Monday, October 22, 2018

Piper PA-46-350P Malibu Mirage, registered to Keystone Aviation LLC and operated by the pilot, N413LL: Accident occurred October 21, 2018 in Hurricane, Washington County, Utah

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Salt Lake City, Utah
Lycoming Engines; Williamsport, Pennsylvania
Piper Aircraft Company; Phoenix, Arizona

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Hurricane, UT
Accident Number: WPR19LA010
Date & Time: 10/21/2018, 1200 MDT
Registration: N413LL
Aircraft: Piper PA46
Injuries: 2 Serious, 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On October 21, 2018, about 1200 mountain daylight time, a Piper PA46-350P, N413LL, experienced an in-flight fire shortly after takeoff from General Dick Stout Field Airport, Hurricane, Utah. The airline transport pilot and one passenger sustained serious injuries, the remaining three passengers were not injured, and the airplane sustained substantial damage during a subsequent forced landing and fire. The airplane was registered to Keystone Aviation LLC., and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. The cross-country flight had a planned destination of Salt Lake City International Airport, Salt Lake City, Utah. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed.

The pilot reported that the preflight inspection, engine runup, and takeoff from Runway 1 were uneventful. He retracted the landing gear once a positive rate of climb had been established, and initiated a left turn to 340°. After reaching an altitude of about 1,200 ft above ground level (agl) he started to smell smoke.

The smell rapidly intensified, and the hydraulic pump annunciator then illuminated. He thought the smoke may have been coming from the hydraulic pump, which he assumed was still inadvertently operating. He selected the gear down lever in an effort to turn off the pump, and a few seconds later the two green main landing gear extension lights illuminated, but he did not receive an indication that the nose gear had extended.

As he began to turn the airplane back to the airport, the engine lost all power. He calculated that he would not be able to glide the airplane back to the runway, so began to look for an alternate landing site. Smoke was now interfering with his ability to clearly see out of the windows, and all he could see was houses, hills, and gullies.

After reaching an altitude of about 400 ft agl, he could see a small field to the right. He maneuvered the airplane for landing in the field, and shortly after touching down, the airplane struck a metal fence and irrigation pipe. The right wing detached, and the airplane came to rest after skidding about 125 ft. All occupants egressed through the upper section of the rear left cabin door, and once the pilot was out, he noticed a fire erupt from the engine cowling. The local fire department arrived a short time later, and were able to extinguish the fire before it reached the cabin.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N413LL
Model/Series: PA46 350P
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: KDXZ, 2884 ft msl
Observation Time: 1756 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 12 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 17°C / 12°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / , 40°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 7000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.14 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Hurricane, UT (1L8)
Destination: Salt Lake City, UT (SLC)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Serious, 3 None
Aircraft Fire: In-Flight and On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Serious, 3 None
Latitude, Longitude: 37.158611, -113.307222 (est)

HURRICANE — A small aircraft with six occupants crash-landed in a field off 920 West in Hurricane Sunday afternoon after the pilot performed an emergency landing when the plane caught fire during flight.

Shortly before 3 p.m. the plane was found crashed in the middle of a field of newly-planted grass and oats behind several homes. The pilot and five passengers were able to get out of the plane and were waiting for help several yards away, according to an eye-witness who was in the area but requested not to be identified.

“I ran toward the plane and saw smoke coming from the front of it and then saw that the passengers and pilot were able to get out and walk to the end of the field,” the witness said.

Two of the plane’s occupants were transported by responding ambulance crews to Dixie Regional Medical Center in stable condition with injuries that were not life-threatening, Hurricane Valley Fire Battalion Chief Nick Wright said.

The witness said that while checking on the group before help arrived, he learned from the pilot that the plane had been on a return flight to Salt Lake City carrying two adults and four teenagers.

During the flight, the plane reportedly experienced an electrical issue that started a fire near the front of the aircraft.

As the pilot was making an emergency landing into the field, one of the plane’s wings struck an irrigation pipe that ran the entire length of the field. Once the pipe became caught on the wing, it was dragged several feet before the wing snapped off and became lodged in the mud alongside the pipe.

Upon landing, the aircraft was still burning. Firefighters from Hurricane Valley Fire District arrived on scene and extinguished the fire, Wright said.

The aircraft is a Piper PA-46-350P Malibu Mirage, according to an October 21st Flight Safety Foundation report.

Hurricane City Police officers also responded and secured the area. Representatives from the police department were not immediately available for additional information.

Incidents involving aircraft are typically turned over to the Federal Aviation Administration for investigation with oversight by the National Transportation Safety Board.

Original article can be found here ➤

HURRICANE — A small plane carrying five people from Hurricane to Salt Lake City went down in a residential area Sunday, but no injuries have been reported, authorities say.

The crash took place near 1000 S. 920 West in Hurricane about 1:30 p.m. Sunday, according to St. George emergency dispatchers.

The pilot of the Piper PA-46-350P Malibu Mirage reported engine trouble and crashed in a residential area, according to Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer. There were no “ground injuries” reported, according to Kenitzer.

Further details about the crash were not immediately available Sunday afternoon. Kenitzer said the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating the crash.

Original article can be found here ➤

1 comment:

  1. Kudos to the pilot. Any landing where everyone walks away is a good landing. He obviously kept his cool and performed an off field landing after an emergency descent and pulled it off.