Friday, June 29, 2018

Piper PA-32-300 Cherokee Six, N8440F: Accident occurred June 29, 2018 near Mid-Carolina Regional Airport (KRUQ), Salisbury, Rowan 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:

Location: Salisbury, NC
Accident Number: WPR18LA194
Date & Time: 06/29/2018, 1606 EDT
Registration: N8440F
Aircraft: Piper PA32
Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On June 29, 2018, about 1606 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-32-300, N8440F, was substantially damaged during a forced landing about 3 nm southwest of Mid-Carolina Regional Airport (RUQ), Salisbury, North Carolina. The private pilot and his two passengers were not injured. The personal flight was operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions (VMC) prevailed, and a flight plan was not filed for the cross-country flight, that departed Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airport (SBY), Salisbury, Maryland at 1350. The flight was destined for Lake Norman Airpark (14A), Mooresville, North Carolina.

According to the pilot, on the morning of the accident flight he and the two passengers departed an airport in New York on a flight bound for 14A. The pilot refueled the airplane with 24 gallons of fuel during an intermediate stop at SBY following an uneventful 2-hour flight. Prior to their departure from SBY, the pilot completed a preflight inspection of the airplane and an engine run-up, at which time he observed a normal magneto drop. Shortly after they departed, the pilot decided to return to the airport to inspect the left-wing fuel cap as it had not seated properly during the preflight inspection. He landed the airplane and confirmed the fuel cap was secured. The pilot departed the airport again at 1357 and climbed to a cruise altitude of 6,500 ft where he leveled off and selected a continuous power setting of 2,400 rpm. He changed between main fuel tanks every 30 minutes. Approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes into the flight, the pilot descended to 2,500 ft to remain below clouds and in VMC and subsequently climbed to 4,500 ft where he leveled off. About 25 minutes later, the engine slowed down to a tachometer indication of 1,500 rpm and 15 seconds later the engine experienced a total loss of power. The pilot was unsuccessful in his attempts to restart the engine and decided to declare an emergency. An Air Traffic Controller advised the pilot of a nearby airport, RUQ, about 7 nm from his position. He subsequently lined the airplane up with airport, but chose to land on the grass between a runway and taxiway as there was a construction crew repaving the runway. During the landing attempt, the main landing gear impacted the ground first and the airplane jerked to the right before coming to rest in the grass.

Postaccident examination by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed substantial damage to the engine firewall and left wing. The wreckage has been retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N8440F
Model/Series: PA32 300
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Skyhigh Flyers Flying Club, Inc.
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KRUQ, 773 ft msl
Observation Time: 1615 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 3 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 32°C / 19°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 6000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 7000 ft agl
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting:
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Departure Point: Salisbury, MD (KSBY)
Destination: Lake Norman, NC (14A) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 None
Latitude, Longitude: 35.645833, -80.520278

ROWAN COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - An unknown amount of fuel spilled due to a hard plane landing at an airport in Rowan County Friday afternoon.

According to the Salisbury Fire Department, a small aircraft crash landing happened at the Mid-Carolina Airport.

Mid-Carolina Airport officials said it appears the aircraft’s engine went out and they had to make an emergency landing which resulted in the hard landing.

Officials say all passengers were free and no injuries were reported.

Rowan Communications said there is no word on how much fuel was spilled.

Everything going forward at the airport will be precautionary, such as securing the runway and cleaning up the fuel spill, according to Rowan Communications.

WBTV's Sky 3 flew over the scene after the landing happened.

Fire officials said crews are applying foam at this time.

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According to Salisbury Fire Department, a small plane has crashed at Mid-Carolina Airport Friday afternoon.

The fire department reports all of the people on board are free and there are no reported injuries.

Hazmat crews are on scene assisting fire rescue.

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