Monday, July 31, 2017

Piper PA-46-350P Malibu Mirage, N786MD, ALP Air LLC: Accident occurred July 30, 2017 at Tahlequah Municipal Airport (KTQH), Cherokee County, Oklahoma

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: CEN17LA292
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, July 30, 2017 in Tahlequah, OK
Aircraft: PIPER PA 46 350P, registration: N786MD
Injuries: 4 Minor.

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 July 30, 2017, about 1859 central daylight time, a Piper PA-46-350P, N786MD, sustained substantial damage during a forced landing to a field near the Tahlequah Municipal Airport (TQH), Tahlequah Oklahoma, after a complete loss of engine power. The pilot and three passengers received minor injuries. The airplane was owned by ALP Air LLC and operated by the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions existed near the accident site at the time of the flight, and a visual flight rules (VFR) flight plan had been filed. The flight departed from the Joplin Regional Airport (JLN), Joplin, Missouri, about 1800, and was en route to Addison Airport (ADS), Addison, Texas.

The pilot reported he was receiving VFR Flight Following at 12,500 ft above mean sea level (msl) when the engine started to lose power. The pilot turned toward TQH since it was the nearest airport, and he flew about 6 to 8 nautical miles before the engine stopped producing power. Oil covered the windshield and smoke filled the cockpit, making it difficult to see out of the airplane. The pilot maintained communications with the Fort Worth Center as he glided toward TQH. Once over the airport, he made about 1 1/2 left circles as he prepared to land on the runway 35. However, the landing gear indicator lights indicated that the nose landing gear was not in the fully extended position during the landing approach. The airplane landed in a field about 300 ft short of the runway, and the right wing struck a hay bale which caused substantial damage to the wing. 

At 1855, the surface weather observation at TQH was wind from 050 degrees at 5 knots; visibility 10 miles; sky clear; temperature 30 degrees C; dew point 15 degrees C; and altimeter setting 30.06 inches of mercury.

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