slid about 100 feet, coming to rest upright in a nose-low/tail-high attitude. The pilot then exited the airplane, provided his mechanic the location coordinates, and rescue services were dispatched. The pilot was taken to a nearby hospital where he released with no injuries later the same evening.

Preliminary examination of the airplane revealed adequate, uncontaminated fuel in the fuel tanks, fuel strainer, and carburetor bowl. The mixture control in the cockpit was in the full rich position but the mixture control lever at the carburetor was in the idle cut-off position.

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -  A small plane crashed in a wooded area of northeast Jackson County Saturday evening on Kendrick Rd. near Stateline Rd., sometime after 6 p.m.

According to Emergency Operations Center Deputy Director Terry Jackson, the pilot lost power and had to land in a field.

The pilot, who was the only person on board, suffered minor injuries and was transported to the hospital as a precaution. 

Jackson noted that he is very fortunate things turned out the way they did. 

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