Thursday, December 14, 2017

Piper PA-32-300, N4326X, Air Jones LLC: Accident occurred December 14, 2017 at MidCoast Regional Airport at Wright Army Airfield (KLHW), Fort Stewart, Hinesville, Liberty County, Georgia Georgia

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

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Atlanta, Georgia

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Air Jones LLC:

Location: Hinesville, GA
Accident Number: WPR18LA051
Date & Time: 12/14/2017, 0854 EST
Registration: N4326X
Aircraft: PIPER PA 32-300
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On December 14, 2017 about 0854 eastern standard time, a Piper PA32-300, N4326X, was substantially damaged during an emergency landing at Wright Army Airfield (Fort Stewart)/Midcoast Regional Airport (LHW), Fort Stewart (Hinesville), Georgia. The airplane was registered to Air Jones LLC and operated by the private pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. The pilot received minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed. The flight originated from Metter Municipal Airport, Metter, Georgia at 0830.

In a statement provided to the Federal Aviation Administration Inspector, the pilot said he was on final approach to LHW when he felt a shutter, followed by a loud bang. Immediately after, the windshield was covered in oil and the engine experienced a complete loss of power. The pilot reported to the air traffic controller that he was unable to land on the runway, and that he is "going down". About 2 miles short of the runway, the airplane impacted a tree line. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: PIPER
Registration: N4326X
Model/Series: PA 32-300 301
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation: KLHW, 45 ft msl
Observation Time: 0856 EST
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 8°C / 3°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots, 250°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.96 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: METTER, GA (MHP)
Destination: Hinesville, GA (LHW) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 31.888333, -81.561667 (est)

A small private aircraft made a hard landing at MidCoast Regional Airport at Wright Army Airfield in Fort Stewart, according to Fort Stewart Public Affairs Officer, Kevin Larson. 

The landing took place around 8:45 am Thursday morning. The air strip is manned by civilian and military authorities.

Larson reported that the pilot, yet to be identified, was able to exit the plane safely. 

He said the plane is a Piper PA-32-300 aircraft.

 Larson said the plane was damaged but the extent of damage and cause of the hard landing are currently under investigation.

The pilot was transported to Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah. 

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