Thursday, October 4, 2018

Piper PA-24-180, N8371P: Accident occurred October 03, 2018 at Smithville Municipal Airport (0A3), Tennessee

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Nashville, Tennessee

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Smithville, TN
Accident Number: ERA19LA004
Date & Time: 10/03/2018, 1730 CDT
Registration: N8371P
Aircraft: Piper PA 24-180
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On October 3, 2018, about 1730 central daylight time, a Piper PA-24-180, N8371P, experienced a loss of engine power and impacted terrain shortly after takeoff from Smithville Municipal Airport (0A3), Smithville, Tennessee. The airplane sustained substantial damage and the private pilot was seriously injured. The airplane was privately owned and operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and no flight plan was filed for the local flight.

According to the pilot, there was no taxiway at 0A3 so he was delayed several minutes due to some crop dusting airplanes using the runway before he could back-taxi to the run-up area prior to takeoff from runway 24, which was 4,257 feet-long. The pilot completed preflight checks, engine run-up, and takeoff roll with no anomalies noted.

After takeoff, the pilot retracted the landing gear and during initial climb about 300 feet above the runway, the engine stopped producing power, but the propeller continued to "windmill." According to the pilot, there was no time to perform remedial actions to restore power, so he lowered the landing gear and touched down on the remaining runway. The airplane overran the departure end, traveled down an embankment, crossed a road, and came to rest upright in low brush.

According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) records, the pilot held a private pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single-engine land and instrument airplane. A review of the pilot's logbook revealed 834 total hours of flight experience of which 431 hours were in the accident airplane make and model. The wreckage was retained for further examination.

The airplane came to rest 384 ft beyond the departure end of runway 24. The aft portion of the fuselage was fractured and twisted, and the left aileron was bent.

At 1715, the weather reported at Upper Cumberland Regional Airport (SRB), about 14 miles east of the accident site, included wind from 200° at 4 knots, visibility of 6 miles with haze, few clouds at 4,500 ft and 6,500 ft, temperature 29° C, dew point 21° C, and an altimeter setting of 30.06 inches of mercury.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N8371P
Model/Series: PA 24-180 Undesignated
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: KSRB, 1024 ft msl
Observation Time: 1735 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 14 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / 21°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 4400 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , 200°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  6 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.06 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Smithville, TN (0A3)
Destination: Smithville, TN (0A3)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude:  35.985556, -85.809167 (est)

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