NTSB Identification: CEN16LA349
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, September 03, 2016 in Cuba, NM
Aircraft: PIPER PA 28-180, registration: N9241J
Injuries: 2 Minor.
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On September 3, 2016, about 2240 mountain daylight time, a Piper PA 28-180 airplane, N9241J, impacted ground obstacles and nosed over during a forced landing following a partial loss of engine power near Cuba, New Mexico. The pilot and his passenger sustained minor injuries. The airplane was substantially damaged during the nose over. The airplane was registered to an individual and was operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed along the route of flight and the flight did not operate on a flight plan. The flight originated from the Levelland Municipal Airport (LLN), near Levelland, Texas, and was destined for the Four Corners Regional Airport (FMN), near Farmington, New Mexico.
The flight landed at LLN to obtain fuel and subsequently departed for FMN. According to initial information given to the Federal Aviation Administration, the airplane lost partial engine power. The pilot elected to perform a night forced landing on a roadway. The airplane's wing impacted a ground obstacle and subsequently nosed over.
At 2253, the recorded weather at the Santa Fe Municipal Airport, near Santa Fe, New Mexico, was: Wind 110 degrees at 5 knots; visibility 10 statute miles; sky condition few clouds at 8,000 feet, overcast clouds at 11,000 feet; temperature 19 degrees C; dew point 14 degrees C; altimeter 30.09 inches of mercury.