Thursday, June 23, 2016

Piper PA-28R-200 Arrow, N9336N: Accident occurred June 19, 2016 near Bowie Municipal Airport (0F2), Montague County, Texas

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

NTSB Identification: CEN16LA227
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, June 19, 2016 in Bowie, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/01/2017
Aircraft: PIPER PA 28R-200, registration: N9336N
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.

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 commercial pilot reported that he had just completed a cross-country flight and had been cleared for the approach when, during the descent, the engine did not respond when he pulled back on the throttle. When the pilot enriched the fuel/air mixture, the manifold pressure decreased, and the engine lost power. The pilot conducted a forced landing to a field, during which the airplane’s wing sustained substantial damaged.

The examination of the engine revealed that the throttle control arm, which was original hardware to the airplane, was separated from the joint assembly. Additionally, the female end of the throttle arm exhibited elongation at the linkage attachment point and was consistent with wear developing over time. An examination of the airplane, engine, and remaining systems revealed no other anomalies that would have precluded normal operation.

The airplane manufacturer had issued a nonmandatory service letter (SL) recommending that the throttle arm and joint assembly be replaced with a new refinement kit if any indication of wear existed; a review of the engine logbooks found no record of compliance with the SL. Although the pilot reported that the airplane’s last inspection was an annual inspection, he did not provide the date of the inspection, and it was not noted in the logbook. Given the condition of the throttle linkage attachment, it is likely that the inspection of the throttle linkage attachment was either not performed or was inadequate. Investigators were unable to determine what the exact state of the throttle arm was at the last inspection.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The inadequate maintenance and inspection of the throttle control arm, which resulted in its in-flight separation and the subsequent loss of engine power.

On June 19, 2016, about 2045 central daylight time, a Piper PA 28R-200 airplane, N9336N, was substantially damaged during a forced landing to a field near Bowie, Texas. The commercial pilot and two passengers were not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 on an instrument flight rules flight plan. Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the personal flight. The flight departed Epply Airfield (OMA), Omaha, Nebraska, about 1615 and was en route to Bowie Municipal Airport (0F2), Bowie, Texas.

According to the written statement submitted to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) by the pilot, he had been cleared for the RNAV 17 approach to 0F2 with a descent to 4,000 feet mean sea level (msl). The pilot reported that he "pulled back the throttle with no response from the engine." He reported the situation to air traffic control but stated that it was manageable and did not declare an emergency.

About four miles from the airport the pilot enrichened the engine's fuel/air mixture at which time the manifold pressure decreased and the engine lost power. A line of trees and a small lake were in front of the flight path so the pilot elected to perform a forced landing towards a road and open field. 

According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector who responded to the accident, the airplane's right wing sustained substantial damage during the forced landing. And examination of the engine found that the throttle control arm was separated from the joint assembly. Further examination revealed that the throttle control arm was original hardware to the airplane (part number 31747-00). The female end of the throttle arm exhibited elongation at the attachment point. An examination of the airframe, engine, and remaining systems revealed no other anomalies that would have precluded normal operation.

Piper Aircraft Corporation service Letter No. 747, titled 'Inspection of Throttle and Mixture Control Attachments', dated May 28, 1975, recommends that the throttle arm and joint assembly be replaced with a new refinement kit if any indication of wear existed. The Service Letter noted "careful inspection of throttle and mixture control attachments is normal maintenance and is a requirement of both standard Piper Period Inspections and the Piper Program Inspection Procedures."

According to the FAA inspector, he examined the logbooks and found no record of compliance with this service letter. According to the accident report form submitted by the pilot, the last inspection performed was an annual type; however, no date for that inspection was provided. Investigators were unable to determine why the service letter was not complied with or what the exact state of the throttle arm was at the last inspection.

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration; Irving, Texas 

Aviation Accident Factual Report -  National Transportation Safety Board:  https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Docket And Docket Items - National Transportation Safety Board:   https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

http://registry.faa.gov/N9336N

NTSB Identification: CEN16LA227
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, June 19, 2016 in Bowie, TX
Aircraft: PIPER PA 28R-200, registration: N9336N
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.

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 June 19, 2016, about 2045 central daylight time, a Piper PA 28R-200 airplane, N9336N, was substantially damaged during a forced landing to a field near Bowie, Texas. The commercial pilot and two passengers were not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 on an instrument flight rules flight plan. Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the personal flight. The flight departed Epply Airfield (OMA), Omaha, Nebraska, about 1615 and was en route to Bowie Municipal Airport (0F2), Bowie, Texas.

According to the written statement submitted to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) by the pilot, he had been cleared for the RNAV 17 approach to 0F2 with a descent to 4,000 feet mean sea level (msl). The pilot reported that he "pulled back the throttle with no response from the engine." He reported the situation to air traffic control but stated that it was manageable and did not declare an emergency.

About four miles from the airport the pilot enrichened the engine's fuel/air mixture at which time the manifold pressure decreased and the engine lost power. A line of trees and a small lake were in front of the flight path so the pilot elected to perform a forced landing towards a road and open field. 

According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector who responded to the accident, the airplane's right wing sustained substantial damage during the forced landing. And examination of the engine found that the throttle control arm was separated from the joint assembly. Further examination revealed that the throttle control arm was original hardware to the airplane (part number 31747-00). The female end of the throttle arm exhibited elongation at the attachment point. An examination of the airframe, engine, and remaining systems revealed no other anomalies that would have precluded normal operation.

Piper Aircraft Corporation service Letter No. 747, titled 'Inspection of Throttle and Mixture Control Attachments', dated May 28, 1975, recommends that the throttle arm and joint assembly be replaced with a new refinement kit if any indication of wear existed. The Service Letter noted "careful inspection of throttle and mixture control attachments is normal maintenance and is a requirement of both standard Piper Period Inspections and the Piper Program Inspection Procedures."

According to the FAA inspector, he examined the logbooks and found no record of compliance with this service letter. According to the accident report form submitted by the pilot, the last inspection performed was an annual type; however, no date for that inspection was provided. Investigators were unable to determine why the service letter was not complied with or what the exact state of the throttle arm was at the last inspection.

NTSB Identification: CEN16LA227
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, June 19, 2016 in Bowie, TX
Aircraft: PIPER PA 28R, registration: N9336N
Injuries: 3 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 June 19, 2016, about 2100 central daylight time, a Piper PA 28R airplane, N9336N, was substantially damaged during a forced landing to a field near Bowie, Texas. The pilot and two passengers were not injured. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan had been filed. The flight departed Epply Airfield (OMA), Omaha, Nebraska, and was en route to Bowie Municipal Airport (0F2), Bowie, Texas.

According to the pilot, the engine lost power during the last few minutes of the flight and he reported that the throttle seemed "stuck." During a forced landing to a field the right wing was damaged.
The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration; Irving, Texas 

Aviation Accident Factual Report -  National Transportation Safety Board:  https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Docket And Docket Items - National Transportation Safety Board:   https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

http://registry.faa.gov/N9336N

NTSB Identification: CEN16LA227
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, June 19, 2016 in Bowie, TX
Aircraft: PIPER PA 28R-200, registration: N9336N
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.

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 June 19, 2016, about 2045 central daylight time, a Piper PA 28R-200 airplane, N9336N, was substantially damaged during a forced landing to a field near Bowie, Texas. The commercial pilot and two passengers were not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 on an instrument flight rules flight plan. Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the personal flight. The flight departed Epply Airfield (OMA), Omaha, Nebraska, about 1615 and was en route to Bowie Municipal Airport (0F2), Bowie, Texas.

According to the written statement submitted to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) by the pilot, he had been cleared for the RNAV 17 approach to 0F2 with a descent to 4,000 feet mean sea level (msl). The pilot reported that he "pulled back the throttle with no response from the engine." He reported the situation to air traffic control but stated that it was manageable and did not declare an emergency.

About four miles from the airport the pilot enrichened the engine's fuel/air mixture at which time the manifold pressure decreased and the engine lost power. A line of trees and a small lake were in front of the flight path so the pilot elected to perform a forced landing towards a road and open field. 

According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector who responded to the accident, the airplane's right wing sustained substantial damage during the forced landing. And examination of the engine found that the throttle control arm was separated from the joint assembly. Further examination revealed that the throttle control arm was original hardware to the airplane (part number 31747-00). The female end of the throttle arm exhibited elongation at the attachment point. An examination of the airframe, engine, and remaining systems revealed no other anomalies that would have precluded normal operation.

Piper Aircraft Corporation service Letter No. 747, titled 'Inspection of Throttle and Mixture Control Attachments', dated May 28, 1975, recommends that the throttle arm and joint assembly be replaced with a new refinement kit if any indication of wear existed. The Service Letter noted "careful inspection of throttle and mixture control attachments is normal maintenance and is a requirement of both standard Piper Period Inspections and the Piper Program Inspection Procedures."


According to the FAA inspector, he examined the logbooks and found no record of compliance with this service letter. According to the accident report form submitted by the pilot, the last inspection performed was an annual type; however, no date for that inspection was provided. Investigators were unable to determine why the service letter was not complied with or what the exact state of the throttle arm was at the last inspection.

NTSB Identification: CEN16LA227
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, June 19, 2016 in Bowie, TX
Aircraft: PIPER PA 28R, registration: N9336N
Injuries: 3 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 June 19, 2016, about 2100 central daylight time, a Piper PA 28R airplane, N9336N, was substantially damaged during a forced landing to a field near Bowie, Texas. The pilot and two passengers were not injured. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan had been filed. The flight departed Epply Airfield (OMA), Omaha, Nebraska, and was en route to Bowie Municipal Airport (0F2), Bowie, Texas.

According to the pilot, the engine lost power during the last few minutes of the flight and he reported that the throttle seemed "stuck." During a forced landing to a field the right wing was damaged.

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BOWIE, TX (KAUZ) -    

A Nocona family flying home from Omaha; Nebraska made an emergency landing just miles from the Bowie airport on Sunday.

The pilot said the plane, a 1969 Piper, single engine registered out of Oklahoma, suffered a throttle failure during its approach and was unable to land at the airport.

The pilot then located a safe landing area three miles away and from the airport and safely landed the aircraft.

No one was injured during the incident.  

Original article can be found here: http://www.newschannel6now.com

A Nocona family had some scary moments Sunday when the airplane they were flying in had a throttle failure.

The Department of Public Safety said members of the family were flying home from Omaha, Nebraska in a private plane when the failure occurred.

The pilot, a flight instructor, said the failure occurred during his approach to the Bowie Municipal Airport and he had to find a substitute place to land.

He managed to land the plane safely in a field about three miles from the airport.

Nobody was hurt and the plane had only minor damage to its landing gear.

The DPS did not identify the family.

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

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