Friday, September 07, 2018

Piper PA-12, N3415M: Accident occurred September 01, 2018 in Greenwood, Pennsylvania

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Greenwood, PA
Accident Number: ERA18LA243
Date & Time: 09/01/2018, 1435 EDT
Registration: N3415M
Aircraft: PIPER PA12
Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On September 1, 2018, about 1435 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-12, N3415M, sustained substantial damage after a collision with terrain near Greenwood, Pennsylvania. The private pilot and two passengers were not injured. The airplane was owned and operated by the private pilot as a personal flight conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the flight. The flight originated from Port Meadville Airport (GKJ), Meadville, Pennsylvania.

According to the pilot, he was flying for about 1 hour when the engine "quit." He attempted to return to GKJ but was unable to maintain altitude. He looked for a clearing, and as he approached an open field the airplane collided with a tree. The airplane then impacted terrain and came to rest inverted.

Initial examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed buckling throughout the airframe. In addition, crankshaft continuity was confirmed from the propeller hub to the accessory section of the engine. Thumb compression was obtained on all cylinders, and spark was generated on the magnetos.

The airplane was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: PIPER
Registration: N3415M
Model/Series: PA12
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: FKL, 1540 ft msl
Observation Time: 1856 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 22 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C / 22°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 10 knots / , 200°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 3100 ft agl
Visibility: 9 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.2 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Meadville, PA (GKU)
Destination: Meadville, PA (GKU)

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:  39.787222, -77.368611 (est)

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