Thursday, December 28, 2017

Piper PA28R-180, N3805T, operated by Pressley Aviation LLC: Accident occurred August 25, 2017 at Charlotte-Monroe Executive Airport (KEQY), Union County, North Carolina

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Charlotte, North Carolina 

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

Pressley Aviation LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N3805T

Location: Monroe, NC
Accident Number: ERA17LA301
Date & Time: 08/25/2017, 1000 EDT
Registration: N3805T
Aircraft: PIPER PA28R
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation  

On August 25, 2017, about 1000 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA28R-180, N3805T, exhibited substantial damage during a preflight inspection at the Charlotte-Monroe Executive Airport (EQY), Monroe, North Carolina. A flight instructor and student pilot were preparing for an instructional flight operated by Pressley Aviation LLC. The time and date of the accident are unknown.

During a preflight inspection of the airplane, a flight instructor and student pilot observed a small hole in the upper surface of the left wing, and skin wrinkling on the upper and lower surfaces of the left wing. According to operator records, the airplane, which was based at EQY, had flown twice on the previous day. The first flight was in the morning, and was conducted by the same flight instructor and student pilot who noticed the damage. They reported that no damage was present when they performed a post-flight inspection of the airplane. The airplane was then flown in the afternoon by another pilot, as a personal flight. That pilot did not notice the damage during his preflight inspection. However, the damage was visible in photographs taken by a passenger on that flight, both on the ground prior to departure and during the takeoff.

Examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed substantial damage to the left wing spar. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: PIPER
Registration: N3805T
Model/Series: PA28R 180
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: PRESSLEY AVIATION LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Pilot School (141) 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan


Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation: KEQY, 679 ft msl
Observation Time: 1053 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C / 18°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction:  9 knots, 50°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.1 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Unknown
Departure Point: Monroe, NC (EQY)
Destination:  Monroe, NC (EQY) 

Wreckage and Impact Information


Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude:  35.017500, -80.621944 (est)

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