Saturday, October 13, 2018

Piper PA-32R-301T, N782SW: Accident occurred June 09, 2017 in Dalhart, Texas

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

Additional Participating Entity:

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

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms 
 
http://registry.faa.gov/N782SW


Location: Dalhart, TX
Accident Number: CEN17LA226
Date & Time: 06/09/2017, 1505 CDT
Registration: N782SW
Aircraft: PIPER PA 32R-301T
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Powerplant sys/comp malf/fail
Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On June 9, 2017, about 1505 central daylight time, a Piper PA-32R-301T, N782SW, experienced a loss of engine power during cruise flight. The airplane impacted terrain during a forced landing to a field near Dalhart, Texas. The airplane received substantial damage. The pilot was uninjured, and the passenger sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated by the pilot under 14 Code of Federal Regulations as a personal flight that was operating on a visual flight rules flight plan. The flight originated from Dalhart Municipal Airport (DHT), about 1456, and was destined to Angel Fire Airport (AXX), Angel Fire, New Mexico.

A National Transportation Safety Board Pilot/Operator Accident/Incident Report was not received from the pilot.

A Federal Aviation Administration inspector reported that the airplane was in cruise flight when the engine's forward main seal (crankshaft seal) began to leak engine oil. The engine lost power shortly afterward, and the pilot performed a forced landing to a field about five miles west of DHT. A post-accident photo of the seal shows that the bottom half of the seal slipped forward from its placement. The airplane exterior was covered with engine oil.

The airplane was powered by a Lycoming TIO-540-S1AD, serial number L-7309-61A, engine. An engine logbook entry dated November 14, 2016, with a tachometer time/total time of 5,995.01 hours, showed an "oversized" front crankshaft seal, part number LW-15628P50, was installed. The next logbook entry was dated March 6, 2017, with a tachometer/total time of 5,998.0 hours, for an annual inspection performed by the same mechanic that installed the crankshaft seal. The airplane accumulated about 22 hours since the replacement of the seal, with a total time of 6,016.8 hours at the time of the accident. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 50, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Unknown
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: 
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/24/2016
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: 645 hours (Total, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: PIPER
Registration: N782SW
Model/Series: PA 32R-301T
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1983
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 32R-8429001
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats:
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 03/06/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3600 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 19 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 6016.8 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT:
Engine Model/Series: TIO-540-S1AD
Registered Owner: ELLIOTT FAMILY AIRCRAFT LLC
Rated Power: 300 hp
Operator: Pilot
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: DHT, 3991 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 5 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1453 CDT
Direction from Accident Site: 90°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 6 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: / None
Wind Direction: Variable
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.86 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 35°C / 9°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Dalhart, TX (DHT)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Destination: Angel Fire, NM (AXX)
Type of Clearance: VFR Flight Following
Departure Time: 1456 CDT
Type of Airspace:

Airport Information

Airport: Dalhart Municipal Airport (DHT)
Runway Surface Type:
Airport Elevation: 3991 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Vegetation
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing:  Forced Landing 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 36.011944, 102.642222 (est)

NTSB Identification: CEN17LA226
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, June 09, 2017 in Dalhart, TX
Aircraft: PIPER PA 32R-301T, registration: N782SW
Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On June 9, 2017, about 1505 central daylight time, a Piper PA-32R-301T, N782SW, impacted terrain following a loss of engine power near Dalhart, Texas. The pilot was uninjured and the passenger sustained minor injuries. The airplane received substantial damage. The airplane was operated by the pilot under 14 Code of Federal Regulations as personal flight that was operating on a visual flight rules flight plan. The flight originated from the Dalhart Municipal Airport (DHT), about 1456, and was destined to Angel Fire Airport (AXX), Angel Fire, New Mexico.

The airplane was in cruise flight when the engine's forward main seal began to leak oil. The engine lost power shortly afterward. The pilot performed a forced landing to a field about 5 miles west of DHT.

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