Saturday, November 12, 2016

Piper PA-28-235, N9398W: Accident occurred November 12, 2016 in Taylor, Navajo County, Arizona

National Transportation Safety Board - Aviation Accident Preliminary Report: 

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Scottsdale FSDO-07

NTSB Identification: WPR17LA020
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, November 12, 2016 in Taylor, AZ
Aircraft: PIPER PA 28-235, registration: N9398W
Injuries: 2 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 November 12, 2016, about 1640 mountain standard time, a Piper PA 28-235, N9398W, struck a berm during a forced landing, following a loss of engine power near Taylor, Arizona. The airplane was operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91. The flight instructor and student pilot were not injured. The airplane sustained substantial damage during the accident sequence. The local instructional flight departed Taylor Airport, Taylor, Arizona, about 1600. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan had been filed.

The flight instructor reported that about 40 minutes after takeoff, and after completing a series of training maneuvers with the student, he decided to demonstrate an emergency descent. He asked the student to look for an appropriate simulated landing spot, and he pitched the nose down about 20-degrees, configuring the airplane for a 100 knot descent. They began the maneuver at an elevation of about 8,000 ft (1,700 agl), and after descending about 500 ft the instructor sensed that something was not right. He lifted off his headset, and the engine sounded quiet; he then pushed the throttle forward but the manifold pressure gauge remained static, and the engine did not respond. He "pumped" the throttle, switched the fuel selector valve from the left to right tank, and set the fuel mixture to full rich, with no change. Concerned that they did not have sufficient altitude for further troubleshooting, he began to look for an emergency landing site.

On final approach he secured the airplane, shutting off the fuel selector valve, and as they got closer to the ground he could see a berm and fence obstructing the landing area. They were unable to deviate, and the airplane landed hard, separating the nose and right main landing gear. The airplane sustained damage to the aft fuselage and right side of the stabilator during the impact.

A small plane went down in a field near Taylor.

Authorities were called to the area on Saturday afternoon after the single-engine Piper PA28 made an emergency landing.

According to an FAA spokesperson, the plane hit a berm after landing.

An instructor and student were on the plane at the time of the incident, officials said. However, neither people were injured.

Damage to the aircraft is unknown.

The FAA has launched an investigation into the emergency landing and no additional information has been released at this time.

Story and video:

TAYLOR, Ariz. (AP) - Federal authorities are investigating after a small plane had to make an emergency landing in a field near Taylor in east-central Arizona.

Authorities were called to the area Saturday afternoon after the single-engine Piper PA28 hit a berm after landing.

An instructor and student were on the plane at the time of the incident.

Authorities say neither person was injured.

Their names still weren't released by Sunday.

Damage to the aircraft isn't immediately known.

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