Friday, July 29, 2016

Piper PA-28R-200 Arrow, N94JR: Accident occurred July 28, 2016 near Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (KECP), Panama City, Bay County, Florida

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

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report  -  National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: ERA16LA276
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, July 28, 2016 in Panama City, FL
Aircraft: PIPER PA 28R-200, registration: N94JR
Injuries: 1 Minor, 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 July 28, 2016, at 1907 central daylight time, a Piper PA 28R-200, N94JR, was substantially damaged during a forced landing in Panama City, Florida. The flight instructor was not injured, and the pilot receiving instruction sustained minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the instructional flight, which was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The flight departed Enterprise Municipal Airport (EDN), Enterprise, Alabama, about 1830, and was destined for Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP), Panama City, Florida.

According to the flight instructor, the purpose of the flight was to conduct a training session for the pilot receiving instruction, who was pursuing an instrument rating. While preparing for landing at ECP, at an altitude of 3,500 feet mean sea level (msl), the pilot reduced engine power to slow the airplane during the descent. He subsequently attempted to add power and level off; however, the engine was unresponsive and then lost all power. The flight instructor took control of the airplane and performed the engine failure checklist, but was unsuccessful in his attempts to restart the engine. He contacted the air traffic control tower and advised that they were unable to glide to the airport, and performed a forced landing in a wooded area about 3 miles north of ECP.

Examination of the accident scene by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed that the airplane came to rest upright on the floor of a pine forest. The engine and forward section of the airplane was displaced upward and aft, the propeller blades were undamaged. The right wing exhibited leading edge damage, had separated from the fuselage at the root, and was displaced up and aft. The right fuel tank was breached and devoid of fuel. The left wing sustained leading edge damage remained attached, and was nearly full of fuel. The empennage remained attached and was undamaged. The landing gear was found extended.

The airplane was examined at a salvage facility by an FAA inspector. The engine crankshaft was rotated by hand at the propeller, and exhibited thumb compression on all four cylinders. Spark was detected at the spark plug leads from the left magneto on cylinder Nos. 1, 3 and 4, as the propeller was rotated by hand. Spark could not be detected using this method at the lead for cylinder No. 2, or from any leads from the right magneto. The fuel lines leading to the fuel flow gauges, the fuel servo and the fuel distribution manifold were wet with fuel when opened, but did not contain a measurable amount of fuel. The gascolator contained a small amount of fuel and was unobstructed. The fuel pump was connected to an external power source, and produced suction and pressure at the inlet and outlet, respectively.

Maintenance records revealed that the airplane's most recent annual inspection was completed on April 11 2016, at which time the engine had accrued a total of 4,008 hours, with 106 hours since overhaul. The airplane flew about 21 hours since that inspection.

The engine was retained for further examination.

AIRCRAFT:   1969 Piper PA 28R-200 Arrow N94JR, s/n: 28R-35380

ENGINE:       Lycoming IO-360-C1C, s/n: l-6659-51A

PROPELLER: Hartzell HC-C24YR-1BF, s/n: CH39732B

APPROXIMATE TOTAL HOURS (estimated TT & TSMO from logbooks)

CURRENT TACH:  5327.09; Hobbs 1727

ENGINE:  Log indicates overhaul 04/21/2010 and installed 06/15/2010 at Tach 5200 with 3901.2 ETT and 0.0 TSMOH.  Log records Annual Inspection 04/11/2016 at Tach 5306.64, TSMOH 106.64

PROP:  Log indicates prop overhaul 07/26/2006.  Log records Annual Inspection on 04/11/2016 at PTSOH 243.64

AIRFRAME:  Log records Annual Inspection 04/11/2016 at Tach 5306.64, TTAF 5306.64

OTHER EQUIPMENT:  Narco MK 12D Audio panel, KX155 NAV COMM, Northstar M1 LORAN, King ADF

DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT:  On 07/28/16, aircraft lost power on approach to Panama City Airport which resulted in pilot performing off field landing in a pine tree farm.

DESCRIPTION OF DAMAGES:  The impact resulted in major damage to the aircraft.  The right wing was broken off.  The left wing was cut off to remove from forest and has a crushed leading edge.  The prop is damaged.  The engine is bent upward at a 45 degree angle and broken from the bottom mountings.  The fuselage is twisted.  The tail surfaces have damage.

LOCATION OF AIRCRAFT: Aircraft was disassembled and transported to Florida Air Recovery, Jacksonville, FL.

REMARKS: Logbooks are with field adjuster Riner of SIAI. Prior written permission required from insurance company to perform onsite inspection of wreckage.

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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Two men escaped injury after the plane they were in crashed north of Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport Thursday afternoon.

It happened just after 6 p.m.

Investigators with the Bay County Sheriff’s Office tell us two pilots were in a Piper PA-28R-200 Arrow doing flight training after when the plane developed engine trouble.

Investigators say the lead pilot knew they weren’t going to make it to Beaches International Airport, so he looked for “the smallest trees” and decided to put the plane down there.

They wound up off Tram Road south of Highway 20 about two to three miles north of runway 16 at Beaches International Airport.

Both men escaped the crash with only minor injuries.

The plane, registered out of North Port, Florida, is a four seat single-engine fixed wing aircraft manufactured in 1969.

The flight originated in Enterprise, Alabama.

No names of anyone involved have been released. The FAA is leading the investigation into the crash.

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