Friday, November 17, 2017

Piper PA-28R-201T, N5966V: Accident occurred November 16, 2017 in Nipton, San Bernardino County, California

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Las Vegas, Nevada

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: WPR18LA033
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, November 16, 2017 in Nipton, CA
Aircraft: PIPER PA 28R-201T, registration: N5966V
Injuries: 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 November 16, 2017, about 1800 Pacific standard time, a Piper PA-28R-201T, N5966V, was substantially damaged following an emergency landing as a result of a total loss of engine power near Nipton, California. The commercial pilot and the sole passenger were not injured. Instrument meteorological conditions (IFR) prevailed at altitude, while visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the accident site. The cross-country flight was being operated in accordance with 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, and an IFR flight plan was filed and active at the time of the accident. The flight departed North Las Vegas Airport (VGT), Las Vegas, Nevada, about 1655, with an intended destination of Brackett Field (POC), La Verne, California.

In a telephone interview with the National Transportation Safety Board investigator-in-charge shortly after the accident, the pilot reported that while in cruise flight at 10,000 feet he noticed the JPI indicator revealed that the #5 cylinder had spiked. This was followed shortly thereafter by the engine running rough, and then a total loss of engine power. The pilot subsequently made an emergency landing to the west on interstate highway I15, about 20 miles north of Baker, California. During the landing roll the airplane exited the right side of the highway and into some soft dirt. An onsite damage assessment by Federal Aviation Administration inspectors assigned to the Las Vegas Flight Standards District Office revealed that the airplane's right wing spar was substantially damaged.

The airplane was recovered to a secured storage facility in Phoenix, Arizona for further examination.

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LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) — Emergency crews are responding to a small plane down near the California-Nevada border, south of Las Vegas.

According to the San Bernardino County Fire Department, the incident was reported in the Halloran Springs area, on I-15 south of Nipton Road.

The single-engine plane had two people on board and neither were injured.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the Piper PA-28R-201T made an emergency landing on I-15 just east of Yucca Grove around 6 p.m. Thursday. The pilot reportedly experienced engine problems.

California Highway Patrol and the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department are enroute to the scene to investigate.

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