Saturday, August 25, 2018

Piper PA-28-235, N7954W: Accident occurred August 22, 2018 in Little Rock, Arkansas

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Little Rock, Arkansas

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Little Rock, AR
Accident Number: CEN18LA347
Date & Time: 08/22/2018, 1300 CDT
Registration: N7954W
Aircraft: Piper PA-28-235
Injuries: 2 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On August 22, 2018, about 1300 central daylight time, a Piper PA-28-235, N7954W, sustained substantial damage during a forced landing after a partial loss of engine power during cruise flight about 14 nautical miles (nm) southeast of Little Rock, Arkansas. The pilot and passenger received serious injuries. The airplane was owned and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the flight, which was on a visual flight rules flight plan. The flight departed from the North Little Rock Municipal Airport (ORK), North Little Rock, Arkansas, about 1240 and was en route to the Pine Bluff Regional Airport Grider Field (PBF), Pine Bluff, Arkansas.

While en route to PBF, the pilot reported to air traffic control that the airplane was experiencing a partial loss of engine power. The air traffic controller advised the pilot that the closest airfield was about 2 to 3 nm east of the pilot's position. The pilot executed a forced landing to a grass covered field on an island in the Arkansas River. During the forced landing, the airplane impacted rough terrain.

At 1253, the surface weather observation at the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport (LIT), Little Rock, Arkansas, was: wind variable at 5 knots; visibility 10 miles; few clouds at 3,500 ft; scattered clouds at 25,0000 ft; temperature 29° C; dew point 19° C; and altimeter 30.16 inches of mercury. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N7954W
Model/Series: PA-28-235
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: James Brown
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: LIT, 266 ft msl
Observation Time: 1253 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 14 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C / 19°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 3500 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , Variable
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.16 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Departure Point: Little Rock, AR (ORK)
Destination:  Pine Bluff, AR (PBF)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Serious
Latitude, Longitude:  34.543611, -92.131111

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