FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Atlanta FSDO-11
AIRCRAFT CRASHED INTO TREES IN A RESIDENTIAL AREA, COLUMBUS, GEORGIA.
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: Incident
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
A flight instructor with a student pilot aboard crashed a Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee in a backyard off the 3500 block of Columbus’ Howard Avenue about 6:10 p.m. Wednesday, authorities said.
The pilot experienced mechanical problems soon after taking off from the Columbus airport, said Fire Marshal Ricky Shores.
Both pilot and passenger escaped unharmed after the planed crashed into a tree in the backyard of 3528 Howard Ave. The Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee appeared mostly intact after coming to rest on its nose.
A Federal Aviation Administration inspector on the scene Thursday morning said the plane’s two occupants had a hospital exam after the crash and were unscathed.
The pilot lost power after takeoff, he said.
After a crane lifts the aircraft from the backyard and investigators check the engine, the wings will be removed and the wreckage placed on a flatbed truck to be hauled to Air Salvage in Griffin, Ga., for further examination, the FAA agent said.
Police initially blocked Howard Avenue on Wednesday night, but soon reopened it to traffic, as the crash site is well off the road..
The Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee is a single-engine plane with low wings and tripod landing gear. It’s often used in flight instruction.
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The pilot, passenger and residents of a home are OK after a plane made an emergency landing in the 3500 block of Howard Avenue Wednesday night.
Columbus Fire Marshal Ricky Shores says that both pilot and passenger are unharmed, and identified the plane as a Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee.
Battalion Chief Watson said the Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the scene.
Officials say it appears the plane may have lost power. Preliminary reports indicate the pilot tried to turn back to the Columbus Airport but was unable to make it.
The trees absorbed a lot of the damage, and the nose of the plane is in the ground. The pilot and passenger crawled out of the cockpit and were able to walk and talk to first responders. Both were transported to the hospital to be checked out for injuries.
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COLUMBUS, Ga. – A plane has made an emergency landing into a Columbus neighborhood Wednesday night.
According to Fire Chief Ricky Shores, the plane was taking off from Columbus Airport when it experienced some type of mechanical failure and the pilot executed an emergency landing near Howard Avenue.
Shores also says both the pilot and passenger seemed to be okay and identified the plane as a Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee.