NTSB Identification: GAA16CA359
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, June 30, 2016 in Amarillo, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 08/03/2016
Aircraft: PIPER PA28, registration: N5724F
Injuries: 3 Uninjured.
NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.
After takeoff from an airport with an air density altitude near 6,400 feet, the pilot reported that he felt the airplane was not producing enough lift during the initial climb, so he considered returning to the airport to land, but saw the stall warning light illuminated and decided to land in a newly developed dirt field straight ahead. The pilot further reported that he continued to "nose over to develop airspeed" and maintained wings level throughout the descent. During the touchdown, the nose landing gear collapsed and the fuselage and right wing sustained substantial damage.
The pilot reported that there were no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's failure to attain an adequate rate of climb, which resulted in off airport landing and substantial damage to the fuselage and right wing.
Three Amarillo men escaped a plane crash uninjured Thursday afternoon after the aircraft came to rest at a construction site just south of Tradewind Municipal Airport in Amarillo.
The Texas Department of Public Safety said the pilot was Timothy Craddock and the passengers were Iain McCown and Bradford Benbell.
The plane is a Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee.
The crash occurred shortly after takeoff from the airport at 4105 Tradewind St.
The plane came to rest facing north upon a crumpled right-front landing gear and a ruined prop. The nose of the plane was embedded in the ground.
“Upon takeoff, the pilot said he noticed it wasn’t gaining enough lift, so he was trying to find a spot to make an emergency landing,” DPS Sgt. Dan Buesing said. “The pilot said he encountered a downdraft that really slammed his plane down into the field, damaging his landing gear and his prop.”
The crash remains under investigation.
Original article can be found here: http://amarillo.com
Aircraft force landed in a field near 46th and Tradewind St.
Officials say that the plane was attempting to take off but could not get enough lift.
The model of the plane is a Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee.
Three men were on board, no reported injuries.
Original article can be found here: http://www.myhighplains.com
According to Randall County Sheriff's Office, there were three people on board the small single-engine aircraft, which was a Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee. None of those people were injured in the crash.
Witnesses on scene said there appeared to be damage to one of the wings and the aircraft ended up landing in a construction site.
According to RCSO, the pilot was attempting to take off but could not gain enough altitude and set the plane down in a field. The plane slid for several hundred feet before the nose gear gave way, causing the plane to crash.
Original article can be found here: http://abc7amarillo.com