Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Piper PA-28-180, N747KM: Accident occurred December 05, 2017 near Brewton Municipal Airport (12J), Escambia County, Alabama

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Birmingham, Alabama

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N747KM

Location: Brewton, AL
Accident Number: ERA18LA041
Date & Time: 12/05/2017, 1400 CST
Registration: N747KM
Aircraft: PIPER PA28
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On December 5, 2017, about 1400 central standard time, a Piper PA28-180, N747KM, was substantially damaged during a forced landing near Brewton, Alabama. The private pilot and passenger were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed for the personal flight that departed Dekalb-Peachtree Airport (PDK), Atlanta, Georgia, and was destined for Pensacola International Airport (PNS), Pensacola, Florida. The airplane was operated under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

According to the pilot, the airplane was in cruise flight, at 8,000 ft mean sea level for "a couple hours" when the air traffic control (ATC) controller told him to descend to 4,000 ft and fly around some thunderstorms in that area. The pilot stated there were strong headwinds and he would have preferred to stay at the higher altitude, but complied with the direction from ATC. Subsequently, the engine experienced a total loss of power, and he notified ATC that he wanted to divert to Brewton Municipal Airport (12J), Brewton, Alabama. The pilot further stated that due to the strong headwind, he knew the airplane was not going to be able to glide to 12J, so he attempted to land in a field. During the approach to the field, the airplane collided with some tree tops and landed hard in the field. During the roll-out, the airplane contacted a fence post, which damaged the right wing .

Examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed that the airplane sustained damage to the landing gear fairings, right side of the fuselage, firewall, and right wing leading edge. There was additional damage to the horizontal stabilator, propeller and the right-wing fuel tank was breached and leaking fuel. The right-wing fuel tank was approximately 1/2 full. The left-wing fuel tank, which was undamaged, contained approximately 20 ounces of fuel. One ounce of fuel was recovered from the firewall mounted fuel strainer bowl. The fuel selector valve was found in the left fuel tank position.

The airplane was retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: PIPER
Registration: N747KM
Model/Series: PA28 180
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KNDZ, 178 ft msl
Observation Time: 1956 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 18 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C / 21°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 2300 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots/ 19 knots, 190°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 3600 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.07 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: ATLANTA, GA (PDK)
Destination: Pensacola, FL (PNS)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 31.010833, -87.037222 (est)




EAST BREWTON, Ala. —   A plane registered to a Cullowhee man went down in south Alabama on Tuesday afternoon. Authorities said the pilot and passenger were able to walk away.

The Escambia County (Ala.) Sheriff's Office said the incident happened at the intersection of Travis and Woodchuck roads about four and a half miles southeast of Brewton Municipal Airport.

The PA-28 Cherokee, a single-engine plane registered to Van A. Stayton, lost its engine and sent a mayday to the Pensacola (Fla.) tower. The sheriff's office said the plane sustained minor damage because of a fence.

Authorities said the aircraft took off from DeKalb–Peachtree Airport in Atlanta with the pilot's destination being Pensacola. Authorities have not released the name of the pilot or passenger.

The Federal Aviation Administration has been assigned to the investigation.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://wlos.com

EAST BREWTON, Ala. (WEAR) — Several people are on scene in Brewton after reports of a plane down.

The Escambia County Sheriff's Office in Alabama said that the incident happened at the intersection of Travis Road and Woodchuck Road about four and a half miles southeast of the Brewton Municipal Airport.


The Piper PA-28 Cherokee lost its engine and sent a mayday to the Pensacola tower. The sheriff's office said the plane sustained minor damage due to a fence.


The sheriff's office said the pilot and passenger are OK.


The Federal Aviation Administration has been assigned to the investigation.


Original article can be found here ➤ http://weartv.com

The Piper PA-28 Cherokee contacted air traffic control at the Pensacola International Airport and advised that they lost their engine, according Mike Lambert, chief deputy of the Escambia County (AL) Sheriff’s Office.


The pilot then sat the plane down in a field about 4.5 miles southeast of the Brewton Airport, near the intersection of Travis and Woodchuck roads, just a few thousand feet from the Alabama-Florida state line.


Both the pilot and a passenger walked away from the crash with no injuries, Lambert said.


The Escambia County (AL) Sheriff’s Office secured the scene with the FAA responding to conduct an official investigation.


Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.northescambia.com

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