Sunday, January 27, 2019

Piper PA-32RT-300T, owned by Stew Industries LLC and operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight, N39650: Accident occurred January 27, 2019 near Austin Executive Airport (KEDC), Texas

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

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Austin, TX
Accident Number: CEN19LA076
Date & Time: 01/27/2019, 1514 CST
Registration: N39650
Aircraft: Piper PA32RT
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On January 27, 2019, at 1514 central daylight time, a Piper PA-32RT-300T airplane, N39650, suffered a loss of engine power resulting an off-field landing and collision with a parked vehicle near Austin, Texas. The pilot received minor injuries and the airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was owned by Stew Industries, LLC. and was being operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and the flight was not operated on a flight plan. The flight originated from the Austin Executive Airport (EDC), Austin, Texas, with an intended destination of Taylor Municipal Airport (T74), Taylor, Texas.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N39650
Model/Series: PA32RT 300T
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: edc
Observation Time: 1515 CST
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C / -1°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Unknown
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling: Unknown
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.94 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point:

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:

PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (KXAN) — A pilot of a small plane was forced to do a crash landing in Pflugerville shortly after taking off from Austin Executive Airport Sunday afternoon.

Austin-Travis County EMS first tweeted about the crash that happened around the area of 5500 Pleasanton Parkway just before 3:30 p.m. The area is just east of State Highway 130.

One person was on board and had minor injuries. 

A spokesperson with the Texas Department of Public Safety said the pilot took off from Austin Executive Airport, but the reason for the abrupt landing is unknown.

It landed in a residential area and hit a parked car, a spokesperson with the Federal Aviation Administration said. 

The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the situation.

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Anonymous said...

Wow, pilot is damn lucky there was no post-crash fire. I bet the right wing hit those wires or a pole to rip it off like that. Glad the pilot is alright.

GordieJet said...

Don't see any gas all over the ground next to broken off wing.

Anonymous said...

Fuel tank wasn’t breached.

Anonymous said...

But the fuel lines would have either fractured or separated the fitment from the tank. And with the way the tank is sitting it would have to be near empty for nothing to come out the fitment.

Anonymous said...

Who in their right would takeoff with the tanks nearly empty? As soon as you would make a turn it would un-port the tank causing it to suck air and make the engine sputter & quit. Not to say it hasn't been done before. Another legacy A/C bites the dust. Once they're all gone and only Cirrus SR20 & 22's are left, who can afford $400+/hr to rent one? Not this guy!

Anonymous said...

Maybe that's why they crashed - ran out of gas, engine died, wing ripped off and no fuel leakage and no fire because fuel didn't exist at that point!

Anonymous said...

There was fuel in both wings, and the tank was breached on the right wing. Fuel was leaking out and evaporating. Fuel can leak out on the ground without a fire or explosion. The plane had over 25 gallons of fuel during takeoff. The engine power loss did not occur during a turn. The engine had power to the ground, so it did not run out of gas. The Piper Turbo Lance II sinks very fast with reduced engine power, and is very difficult to land even with engine power because of the T tail. The right wing came off because there was not enough room to clear a car on the right side and miss the power lines. The car had minimal damage. If the plane was closer to the road, the car could have been cleared, and the plane would have not been damaged. This was the most suitable place to land. The fields in the area were rough, wet, and not level. The pilot and no one else was hurt on the ground. Because of quick and good decisions, no one died. The NTSB is reviewing the plane to determine the actual cause of power loss in the engine.