Saturday, August 25, 2018

Piper PA-32R-301 Saratoga, registered to and operated by the pilot, N2880W: Accident occurred August 23, 2018 near Meadow Lake Airport (KFLY), Colorado Springs, El Paso County, Colorado

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Falcon, CO
Accident Number: CEN18LA348
Date & Time: 08/23/2018, 1254 MDT
Registration: N2880W
Aircraft: Piper PA32R
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On August 23, 2018, at 1254 mountain daylight time, a Piper PA-32R-301 airplane, N2880W, experienced a loss of engine power and conducted a forced landing to a field near Meadow Lake Airport (FLY), Falcon, Colorado. The private rated pilot and the passenger were not injured and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to 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 accident and no flight plan had been filed. The airplane had just departed FLY and was en route to Estherville Municipal Airport (EST), Estherville, Iowa.

The pilot stated that he had flown the airplane from EST to FLY earlier that day and planned to return to EST. He refueled the airplane at FLY and had an estimated 75 to 80 gallons of fuel onboard. During the climb out, about 300 ft above ground level (agl), the engine sputtered and experienced a loss of power. The airplane was unable to maintain altitude so the pilot made a forced landing to a field about ¼ mile north of FLY.

The airplane has been retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N2880W
Model/Series: PA32R 301
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:  KFLY, 6874 ft msl
Observation Time: 1255 MDT
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C / 0°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 12 knots / 18 knots, 270°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.2 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point:  Falcon, CO (FLY)
Destination: Estherville, IA (EST) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries:  2 Minor
Latitude, Longitude:  38.961667, -104.575278 (est)

FALCON – A small plane made an emergency landing in a field near the Meadow Lake Airport east of Falcon Thursday afternoon.

The two people on board the plane were not injured, as the aircraft made a successful landing in a field north of Highway 24 near Judge Orr Road.

Authorities said the Piper Saratoga experienced engine failure, which caused the crash.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office said the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate what caused the engine to fail.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, Falcon Fire Department and AMR medics were called to make sure everyone was safe and that there was no danger of a fire.

Story and video ➤

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. - The El Paso County Sheriff's Office said a plane made an emergency landing near Judge Orr Road and Highway 24 Thursday afternoon, but no injuries were reported.

Two people were seen outside of the plane and were OK, according to a spokesperson with the sheriff's office.

The sheriff's office says it was a Piper Saratoga that took off from Meadow Lake Airport but then had engine failure before crashing in the field.

No injuries were reported.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board were notified -- the FAA will be the investigating agency.

Original article can be found here ➤

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