Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Piper PA-28-236 Dakota, N4345K, registered to Piper-Dakota LLC and operated by the pilot : Accident occurred January 13, 2018 near Tishomingo Airpark (0F9), Johnston County, Oklahoma

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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


Piper-Dakota LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N4345K


Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

Location: Tishomingo, OK
Accident Number: CEN18LA075
Date & Time: 01/13/2018, 1130 CST
Registration: N4345K
Aircraft: PIPER PA 28-236
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Fuel exhaustion
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On January 13, 2018, about 1130 central standard time, a Piper PA 28-236 airplane, N4345K, impacted terrain during a forced landing following an inflight loss of engine power near Tishomingo, Oklahoma. The pilot was seriously injured. The airplane sustained substantial fuselage damage. The airplane was registered to Piper-Dakota LLC and operated by the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed in the area about the time of the accident, and the flight was operated not operated on a flight plan. The flight originated about 1000 from the Memorial Field Airport (HOT), near Hot Springs, Arkansas, and was destined for the Ardmore Downtown Executive Airport, near Ardmore, Oklahoma.

According to the pilot, he departed from HOT with about 35 to 40 gallons of fuel between the left and right fuel tanks. The pilot estimated that the flight would require 20 gallons of fuel. As he was nearing the destination the pilot was concerned about the fuel level in the left tank as it indicated between 1/4 full and empty. There was also no fuel remaining in the right tank as he intentionally ran it dry. The pilot elected to divert to the Tishomingo Airpark (0F9), near Tishomingo, Oklahoma, to ensure the airplane had adequate fuel to complete the flight to Ardmore. The pilot said that upon landing he found out that there was no fuel at 0F9 and that it had not had any fuel for many months. An airpark attendant advised that there was no place nearby to obtain fuel and that the pilot should try the next available airport. The pilot subsequently took off from 0F9. When the airplane reached an altitude of about 1,500 ft above ground level, the engine "sputtered" as if out of fuel. The pilot immediately turned back to the airport. However, the airplane was at an altitude where it could not clear the trees in area. The airplane impacted the trees and subsequently impacted terrain inverted.

The pilot did not indicate in his accident report that he visually checked the fuel level before departing 0F9. However, he stated that the "left tank apparently goes empty somewhere prior to the "E" on the fuel gauge" and that the gauges were inaccurate. Federal Aviation Regulation Part 23.1337, Powerplant Instruments Installation, in part stated, "Each fuel quantity indicator must be calibrated to read ''zero'' during level flight when the quantity of fuel remaining in the tank is equal to the unusable fuel supply." 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 72, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 01/01/2017
Flight Time:  634 hours (Total, all aircraft), 522 hours (Total, this make and model) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: PIPER
Registration: N4345K
Model/Series: PA 28-236
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1984
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 28-8411012
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 05/02/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3000 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 2128 Hours
Engine Manufacturer:  LYCOMING
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-540-J3A5D
Registered Owner: PIPER-DAKOTA LLC
Rated Power: 235 hp
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: KADM, 725 ft msl
Observation Time: 1155 CST
Distance from Accident Site: 18 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 290°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 1°C / -11°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots, 340°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.65 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: HOT SPRINGS, AR (HOT)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: ARDMORE, OK (1F0)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1000 CST
Type of Airspace:

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude:  34.198611, -96.674444 (est)

Location: Tishomingo, OK
Accident Number: CEN18LA075
Date & Time: 01/13/2018, 1215 CST
Registration: N4345K
Aircraft: PIPER PA 28-236
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On January 13, 2018, about 1215 central standard time, a Piper PA 28-236 airplane, N4345K, impacted terrain during a forced landing following an inflight loss of engine power near Tishomingo, Oklahoma. The pilot was seriously injured. The airplane sustained substantial fuselage damage. The airplane was registered to Piper-Dakota LLC and operated by the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed in the area about the time of the accident, and the flight was operated not operated on a flight plan. The flight originated about 0940 from the Memorial Field Airport, near Hot Springs, Arkansas, and was destined for the Ardmore Municipal Airport, near Ardmore, Oklahoma.

At 1155, the recorded weather at the Ardmore Municipal Airport, near Ardmore, Oklahoma, was: Wind 340° at 3 kts; visibility 10 statute miles; sky condition clear; temperature 1° C; dew point -11° C; altimeter 30.65 inches of mercury. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: PIPER
Registration: N4345K
Model/Series: PA 28-236 236
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator:  Pilot
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KADM, 725 ft msl
Observation Time: 1155 CST
Distance from Accident Site: 18 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point:  1°C / -11°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots, 340°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.65 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point:
Destination: 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 34.198611, -96.674444 (est)





TISHOMINGO, Okla. -- An Arkansas man has has returned home after after his small plane crashed Saturday in the Tishomingo National Wildlife Refuge.

Federal Aviation Administration investigators said the pilot, identified as William Newman Jr. of Hot Springs Village, had stopped to refuel at Tishomingo Airpark, but found the facility no longer offers that option due to past flooding.

The Piper PA-28-236 Dakota took off for Ardmore but quickly came down in a wooded area nearby around 1 p.m. 

The plane was upside-down when first responders arrived.

Newman was taken to Mercy Hospital where, according to the Johnston County Sheriff's Office, he was flown to OU Medical Center in stable condition. His injuries were described as minor on Sunday.

The crash remains under investigation, and the plane was said to be a total loss.

Story, video and photo gallery: http://www.kten.com



TISHOMINGO, Okla. (KXII) -- An elderly man was sent to an Oklahoma City trauma center Saturday afternoon, after crashing his plane in Tishomingo.

"It was dramatic, we didn't know what to do. It was like panic mode." Aaron Mclean, who saw the aftermath of the crash, said.

Mclean and his brother Clayton Arles were taking a drive through the Tishomingo Wildlife Reserve Saturday afternoon, when they saw an injured man laying in the road.

"As I was getting out of the car, I looked down, and his pants was ripped down the whole length of his left leg, and you could see nothing but muscle and bone." Arles said.

They immediately took the man, who authorities said was in his 70s, to Mercy Hospital down the road, where he was careflighted to an Oklahoma City hospital.

The brothers say the man told them he landed at a nearby airport low on gas, but finding no fuel, tried to make it to Ardmore. But he ran out of fuel, and crashed while trying to land.

"I'm just glad something really bad didn't happen, that he made it out of the plane," Mclean said. "The looks of the plane, I don't know how anyone could've survived from that."

Arles says they helped lead police to the downed aircraft.

"It was like a big, old tornado hit it or something," Arles said. "It was just like a pancake."

Not only that, but the plane was hundreds of feet from the road, with heavy foliage and wired fencing.

"It still yet, puzzles me, because the fence that he had to make it over, I guess his adrenaline just had to be pumping, and hoping somebody would come and save his life." Arles said.

Which is why they both say they are thankful they were there.

"How did he make it through this, is what's going through my mind," Mclean said. "Its a miracle that he made it."

The man's current condition is unknown, but the men say the pilot was alert and awake when he left their care.

"The man's tougher than nails, I gotta give him that." Arles said.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

Story and photo: http://www.kxii.com

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