Monday, October 22, 2018

Piper PA-28-161 Warrior II, N2846A: Incident occurred October 19, 2018 in Pinehurst, Montgomery County, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Houston, Texas

Landed in a field.

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https://registry.faa.gov/N2846A

Date: 19-OCT-18
Time: 16:00:00Z
Regis#: N2846A
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 28 161
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: PINEHURST
State: TEXAS



A Piper PA-28-161 Warrior II being flown by an instructor and student pilot made a precautionary landing on a dirt road in the Magnolia area Friday after the engine started running poorly.

The Texas Flight school instructor and student were practicing flight maneuvers when the engine started acting up.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident, said Howard Davenport, quality assurance manager for Texas Flight school at David Wayne Hooks Memorial Airport in Spring.

Flight instructor Matthew Duggan said this was his first true emergency situation. He landed the plane on a dirt road in a field in the 2200 block of Goodson Loop Road, near the intersection of FM 1774 and Texas 149.

The student, Lauren Bigler, who said her father is in aviation, has logged just over four flight hours.

Bigler said she remained calm when she felt the engine act up and let Duggan take over.

"He did everything he could to make sure we landed safely, and I really appreciate that," Bigler said.

Duggan took over the controls at about 2,000 feet up and was about 1,000 feet up when he decided to make the landing on the dirt access road that was skinnier than the width of the plane.

Duggan estimated he was at about 500 feet when he shut off the engine and committed to landing.

They were about 10 flight miles from their planned landing spot at Hooks Airport.

"When you know you're not going to make it to the airport, you try to find the best place to land safely. This was the closest option," Duggan said.

Mechanics from the flight school were still investigating the engine issue Friday afternoon.

"(It seems like) the problem is mechanical, inside the engine, where it was reducing the amount of power," Duggan said.

Depending on the issue, Davenport said they will either transport the plane back to the airport on a trailer or fly it back.

Davenport also thanked the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office and Texas Department of Public Safety for responding quickly to make sure the pilots were safe. They were dispatched to the scene around 11 a.m.

Bigler said that despite the unscheduled landing, she's ready to go up in the air again — and even has another flight lesson scheduled for tomorrow.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.chron.com


PINEHURST, Texas - A small plane had made an emergency landing near Magnolia early Friday in Pinehurst, officials said.

The plane departed from Hooks Airport and had been in the air for two hours when it started to lose power, officials said. The student pilot onboard described her experience.

"My biggest thought was: Remain calm. The instructor knows exactly what he's doing and how to land the plane. So, I did just that. I remained calm. I didn't speak out of turn. I wanted him to call into (the) tower, make sure all the right avenues were followed, and then he did everything he could to make sure we landed safely and I really appreciate that," the student pilot said. 

Both student and instructor were OK, officials said. The student told KPRC that the experience did not scare her and she plans to go flying again soon. 

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.click2houston.com


Just after 11 am a Piper PA-28-161 Warrior II developed engine trouble while on a training flight. The aircraft had been up about 2-hours after leaving David Wayne Hooks Airport in Tomball. The instructor, Matt Duggan, spotted a long muddy road just off Goodson Loop and SH 249, lined by a barbed wire fence and decided to attempt a landing. The wing just mere feet from the fence as the aircraft landed without any damage. The student, Laura Bigler, said she has been in the air since 10-years-old and wasn’t scared at all. Mechanics responded to the scene and we’re going to try to do a repair. It is believed to possibly been carburetor icing that caused the issue. The Federal Aviation Administration, Magnolia Fire, and MCSO responded to the scene.

Carb ice forms because the pressure drop in the venturi causes the air to “cool,” and draw heat away from the surrounding metal of the carburetor venturi. Ice then can begin collecting on the cooled carburetor throat. This is the same principle that makes your refrigerator or air conditioner work.

Meanwhile, fuel being drawn through the fuel discharge nozzle into the airflow atomizes into very fine droplets that evaporate easily. When the fuel changes from a finely atomized liquid to a vapor it, too, cools—stripping more heat from the surrounding metal.

The result is that the carburetor internal temperature may drop below freezing, even on a warm day. If the ambient air contains sufficient moisture (which can be the case even in seemingly dry air), frost (carburetor ice) can form on the inside of the carburetor.

Read more here ➤ http://montgomerycountypolicereporter.com

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