Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Piper PA-32R-301 Saratoga SP, Saratoga Flyers LLC, N185DX: Accident occurred May 16, 2016 near Alpine-Casparis Municipal Airport (E38), Alpine, Brewster County, Texas

SARATOGA FLYERS LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N185DX

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Lubbock FSDO-13

NTSB Identification: CEN16LA186
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, May 15, 2016 in Alpine, TX
Aircraft: PIPER PA 32R, registration: N185DX
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. 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 May 15, 2016, about 1430 central daylight time, a Piper PA-32R-301 airplane, N185DX, was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain following a loss of power 1 mile east of the Alpine-Casparis Municipal Airport (E38), Alpine, Texas. The pilot and passenger were not injured. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) flight plan had been filed for the flight. The flight was originating at the time of the accident.

According to the pilot, about 700 feet above the ground the cylinder head temperature went really high. The pilot turned back towards the airport and landed short of the runway after losing power. The right wing sustained substantial damage during the impact with terrain.

AIRCRAFT:  1979 Piper PA-32R-301 Saratoga SN# 32R-80130039  N185DX   

ENGINE:  Lycoming IO-540-K1G5D SN# L-20046-48A

PROPELLER:    Hartzell HC-C3YR-1RF  

APPROXIMATE TOTAL HOURS (estimated TT & TSMO from logbooks or other information):

ENGINE:   1727.7 TT as of 4/30/2016   (Overhaul by Custom Airmotive on 1/5/2000)           

PROPELLER: 1727.7 TT as of 4/30/2016                        

AIRFRAME: 5770.2 as of 4/30/2016 (electronic tach – unable to calculate current time)                      

OTHER EQUIPMENT: KLX-135A, KNS-80, Collins AMR-350, VHF-251, VIR-351, TDR-950, Flight-Com 403 6 place intercom, Pioneer KEH-M4500 AM/FM.           

DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT: On 5/16/2016 aircraft was unable to climb and lost power after departure from Alpine, TX resulting in off airport landing in rough terrain.   

 DESCRIPTION OF DAMAGES: Propeller strike with sudden stoppage, firewall buckled, lower cowling damaged, fuselage buckled bent and twisted in several places, L & R wings have substantial damage, flaps and ailerons damaged, horizontal stabilator damaged.               

LOCATION OF AIRCRAFT:  Air Salvage of Dallas  Lancaster, Texas          

REMARKS: KNS80 & KLX-135A removed and stored inside.   

Read more here:  http://www.avclaims.com/N185DX.htm

BREWSTER COUNTY, TX (KWES) - A small plane crashed near the City of Alpine Waste Water Treatment Plant in according to Brewster County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.

The pilot, Mark Thomas, reported engine trouble upon flying out of the Alpine Municipal Airport.

Thomas tried take the plane back to the airport, but was unsuccessful.

The plane was forced to land in an open field, about two and a half miles southeast of the airport.

Thomas said he and his wife were headed back to Corpus Christi after a trip to Terlingua, both were uninjured.

Authorities say the Federal Aviation Administration was notified.

Original article can be found here: http://www.newswest9.com

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