Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Columbia LC41-550FG, N8725, LNS Enterprises LLC: Accident occurred July 31, 2017 in Chandler, Maricopa County, Arizona

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona
Continental Motors; Mobile, Alabama

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

LNS Enterprises LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N8725

NTSB Identification: WPR17IA173
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Incident occurred Monday, July 31, 2017 in Chandler, AZ
Aircraft: COLUMBIA AIRCRAFT MFG LC41 550FG, registration: N8725
Injuries: 4 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 July 31, 2017, about 1745 mountain standard time, a Columbia LC41-550FG, N8725, experienced a total loss of engine power during flight, 6 miles south of the Chandler Municipal Airport (CHD), Chandler, Arizona. The pilot subsequently made an off-airport forced landing in a field. The private pilot and three passengers were uninjured, and the airplane sustained minor damage. The aircraft was registered to LNS Enterprises, LLC., and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a business flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a flight plan was not filed. The flight originated from Yuma Marine Corps Air Station/Yuma International Airport (NYL), Yuma, Arizona, about 1700 and was destined for Pegasus Airpark (5AZ3), Queen Creek, Arizona.

The pilot reported that during the descent from 9,500 ft mean sea level, the oil pressure indication dropped rapidly, followed by a drop in manifold pressure. He subsequently made contact with the CHD tower declaring an emergency and requested landing clearance. Smoke was seen coming from the engine, and shortly after the engine began to run extremely rough and then quit. The pilot activated the emergency locator transmitter (ELT) and performed a forced landing to a cropped field.

A Federal Aviation Administration inspector conducted a postaccident examination of the airplane. The lower side of the airplane was covered in oil. The upper engine cowling was removed and a hole was visible on the top side of the engine crankcase.

The wreckage was recovered to a secure location for further examination.




CHANDLER, Ariz. - A plane carrying four people from Yuma to Chandler Municipal Airport made an emergency landing in a field Monday evening.

Fire and police responded to the scene, which was about five miles south of the airport.

Nobody was hurt in the crash, according to fire officials.

The passengers were a medical crew flying back from Yuma, Phoenix FD said. The pilot told the passengers that the plane was having engine trouble and he'd have to make an emergency landing.

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A single-engine airplane made an emergency landing in a southeast Valley field Monday evening, the Chandler Fire Department said. 

Chandler Fire said the pilot and three passengers walked away unharmed after the aircraft landed near Gilbert Road and Hunt Highway.

The plane landed a few miles south of the Chandler Municipal Airport.

The reason for the emergency landing is not yet known.

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