Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee, N642RJ: Accident occurred May 07, 2018 in Addison, Dallas County, Texas

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

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Addison, TX
Accident Number: GAA18CA264
Date & Time: 05/07/2018, 2300 CDT
Registration: N642RJ
Aircraft: PIPER PA28
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Fuel exhaustion
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot reported that he departed with about 40 to 45 gallons of fuel for a calculated 3.9 tach hour flight with a 10 gallon per hour fuel burn. He added that, en route, the engine sputtered and he knew the right fuel tank was empty. He switched to the left fuel tank and continued to the destination airport. About 30 minutes from the destination airport, the engine sputtered and experienced a total loss of power. During the forced landing, the airplane landed in a parking lot and impacted a pole.

The pilot reported that the airplane "ran out of gas".

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing and fuselage.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 57, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 06/23/2016
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 10/21/2016
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 210 hours (Total, all aircraft), 138 hours (Total, this make and model), 210 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: PIPER
Registration: N642RJ
Model/Series: PA28 180
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1963
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 28-1409
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 01/20/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 4471 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-360 SER
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Pilot School (141) 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Night/Bright
Observation Facility, Elevation: KADS, 644 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 2 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 0355 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 346°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 9 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 160°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.07 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point:  25°C / 16°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: TUPELO, MS (TUP)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: WEATHERFORD, TX (WEA)
Type of Clearance: VFR Flight Following
Departure Time: 2000 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class D 

Airport Information

Airport: ADDISON (ADS)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 644 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: Forced Landing

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude:  33.000278, -96.828056 (est)

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A single engine plane made a crash landing in parking lot just off the Dallas North Tollway late Monday evening. The pilot was not injured.

Officials said the landing happened just after 11 p.m. in a parking lot off the Dallas North Tollway near an Extended Stay Hotel.

The plane clipped trees on its way to the ground and sustained wing and wheel damage. There was also a small fire that the pilot, Bobby Hawley of Fort Worth, was able to put out. He was able to make it out with no injuries.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the pilot was headed from Mississippi to Weatherford when he reported losing fuel.

The pilot tried to make it to Addison Municipal Airport but went down two miles short of that destination.

Hawley said he is thankful no one on the ground was injured.

“There’s shopping centers, office buildings, a lot of homes and dangerous wires and trees and light poles… so the fact that this pilot was able to make an emergency landing in the parking lot of a small restaurant that has all of those attributes going… it’s pretty amazing to me,” said Bob Steinfeld, who lives nearby.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating the crash.

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The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating after a small plane made an emergency landing late Monday night in a restaurant parking lot right off of the Dallas North Tollway.

The Piper PA-28 aircraft was en route from Tupelo, Mississippi to Weatherford when the pilot reported he was losing fuel.

He made the decision to land the plane as he approached the Dallas/Addison border -- and brought it down in the parking lot of an old restaurant that has sat vacant for years.

First responders noted the area, which is near where the DNT crosses the President George Bush Turnpike, is highly populated and highly traveled. They said it's "remarkable" the pilot was able to land without hitting any buildings or vehicles and that no one was hurt.

The plane did hit a light pole after it touched down, but the pilot walked away unharmed. The FAA says he was able to extinguish a small fire that broke out in the plane before first responders arrived.

The plane is registered to an address in Fort Worth.

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