Friday, August 11, 2017

Piper PA-28R-200 Arrow II, N33732, Zabrosky Air LLC: Accident occurred August 11, 2017 near South Valley Regional Airport (U42), West Jordan, Salt Lake County, Utah

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Salt Lake City

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Zabrosky Air LLC:

NTSB Identification: WPR17LA183
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, August 11, 2017 in West Jordan, UT
Aircraft: PIPER PA 28R-200, registration: N33732
Injuries: 2 Minor, 2 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 may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On August 11, 2017, about 1755 mountain daylight time, a Piper PA28-200R, N33732, was substantially damaged following a forced landing near West Jordan, Utah. The private pilot and one passenger received minor injuries, while two passengers were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the planned cross-country flight, which was being operated in accordance with 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, and a visual flight rules (VFR) flight plan was filed and activated. The flight departed the South Valley Regional Airport (U42), West Jordan, Utah, about 1745, with the destination reported as Casper/Natroma County International Airport (CPR), Casper, Wyoming.

In a telephone interview with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator-in-charge (IIC), the passenger, who was seated in the right-front cockpit seat, reported that shortly after takeoff and about 1 mile southwest of the airport, the airplane encountered a wind gust, the airplane lost lift, and the pilot commented that "they might be in trouble." The passenger stated that the pilot made a right-hand turn back toward the airport, but when he realized he could not make the airport he elected to land in an open field, during which the airplane's left wing spar was substantially damaged. 

In a telephone interview the day following the accident, the pilot confirmed what the passenger had reported to the IIC was an accurate account of the accident sequence. When asked by the IIC if his preflight planning had included a weight and balance calculation and a density altitude calculation, the pilot reported that he had completed both prior to departing. Additionally, the pilot opined that he thought the airplane was a few hundred pounds under its gross takeoff weight. The pilot concluded that he did not detect any anomalies with the engine during the takeoff or during the accident sequence.

At 1755, the U42 automated weather reporting facility indicated wind 120° at 6 knots, visibility 10 miles, sky clear, temperature 32° C, dew point 12° C, and an altimeter setting of 30.03 inches of mercury.

The airplane was recovered for further examination.

WEST JORDAN, Utah, Aug. 11, 2017 (Gephardt Daily) — A small airplane with four people aboard crashed after hitting power lines near South Valley Regional Airport, also known as Airport #2, in West Jordan Friday night.

Witnesses told Gephardt Daily the single-engine aircraft appeared to experience some sort of engine problem shortly after take off.

The pilot was attempting to return to the airport when he was forced to take evasive action to keep from striking abandoned rail cars parked on a nearby rail spur.

The plane then clipped electrical wires and crash landed in a nearby field.

Two of those aboard the aircraft — 48-year-old male pilot and 28-year-old male passenger — were treated for injuries before being transported by ambulance to Intermountain Medical Center in Murray.

Two others passengers walked away uninjured.

Original article can be found here ➤

WEST JORDAN, Utah -- Two of the four people aboard a small airplane that hit a power line and then the ground in West Jordan Friday night were taken to hospitals.

West Jordan Fire Department personnel at the scene say the crash occurred around 6 p.m. near New Bingham Highway and Airport Road.

The small aircraft with four men on board had departed from the nearby South Valley Regional Airport but was returning to the airport for an unknown reason.

Video shot by Daniel Hart shows the plane descending before striking some power lines, at which point sparks erupt.

Firefighters say the nose of the plane struck the lower voltage power line, causing the plane to nose dive. However, the tail of the aircraft then struck the higher voltage line, causing the aircraft to right itself and glide across a road, where it came down in a field.

The pilot, a male in his 30s, suffered serious injuries and was taken to Intermountain Medical Center in Murray. Another passenger was also taken to a hospital.

The other two passengers walked away without serious injury.

Firefighters say the FAA will be taking over the investigation into the crash.

Story and video ➤

1 comment:

  1. Nice job of getting down with few options.

    Proves the concept of flying all the way to the ground (without a stall).