Friday, July 20, 2018

Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee Cruiser F, N7080F: Accident occurred July 19, 2018 near Shreveport Downtown Airport (KDTN), Caddo Parish, Louisiana

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baton Rouge

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Shreveport, LA
Accident Number: CEN18LA281
Date & Time: 07/19/2018, 0802 CDT
Registration: N7080F
Aircraft: PIPER PA28
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On July 19, 2018, about 0802 central standard time, a Piper PA28A, N7080, registered to a private individual, sustained substantial damage during a forced landing after a loss of engine power near the Shreveport Executive Airport (DTN), Shreveport, Louisiana. The commercial pilot, who was the sole occupant was not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a flight plan was not filed. The post-maintenance check flight was being conducted under the provisions of Federal Code of Regulations Part 91. The flight originated about 0730 from DTN.

The airplane had just completed an annual inspection on July 18, 2018, and the purpose of the flight was a post-maintenance check flight. According to the pilot, after takeoff from the DTN airport, he stayed in the local traffic pattern and performed two touch and go landings. He proceeded north of the airport and climbed through 2,500 feet. He stated that the airplane could not attain more than 300-foot per minute rate of climb without losing airspeed, and noticed a decrease in engine RPM's. Oil pressure and oil temperature were in the normal operating range, the vacuum gauge indicated "zero" and gyroscopic instruments began to drift and tumble. The pilot proceeded directly for DTN and set up for a landing on runway 14. On final, the engine RPM's decreased and the aircraft slowed. The engine did not respond to throttle inputs and the pilot was forced to land the airplane on a river levy. The aircraft bounced into the air and came back down, contacted a road, and came to rest against the perimeter fence of runway 14.

Initial inspection of the engine revealed that the output shaft of the vacuum pump was sheared. The wreckage was moved to a secure location for further inspection. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: PIPER
Registration: N7080F
Model/Series: PA28
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
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: DTN, 179 ft msl
Observation Time: 0753 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C / 24°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , 210°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.93 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Shreveport, LA (DTN)
Destination: Shreveport, LA (DTN) 

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:  32.540278, -93.745000 (est)

No one hurt when a plane made a crash landing just north of Shreveport's Downtown Airport this morning.

Police got the call at about 8am this morning about the plane landing in a field north of the airport.

Shreveport Fire Department's Chief Fred Sanders says there was no fire. There was also a passenger onboard the plane, but that person was not hurt, either. The Chief says the plane was in the air for 30 minutes before the crash landing.

The Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee Cruiser F ia based at the downtown airport. But we do not know who it belonged to at this time. Mark Crawford with the Shreveport Airport Authority tells KEEL News the plane was on a routine maintenance flight before the crash which happened on airport property just short of the runway. A fence on the property may have been damaged.

Original article can be found here ➤

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -  A pilot is safe after his plane crashed Thursday morning in Shreveport. It happened just after 8 a.m. north of Shreveport Downtown Airport. 

According to Shreveport Fire Department's Chief Fred Sanders, there was no fire and the pilot was not injured.

According to Mark Crawford with the airport, it was a Piper Cherokee 140 Aircraft. No passengers were on the plane at the time. 

Sanders said the plane was in the air for 30 minutes before the crash landing.

The pilot said he was fine and did not want to be sent to a hospital.

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Anonymous said...

Damned fences, they always ruin the fun of landing! Ban Fences!

Anonymous said...

Ha! Ha! Laugh out loud funny!