Monday, January 14, 2019

Piper PA-32R-300 Lance, registered to Northern Aviation Ltd and operated by the pilot, N8892E: Accident occurred January 13, 2019 at Lenawee County Airport (KADG), Adrian, Michigan

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

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Adrian, MI
Accident Number: CEN19LA066
Date & Time: 01/13/2019, 1746 EDT
Registration: N8892E
Aircraft: Piper PA-32R-300
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On January 13, 2019, at 1746 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-32R-300, N8892E, experienced a total loss of engine power during a visual approach to runway 5 at Lenawee County Airport (ADG), Adrian, Michigan. The airplane impacted a fence and terrain short of runway 5 and sustained substantial damage. The private pilot received minor injuries. The airplane was registered to Northern Aviation Ltd and operated by the pilot under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. The flight was not operating on a flight plan. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The flight originated from ADG at 1630 and was destined to ADG.

Post-accident examination of the engine (Lycoming IO-540-K1G5D, serial number L-13642-48A) revealed that the crankshaft gear bolt, part number 13S19649, was fractured through. A logbook entry dated August 24, 2013, at a tachometer time of 3,399.87 hours and a time since overhaul of 0 hours, stated that the engine was disassembled, and an AN8-14 bolt was installed. The illustrated parts catalog and mandatory service bulletin 475C for the engine specified an AN8-14A bolt. The tachometer time at the time of the accident was about 3,466 hours. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N8892E
Model/Series: PA-32R-300
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
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: ADG, 798 ft msl
Observation Time: 1753 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: -2°C / -11°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / , 70°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.31 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Adrian, MI (ADG)
Destination: Adrian, MI (ADG)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude:  41.867778, -84.077222 (est)

MADISON TWP. — Two individuals escaped with minor injuries Sunday evening after an airplane they were in crashed due to engine failure.

The two occupants of the Piper PA-32R-300 Lance were returning the the Lenawee County Airport after a day of flying when their engine cut, they said Sunday at the airport. They glided down to the runway but fell short during their final approach, crash landing through a fence prior to reaching the runway near the intersection of Carleton Road and Sand Creek Highway.

The two men declined to be identified.

The crash happened at about 5:40 p.m., Madison Township police said.

The plane is registered to Northern Aviation Ltd. of Wauseon, Ohio, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Justin Manchester of Adrian was headed home, driving on Carleton Road when he stopped at the stop sign at Sand Creek Highway, then heard something like an airplane approaching.

“The next thing I knew, the (plane’s) wheels whizzed past my roof,” he said.

Manchester was driving a Pontiac Bonneville sedan. He said if he had been driving something like the truck that was in front of him, the plane’s wheels probably would have clipped it.

He watched as it glided toward the runway, but he noticed it was “too low.”

The plane hit the grass, then slid into the airport fence, with the nose hitting the ground and the tail pitching up.

He got out of his car and flagged down other drivers, then called 911. Others went to check on the people in the plane. He said the 911 dispatcher asked if the people in the plane were hurt and if it was on fire. He hadn’t gone up to the plane yet and didn’t know if anyone was hurt. It was not on fire.

A Madison Township police officer who happened to be driving by stopped at the scene shortly after he called 911, Manchester said.

He, too, went to check on the plane’s occupants and spoke with the pilot, who said he almost clipped some power lines on the way down. One of the men had a bloody nose.

“I’ve seen car accidents,” Manchester said. “I’d never seen an airplane crash like that.”

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1 comment:

  1. I was taught to not put my flaps in until I had the runway made in an engine-out situation. If it looks like you'll come up a little short, put in all the flaps and it will balloon you up and hopefully help you make the field. Might have made the difference for this pilot.