Saturday, November 17, 2018

Piper PA-28-181, N68DW: Accident occurred October 25, 2018 near New Market Airport (8W2), Shenandoah County, Virginia

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Dulles, Virginia

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: New Market, VA
Accident Number: ERA19LA033
Date & Time: 10/25/2018, 0915 EDT
Registration: N68DW
Aircraft: Piper PA28
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On October 25, 2018, at 0915 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-28-181, N68WD, was substantially damaged when it made a forced landing to a field after a partial loss of engine power shortly after takeoff from the New Market Airport (8W2), New Market, Virginia. The private pilot was not injured. The airplane was registered to a private company and operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the flight that departed at 0850, and was destined for the Luray Caverns Airport (LUA), Luray, Virginia.

The pilot stated that as he climbed thru 2,300 ft, the engine suddenly went to idle power as he was leaning the mixture. He was unable to maintain altitude and tried to return to the airport but landed short in a cornfield. The left main landing gear penetrated thru the top of the wing and separated from the airplane. The nose landing gear collapsed, and the firewall was wrinkled. The right wing was also damaged.

The airplane wreckage was retained for further investigation.

Weather reported at Front Royal Warrenton County Airport (FRR), Front Royal, Virginia at 0935 was reported as calm wind, visibility 10 miles and clear skies. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N68DW
Model/Series: PA28 181
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: FRR, 703 ft msl
Observation Time: 0935 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 26 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 5°C / 2°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.25 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: New Market, VA (8W2)
Destination: Luray, VA (LUA) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude:  38.655000, -78.668333 (est)

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