Sunday, May 28, 2017

Piper PA-28-140, N5584U: Accident occurred May 27, 2017 near Ray Community Airport (57D), Ray Township, Macomb County, Michigan

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

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: CEN17LA341
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, May 27, 2017 in Ray, MI
Aircraft: PIPER PA 28-140, registration: N5584U
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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 May 27, 2017, about 1135 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-28-140, N5584U, impacted trees, terrain, and a tractor near Ray Township, Michigan. The private pilot on board sustained serious injuries and the airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was owned and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. No flight plan was filed and visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. 

The pilot was landing at the airport following a 20 minute local flight. Witnesses reported that he made several landing attempts, but each time was too fast or too high to land. On the last attempt, the pilot touched down fast about midway down the 2,495' runway. The airplane skipped and floated impacting the runway nose gear first about 1/4 the distance from the end. The airplane bounced and departed the runway going off the end of the prepared surface. The airplane continued across a gravel road, through a field, and then struck several small trees and a farm tractor before coming to a stop. The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings, the engine and propeller, the engine cowling, and forward fuselage. The nose landing gear was broken aft and the left main landing gear was bent inboard. Flight control continuity was confirmed. An examination of the airplane's engine, and other systems revealed no pre-impact anomalies that contributed to the accident.

RAY TOWNSHIP, Mich. - A plane at Ray Community Airport had a hard landing that sent its pilot to the hospital Saturday, according to the Macomb County Sheriff’s Department.

The plane went off the runway during landing around 11:35 a.m. and hit trees and farm equipment.

The pilot, a man in his early 70s from Sterling Heights, was the only person in the single engine plane, authorities said.

His injuries are believed to be non-life threatening, authorities said.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating. 

Story and video:

Macomb County Sheriff’s Office deputy / evidence technician Joseph Bosek sets up a Faro 3D Laser Scanner to take measurements and pictures of the crash scene with three of the plane's skid marks in the grass. 

Ray Township — The pilot of a Piper PA-28-140 crashed near Ray Community Airport.

John Roberts, captain of Macomb County Sheriff’s Office, said the pilot was alone in the aircraft and was transported by ambulance to a hospital, but he did not know which one. He also did not have an identity for the pilot.

“He is an experienced pilot in his early 70s out of Sterling Heights,” said Roberts. “His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.” He added, “He’s fortunate.”

Roberts said no one else was injured on the road or adjoining property.

He said a 911 call came in at around 11:35 a.m. that a small plane had crashed on Indian Trial in Ray Township.

“We determined it was a hard landing with a single occupant pilot who was attempting to land,” said Roberts. “He ran off the end of the runway, across the road, through a field and struck some small trees and farm implements.”

He said the Ray Township fire department and an ambulance responded.

“He was removed from the plane and transported to a hospital by Medstar EMS,” said Roberts.

He described the area where the crash happened as rural, within 40 yards of a house when he was going through the field.

“I’m just happy he’s doing as well as he is, having gone through that,” said Roberts.

He added that his department is in contact with the FAA.

“We will be working with them and the investigation will continue,” he said.

Original article can be found here:

According to Macomb County Sheriff’s Office Captain John Roberts, the plane made a hard landing, jumped over two ditches and came to rest approximately 75 yards east of Indian Trail. 

RAY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WXYZ) - The Macomb County Sheriff's Office says a small plane crashed in Ray Township late Saturday morning.

According to the sheriff's office, a man in his 70s was attempting to land at Ray Community Airport near 27 Mile and Indian Trail when he suffered a hard landing. He was the only person on board.

The plane crossed Indian Trail and went into a field before crashing into some trees.

Deputies tell us the man was treated at the scene and taken to the hospital. His injuries are not life threatening.

The Federal Aviation Administration has been notified and will be conducting an investigation.

Original article can be found here:

AIRCRAFT:   1969 Piper PA-28-140, N5584U, serial number 28-26314

ENGINE - M&M, S/N:  Lycoming IO-360-D3G, serial number L-26836-27A

PROPELLER – M&M, S/N: Sensenich M74DM K4179

APPROXIMATE TOTAL HOURS (estimated TT & TSMO from logbooks or other information):

ENGINE: As of last annual inspection 7/4/2016, Tach Time 3510.31,

PROPELLER: As of last annual inspection 7/4/2016, Tach Time 3510.31       

AIRFRAME:  As of last annual inspection 7/4/2016, Tach Time 3510.31                  

OTHER EQUIPMENT:     TKM  MX11 Comm., Narco AT150 Transponder, Collins VIR-351 Nav, Collins VIR-251 Comm. , Collins Audio Panel, David Clark 4 Place Intercom, CO Monitor, Unknown ELT

DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT:  Pilot attempted to abort the landing and attempted a go around, but the aircraft hit small trees off end of runway.


Nose Bowl, Upper and  Lower Cowling destroyed.
Other than Prop strike, Engine appears intact.
Engine mount is broken and Nose gear is missing.
Firewall and left side of Fuselage is buckled .
Left wing is destroyed. Left MLG appears OK.
Left Wing  rear attach is torn from Fuselage.
Right Wing is destroyed Right MLG torn from mount.
Instrument panel is dented as is Control Yokes, Instruments appear OK.
Interior in good shape, Blood on Co-Pilot carpet and seat.
Flaps and Ailerons appear OK.
Fuselage appears OK from Wing trailing edge back.
Tail Surfaces look OK.         

LOCATION OF AIRCRAFT:  Private Hangar located in Ray, Michigan          

REMARKS: Current Tach Time: 3520.42 hours. Please contact adjuster to inspect wreckage. Logbooks located in adjuster office.
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