Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Piper PA-31T, N113RC, Air-MidSouth LLC: Incident occurred August 11, 2017 in Greenwood, Mississippi -and- Incident occurred May 22, 2017 at Destin Executive Airport (KDTS), Okaloosa County, Florida -and- Incident occurred January 14, 2016 at Cleveland Municipal Airport (KRNV), Bolivar County, Mississippi

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Piper Aircraft, Inc; Vero Beach, Florida 

Aviation Incident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:  https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Air-MidSouth LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N113RC

NTSB Identification: CEN17IA319
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Incident occurred Friday, August 11, 2017 in Greenwood, MS
Aircraft: PIPER PA 31T, registration: N113RC
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 used data provided by various sources and may not have traveled in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft incident report.

On August 11, 2017, about 1330 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA 31T airplane, N113RC, experienced multiple systems anomalies while en route near Greenwood, Mississippi. The private pilot was not injured. The airplane sustained minor damage. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) flight plan had been filed for the flight. The flight had departed Greenwood-Leflore Airport (GWO), Greenwood, Mississippi, about 1130.

According to initial statements from the pilot, while en route at 6,000 feet the landing gear horn sounded and the pilot was unable to silence the horn. The pilot elected to return to GWO for a precautionary landing, at which time the autopilot engaged. The pilot spent several hours trying to disengage the autopilot including conversations with pilots on the ground and a pilot from Piper Aircraft. Eventually the pilot was able to redirect the airplane to GWO with variable thrust from the engines and he landed the airplane without further incident. The airplane has been retained for an investigation.

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Birmingham

Aircraft on takeoff, struck several birds, returned and landed without incident.

Date: 22-MAY-17
Time: 10:45:00Z
Regis#: N113RC
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA31
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Jackson

Aircraft experienced an engine failure resulting in a hard landing.

Time: 00:03:00Z
Regis#: N113RC
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA31T
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Unknown
Activity: Personal
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91
State: Mississippi

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