Monday, August 8, 2016

Piper PA-25-235, N6542Z: Accident occurred August 05, 2016 near Kingsley Airfield (MO9), Miller, Lawrence County, Missouri

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

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Kansas City FSDO-63

http://registry.faa.gov/N6542Z

NTSB Identification: CEN16LA332 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, August 05, 2016 in Miller, MO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/01/2017
Aircraft: PIPER PA 25-235, registration: N6542Z
Injuries: 1 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 departed on the first test flight of the newly-restored airplane. Ten minutes after takeoff, the left aileron cable separated from the control stick. The pilot returned to the airport, but the airplane became harder to control as it slowed. The airplane's right wing contacted a corn field, and the airplane impacted terrain about 300 ft short of the runway. Postaccident examination found that the left aileron swage fitting was improperly secured, which resulted in the separation of the aileron cable. The control cable had been re-rigged during restoration.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The mechanic's improper installation of the left aileron swage fitting, which resulted in an inflight loss of control.

On August 5, 2016, about 1800 central daylight time, a Piper PA-25-235 airplane, N6542Z, impacted terrain near Kingsley Airfield (MO9), Miller, Missouri. The commercial rated pilot was not injured and the airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which operated without a flight plan.

According to a statement provided to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) by the pilot, he was test-flying N6542Z that had just been through "a complete restoration." After takeoff, about 10 minutes into the flight, the left aileron cable separated from the control stick. The pilot added that he was able to turn the airplane back towards the runway. As the airplane slowed, it become more and more difficult to control the airplane. The right wing then impacted a corn field about 300 ft from the runway.


An examination of the airplane by FAA inspectors found that the swage fitting on the aileron control cable was improperly swaged, allowing the aileron to come loose from a control turnbuckle. The aileron cable was replaced and rigged during major maintenance and the airplane completed its annual inspection on February 9, 2016. The accident flight was the first flight since that restoration/annual inspection.

NTSB Identification: CEN16LA332
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, August 05, 2016 in Miller, MO
Aircraft: PIPER PA 25-235, registration: N6542Z
Injuries: 1 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 August 5, 2016, about 1800 central daylight time, a Piper PA-25-235 airplane, N6542Z, impacted terrain near Kingsley Airfield (MO9), Miller, Missouri. The commercial rated pilot was not injured and the airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which operated without a flight plan.

According to a statement provided to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) by the pilot, he was test-flying N6542Z that had just been through "a complete restoration." After takeoff, about 10 minutes into the flight, the left aileron cable separated from the control stick. The pilot added that he was able to turn the airplane back towards the runway. As the airplane slowed, it become more and more difficult to control the airplane. The right wing then impacted a corn field about 300 ft from the runway.


An examination of the airplane by FAA inspectors found that the swage fitting on the aileron control cable was improperly swaged, allowing the aileron to come loose from a control turnbuckle. The aileron cable was replaced and rigged during major maintenance and the airplane completed its annual inspection on February 9, 2016. The accident flight was the first flight since that restoration/annual inspection.

NTSB Identification: CEN16LA332
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, August 05, 2016 in Miller, MO
Aircraft: PIPER PA 25-235, registration: N6542Z
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 August 5, 2016, about 1800 central daylight time, a Piper PA-25-235 airplane, N6542Z, impacted terrain near Kingsley Airfield (MO9), Miller, Missouri. The commercial pilot was not injured and the airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which operated without a flight plan.

According to preliminary information, the airplane lost control inflight and impacted terrain resulting in substantial damage to both wings. The left aileron cable was found disconnected from the control stick.

The airplane was retained for further examination.

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