Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Piper PA-32-300 Cherokee Six, N3941X: Accident occurred October 31, 2016 in Bartow, Polk County, Florida

National Transportation Safety Board - Aviation Accident Preliminary Report: http://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office: Orlando, Florida 

NTSB Identification: ERA17LA034
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, October 31, 2016 in Bartow, FL
Aircraft: PIPER PA32, registration: N3941X
Injuries: 1 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 October 31, 2016, at 1502 eastern daylight time, a privately owned and operated Piper PA-32-300, N3941X, was substantially damaged during a forced landing in Bartow, Florida. The pilot was not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight that was operated under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The flight originated at Sanford International Airport (SFB), Orlando, Florida, and was destined for Bartow Municipal Airport (BOW), Bartow, Florida.

According to the pilot, after entering a left downwind leg for the runway 05 traffic pattern at BOW, he reduced engine power and the airplane began to vibrate and shake. The engine then lost all power, while the propeller continued to windmill. He attempted to restart the engine using the emergency checklist procedures, but was unsuccessful. He determined he would not be able to reach the runway, and maneuvered toward a nearby pasture for an emergency landing. During the landing rollout, the airplane struck a fence damaging the left wheel hydraulic brake line which caused a loss of brake pressure. When he applied the brakes, he lost directional control and the nose landing gear collapsed.

Examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed that the firewall was damaged, and the fuselage skin aft of the firewall was wrinkled. An unmeasured amount of fuel was present in all four fuel tanks, and fuel was present at the fuel injector nozzles. Oil was present in the crankcase, and cylinder compression was attained on all cylinders when the propeller was rotated by hand. While rotating the engine, a grinding/crunching noise occurred once, but was not repeatable. The magnetos made noise consistent with rotation, but were not tested for spark. The engine oil filter contained metallic particles and when tested with a magnet, the metal particles were attracted to it.

According to the FAA inspector, the engine had accrued about 2,060 total hours since overhaul, and the airplane had flown about 25 hours since the most recent annual inspection.

The engine was retained for further examination.

AIRCRAFT:   1975 Piper PA-32-300 Cherokee Six N3941X, s/n 32-7640001.   Current AFTT is 3,965 and Tach Time is 0055.4. 
The last Annual Inspection was performed 07/20/16 at AFTT 3943 and Tach Time 30. 

ENGINE: Lycoming IO-540-K1A5, s/n L-13405-48A, Total Time Since New 3,965 and approximately 2060 TSMOH

The last Annual Inspection was performed 07/20/2016 at Engine Total Time 3,943 and TSMOH 2038.

PROPELLER:  Hartzell HC-C2YR-1BF/F8475D-Y, with TTSN 3,943 and TSMOH 897 at the last Annual Inspection on 07/20/2016 at Tach 30.

EQUIPMENT:  Equipment list - condition unknown
Trimble 2000 Approach IFR GPS
Century 2000 Autopilot System with Altitude Preselect and Slaved HSI.
WX 10 Stormscope.
Electric Standby Vacuum Pump.
EDM JPI Engine Data Monitor.
PM 1000 II 6 place Intercom.
Narco MK 12D TSO Nav/Com.
Narco MK 12+ TSO Nav/Com.
Narco CP 125 TSO Audio Panel.
Narco DME 890.
King KT 76A Transponder.
FN 200 Avionics Cooling Fan.
Davtron M800 Chronometer Clock.
Sony 10CD FM/AM Cassette Stereo.
Aero Trim Aileron Trim.
External Antenna Jack for Hand Held Radio.
Miniflow Fuel Totalizer.
Kni 520 VOR/LOC Indicator with Glidescope Receiver For #2 Nav.
Knots 2U Speed Mod Kit.
Center and 3rd Seat Shoulder Harnesses.
DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT:  Emergency landing in a field after engine issues on 10/31/16.

DESCRIPTION OF DAMAGES:   See attached photos. Damage includes but may not be limited to the following: 
Prop blades bent
Engine experienced prop strike and was partially disassembled by the NTSB. Reason for original power loss unknown
Nose gear assembly broken and folded back
Engine Mount
Fuselage buckled
Damage to both wings

LOCATION OF AIRCRAFT:  In a hangar at Bartow Municipal Airport, Florida.

Read more here:  http://www.avclaims.com/N3941X.html

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