Monday, October 22, 2018

Piper PA-22-108, N5581Z: Accident occurred October 20, 2018 in Brownstown, Jackson County, Indiana

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Indianapolis, Indiana

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Brownstown, IN
Accident Number: ERA19LA022
Date & Time: 10/20/2018, 0030 EDT
Registration: N5581Z
Aircraft: Piper PA22
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

On October 20, 2018, about 0030 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-22-108, N5581Z, was substantially damaged when it impacted wooded terrain during a forced landing near Brownstown, Indiana. The student pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Night instrument meteorological conditions prevailed at locations surrounding the accident site, and no flight plan was filed for the solo cross-country flight, which departed from Indianapolis Metropolitan Airport (UMP), Indianapolis, Indiana, on October 19, 2018, about 2230.

According to the student pilot, he departed from his home airport of Crossville Memorial Airport-Whitson Field (CSV), Crossville, Tennessee, about 0730 on October 19, 2018, destined for UMP. He reported that the flight was uneventful, and he had the single fuel tank "topped off" when he arrived at UMP. He spent the remainder of the day in the Indianapolis area for business. About 2230, after a normal preflight inspection and run-up, he departed for CSV.

The student pilot further reported, that while enroute, flying southbound at 3,000 ft mean sea level, everything was nominal with the airplane, until about 60 miles south of UMP, where the airplane lost all electrical power. Then, a few seconds later, the "engine just went quiet," but the propeller continued to wind mill. He cycled the master electrical switch "up and down" and the magneto switch a "couple of times," but power was not restored to either system. He reported that it was "very dark" when the failure occurred, and the only light he could see inside the cockpit was from his dimmed tablet computer. He observed 68 knots displayed on his tablet computer, just prior to the impact with the wooded area. After the impact, the pilot remembered that one of the navigational instruments had a faint back light illuminating the instrument.

According to a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector who examined the airplane at the accident site, the airplane impacted a heavily wooded area and came to rest upright. The engine was co-located with the firewall, and both wings had separated from the fuselage and were found along the debris path. The empennage remained attached to the fuselage and sustained impact damage. The single fuel tank was breached, but a residual amount of fuel remained in the tank and the accident site smelled of aviation fuel. The fuel selector was found in the on position. The throttle and mixture levers were found full forward. There was no evidence of a pre or post-impact fire.

According to FAA airman records, the pilot held a student pilot certificate. He was issued a third-class medical certificate in April 2018. The student pilot reported that his flight instructor did not provide an endorsement for either solo cross-country flight.

According to FAA airworthiness records, the high-wing airplane was powered by a Lycoming O-235-C1 engine and had 2 seats.

The weather conditions reported at 0035 at Madison Municipal Airport (IMS), Madison, Indiana, about 28 miles east of the accident site, included an overcast ceiling at 500 ft above ground, visibility 7 statute miles, wind from 250° at 7 knots, temperature 10°C, and dew point 9°C. Weather conditions reported at 0053 at Monroe County Airport (BMG), Bloomington, Indiana, about 30 miles northwest of the accident site, included an overcast ceiling at 300 ft above ground, visibility 6 statute miles, mist, wind from 250° at 7 knots, temperature 9°C, and dew point 9°C.

The airplane was retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N5581Z
Model/Series: PA22 108
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Instrument Conditions
Condition of Light: Night/Dark
Observation Facility, Elevation: KIMS, 790 ft msl
Observation Time: 0035 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 28 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 10°C / 9°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:  / 500 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 250°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 500 ft agl
Visibility:  7 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.02 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Indianapolis, IN (UMP)
Destination:  Crossville, TN (CSV)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 38.842778, -86.063889 (est)

JACKSON COUNTY, Ind. — A pilot from Tennessee escaped injuries after crashing a small plane in Jackson County early Saturday morning.

According to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Chad Lowe, 31, Crossville, Tennessee, was piloting a 1962 Piper Colt when the aircraft suffered mechanical failure around 1 a.m. Lowe crashed the plane into a dense grove of trees in the Jackson-Washington State Forest near Skyline Drive.

Lowe walked to a nearby residence to get help. He wasn’t hurt in the crash.

Conservation officers and deputies from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department responded to the crash. The Federal Aviation Administration will handle the investigation.

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