Sunday, November 26, 2017

Piper PA-28-140, N6428R: Hurricane force winds from Hurricane Irma caused a storm surge, marinating aircraft including the wings, fuselage belly, and the engine with salt water



























AIRCRAFT:    1966 Piper PA-28-140 N6428R, s/n 28-221608

The last Annual Inspection was performed on 10/21/2011 at total time 4,262.9.  The current total time is 4290.53.

According to the last owner, it was undergoing an extensive annual inspection which was almost complete. 
                                 
ENGINE:  Lycoming O-320-E2A, s/n L-16447-27A

The last Annual Inspection was performed on 10/21/2011 at total time 4,262.9, TSMOH 899.6.  The engine has 927.17 hours TSMOH in 1986.

PROP: Sensenich M74DM-0-58, s/n K6951, with a Total Time Since New of 4,262.9, at the Last Annual Inspection on 10/21/2011.

EQUIPMENT:  The following items were removed and are securely stored:

(1) Audio Panel  
KING ka134 tso          
p/n 071-2009-02          
s/n 5203

(1) GPS Garmin                     
GNX 300XL tso          
p/n 011-00433-001     
s/n 95104002

(1) Transponder                      
Bennet Avionics          
p/n 41470-1028          
s/n 145

(1) NAV/ COM                         
Bendix King                
p/n 064-1051-60          
s/n 5347

           
DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT:  

Hurricane force winds from Hurricane Irma caused a storm surge, marinating N6428R including the wings, fuselage belly, and the engine with salt water.

There was evidence of salt-water depth of 31 - 45 inches, and the depth was likely much higher before leveling out. 

In addition to the surge, Hurricane strength winds also blew debris and the salt water horizontally for up to 18 hours.

DESCRIPTION OF DAMAGES:  
            
At the time of the hurricane, the aircraft was in a state of disassembly due to the annual inspection in progress.  

The seats, left gear, and left wing had been removed and were on the hangar floor and completely immersed in salt water for an extended period of time. 

The lower portion of the fuselage, wings and engine were also submerged in salt water

LOCATION OF AIRCRAFT:  In a hangar at Marathon Airport (KMTH), Florida Keys 

REMARKS:   

Due to the lack of electrical power and fresh water for at least a week, no efforts were made to mitigate corrosion. 

There is no Airworthiness Certificate.

Read more here:   http://www.avclaims.com/N6428R.html

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