Saturday, June 10, 2017

Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee, N4543R: Accident occurred June 08, 2017 at Mooney Field Airport (22IN), Auburn, DeKalb County, Indiana

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Grand Rapids, Indiana

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket -  National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA336
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, June 08, 2017 in Auburn, IN
Aircraft: PIPER PA 28, registration: N4543R
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot in the airplane reported that he attempted to take off from his turf airstrip. He attempted to force the airplane into the air and after a brief ascent the airplane descended to the ground and touched down hard. The pilot continued to the previous sequence until he determined that he would not be able to clear the trees at the end of the runway. He made a left turn, and the airplane traveled through a bean field, a hay field, and hit a ditch and collided with a barn. The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings. Per the National Transportation Safety Board Pilot Aircraft Accident Report, the pilot reported that the accident could have been prevented, if he had aborted the takeoff after the first bounce the accident never would have happened.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

A pilot was only slightly injured Thursday afternoon when he failed to get his single-engine aircraft off the ground at a grass airstrip in DeKalb County. 

DeKalb County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched on Friday to a site on County Road 37 east of Auburn, where they had been told a plane had crashed into a house. In fact, it had rolled, not fallen, into the patio of a pole barn. 

The pilot of the 1965 Piper Cherokee 140 plane – Michael Mooney, 74 – came out of the crash was bruises on his face, but nothing more serious. 

He told investigators the crash happened on Thursday as he attempted to take off. However, the grassy field he was using as an airstrip was too rough, and he lost control. The plane was never in the air. 

Although the plane never lifted off, the Federal Aviation Administration was contacted and will handle the investigation. 

When the DeKalb County Sheriff Department responded to the report of a crash on Friday, that agency was aided by the Auburn and Garrett police departments and Indiana State Police.

Original article can be found here:

DEKALB COUNTY, Ind. (WOWO): An investigation is underway after a plane nearly crashed into a barn.

On Friday, officers responded to a report of an airplane crashing into a house on CR 37 east of Auburn. A helicopter pilot saw the crash scene and was circling overhead so officers could locate the site.

Upon further investigation, it was determined the plane struck support posts that were in front of the barn and did not actually make contact with the barn. The pilot of the airplane told DeKalb County Police the crash happened Thursday as he attempted to take off. However, the grassy field air strip was too rough and he lost control. 

The plane was never in the air.

The pilot, 74, suffered minor facial contusions.

Officials with the Federal Aviation Administration were contacted and will be handling the investigation.

Original article can be found here:

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