FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Jackson FSDO-31
NTSB Identification: ERA16LA078
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, December 24, 2015 in Corinth, MS
Aircraft: PIPER AIRCRAFT INC PA-46, registration: N891CR
Injuries: 3 Serious, 1 Minor.
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 December 24, 2015, at approximately 0840 central standard time, a Piper PA-46-500TP; N891CR, was substantially damaged when it impacted a tree and terrain during a return to the airport, after takeoff from Roscoe Turner Airport (CRX), Corinth, Mississippi, The certificated private pilot received minor injuries. The three passengers received serious injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight, destined for Ocean Reef Club Airport (07FA), Key Largo, Florida.
According to the pilot, prior to takeoff, the preflight inspection and engine run-up were normal. After takeoff from runway 18, the right cowling door opened partially, and started "flopping" up and down 3 to 4 inches in each direction. He then turned to the left, to return to the airport, and the door "came completely open." He could not, keep the airplane flying even with "full power" though he "put the nose back down." The airplane then struck a tree, impacted the front lawn of a residence, "spun around," and caught on fire.
The airplane came to rest on a 132 degree magnetic heading from the departure end of runway 18, approximately 1,792 feet from the end of the runway, on the front lawn of a residence. Examination of photographs provided by Alcorn County Emergency Services revealed that the "cowling door" that "came completely open" was the cowl door for the battery compartment, located on the right side of the nose of the airplane, just forward of the wing leading edge.
According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and pilot records, the pilot held a private pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single-engine land, airplane multi-engine land, and instrument airplane. His most recent application for a FAA third-class medical certificate was dated June 17, 2015. The pilot reported that he had accrued approximately 470 total hours of flight experience.
According to FAA records, the airplane was manufactured in 2007.
The airplane was retained by the NTSB for examination.
The daughter-in-law of a Booneville physician has died almost eight months after suffering severe head injuries in a Christmas Eve plane crash near the Corinth-Alcorn County Airport.
Lauren Chase died Sunday in Texas where she had been moved to a hospice facility the previous week, according to posts by the administrator of a web page set up to provide updates on her progress and raise funds to offset her medical costs.
Lauren Chase, who was married to Dave Chase, son of the plane’s pilot Dr. David G. Chase Sr. of Booneville, was seriously injured in the crash of the single-engine turboprop plane last Christmas Eve morning as it attempted to return to the Corinth-Alcorn Airport shortly after takeoff.
A preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board focuses on a battery compartment panel that apparently opened after takeoff. The pilot, Lauren Chase’s father-in-law Dr. David G. Chase Sr. of Booneville, told investigators the door opened partially after takeoff and started flopping up and down by a few inches in each direction. The pilot turned the aircraft to the left to return to the airport, and the door opened completely.
“He could not keep the airplane flying even with ‘full power’ though he ‘put the nose back down,’” states the report. “The airplane then struck a tree, impacted the front lawn of a residence, ‘spun around,’ and caught on fire.”
Two other passengers in the plane received less serious injuries and Dr. Chase had minor injuries, according to the NTSB report.
Funeral arrangements for Lauren Chase were incomplete Monday with Pegues Funeral Home in Tupelo.