Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Piper PA-36-300, N3711E: Accident occurred May 28, 2017 in El Campo, Wharton County, Texas

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Houston, Texas

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


NTSB Identification: CEN17LA202
14 CFR Part 137: Agricultural
Accident occurred Sunday, May 28, 2017 in El Campo, TX
Aircraft: PIPER PA36, registration: N3711E
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 28, 2017, about 930 central daylight time, a Piper PA36 airplane, N3711E, was substantially damaged when it impacted a cotton field near El Campo, Texas. The commercial pilot sustained serious injury. The aerial application flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) flight plan had been filed for the flight.

According to the FAA inspector who responded to the accident, the pilot was applying product to an adjacent field. The airplane hit the ground in a nose low, left wing low attitude. The engine and propeller assembly and both main landing gear separated from the airframe. The right wing separated partially from the fuselage and the left wing was crushed aft and buckled.

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