Friday, September 28, 2018

Piper PA-32-300 Cherokee Six, N4592X: Accident occurred September 28, 2018 near Bartow Municipal Airport (KBOW), Polk County, Florida

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Bartow, FL
Accident Number: ERA18LA265
Date & Time: 09/28/2018, 1325 EDT
Registration: N4592X
Aircraft: Piper PA32
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On September 28, 2018, about 1325 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-32-300, N4592X, operated by the private pilot, was substantially damaged during a forced landing to a marsh, following a total loss of engine power during cruise flight near Bartow, Florida. The private pilot and passenger sustained minor injuries. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed for planned flight to Tampa Executive Airport (VDF), Tampa, Florida. The flight originated from Boca Raton Airport (BCT), Boca Raton, Florida, about 1230.

The pilot reported that during cruise flight, the engine began to run rough. He notified air traffic control (ATC) and declared an emergency. Shortly after, the engine cowling separated and the pilot observed that a cylinder had separated as oil began to cover the windscreen. Although ATC provided vectors to the nearest airport, the pilot could not see due to the oil, and flew via the instruments to the ground.

Examination of the accident site by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that during the landing in a marsh, the right wing contacted a tree and separated. The inspector also observed a separated cylinder resting near the engine. The engine was retained for further examination.

The six-seat, low-wing, fixed-tricycle-gear airplane was manufactured in 1975. It was powered by a Lycoming IO-540, 300-hp engine, equipped with a constant-speed, two-blade Hartzell propeller. Review of maintenance records revealed that the engine's most recent overhaul was completed on November 14, 2006. The airplane's most recent annual inspection was completed on March 16, 2018. At the time, the engine had accrued 353.58 hours since the overhaul.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N4592X
Model/Series: PA32 300
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: BOW, 125 ft msl
Observation Time: 1356 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 5 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 32°C / 22°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 3000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / , 110°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.07 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Boca Raton, FL (BCT)
Destination: Tampa, FL (VDF)

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:  27.937222, -81.855556 (est)

BARTOW, Fla. — A small plane crashed on Friday afternoon in Bartow, the sheriff's office confirmed.

According to the Polk County Sheriff's Office, the plane crashed around 1:30 p.m. near the Bartow Municipal Airport. The plane reportedly crashed into the southern portion of Lake Hancock.

The plane crashed in shallow, marshy water on the edge of the lake. After the crash, two adult males were seen standing on the wing awaiting rescue. The crash site is not accessible by land. Polk County Sheriff's Office agricultural crimes unit with specialty vehicles and a Polk County Sheriff's Office helicopter coordinated the rescue effort.

Pasco County Fire Rescue officials examined both occupants and report only minor injuries.

Federal Aviation Administration officials say the Piper PA-32-300 Cherokee Six departed from Boca Raton Airport and was headed to Tampa Executive Airport when it crashed.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating, and the National Transportation Safety Board will determine the probable cause of the accident. 

Original article can be found here ➤

1 comment:

daveyl123 said...

Very interesting to see the damage path, plus the loss of the engine, engine mounting and starboard wing structures,but no cabin deformation. Any video?