Thursday, November 24, 2016

Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee, N41565 LLC, N41565: Accident occurred November 23, 2016 near Columbus Airport (KCSG), Muscogee County, Georgia

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

N41565 LLC: 

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Atlanta FSDO-11

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report- National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: ERA17LA057
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, November 23, 2016 in Columbus, GA
Aircraft: PIPER PA28, registration: N41565
Injuries: 2 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 November 23, 2016, at 1803 eastern standard time, a Piper PA-28-140, N41565, was substantially damaged during a forced landing after takeoff from Columbus Airport, Columbus, Georgia. The flight instructor and a private pilot receiving instruction were not injured. The airplane was registered to a corporation and was operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as an instructional flight. Night, visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time, and no flight plan was filed. The local flight was originating at the time of the accident.

The flight instructor reported that ground operations were normal and 18 gallons of fuel were observed in each wing tank. The engine started normally and the magneto checks were within limits. During the initial climb after takeoff, about 1 mile past the departure end of runway 24, the engine vibrated and lost power. The flight instructor assumed the controls and the fuel selector position, fuel pump, and carburetor heat were all checked. The engine did not regain power and the airplane continued straight ahead until it settled into the trees. The airplane fell for about 4-5 seconds and then came to an abrupt stop. After securing the engine and fuel system, the pilots exited the airplane and were met by first responders.

An inspector with the Federal Aviation Administration responded to the accident site and examined the wreckage. Structural damage to the wings and fuselage was confirmed. A cursory examination of the engine and fuel system did not reveal evidence of a mechanical malfunction. The fuel tanks were breached during the impact sequence.

The wreckage was retained for further examination.

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.


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