Saturday, February 9, 2019

Piper PA-28-140, N1697J: Accident occurred January 15, 2019 near South Valley Regional Airport (U42), Utah

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Salt Lake City, Utah

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Accident Number: WPR19LA065
Date & Time: 01/15/2019, 1050 MST
Registration: N1697J
Aircraft: Piper PA28
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On January 15, 2019, about 1050 mountain standard time, a Piper PA28-140 airplane, N1697J, collided on a city street following a partial loss of engine power during a go-around from South Valley Regional Airport (U42), Salt Lake City, Utah. The commercial pilot was not injured. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing. The airplane was registered to a private individual and operated by Cavorite Aviation under the provision of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and no flight plan was filed for the local flight.

The pilot reported that he was practicing touch-and-go landings on runway 16. During the final approach, the airplane was high so he initiated a forward slip to decrease altitude. He reduced the throttle control to decrease engine rpm, however, instead of decreasing, the rpm increased. The pilot opted to initiate a go-around to try and figure out the problem and retracted the flaps and increased full throttle control. The engine would only develop about 1,500 rpm which was not sufficient to maintain altitude. The airplane continued beyond the runway and subsequently landed hard on a road. The landing gear was sheared off and the airplane slid to a stop.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper

Registration: N1697J
Model/Series: PA28 140
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: KSLC
Observation Time: 1054 MST
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: -1°C / -6°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 3100 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , 320°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 4500 ft agl
Visibility:  8 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.14 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Salt Lake City, UT (U42)
Destination: Salt Lake City, UT (U42)

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:  40.619444, -111.992778 (est)

WEST JORDAN — A 42-year-old pilot avoided injuries after his plane went down near the West Jordan Soccer Complex on Tuesday morning.

The man, who is from Lehi, was doing touch-and-go maneuvers in a Piper PA-28-140 at South Valley Regional Airport, according to West Jordan police officer Scott List. The pilot came in high on one of the landings and decided to abort the landing, according to List.

As he pulled up, the plane’s engine died and he fell about 100 feet, landing on the north side of New Bingham Highway near 4000 West, according to List. The plane spun around and ended up on the south side of the highway, List said.

The pilot walked away with no injuries, List said. He was not the owner of the plane, but the plane’s owner was on the scene as of 11:20 a.m., List added.

There were no road closures in the area as of 11:45 a.m., according to West Jordan police dispatchers.

Story and video ➤

WEST JORDAN, Utah — A pilot was able to walk away uninjured after his plane went down near the South Valley Regional Airport, also sometimes known as Airport #2, in West Jordan.

Photos and video, taken by Steven Tomer and shared with KSL, showed the plane, banged up but mostly intact, on the edge of a soccer field near 8000 S. and 4000 W.

West Jordan Police Officer Scott List says the pilot was identified as a 42-year-old man from Lehi. He told police he had been practicing “touch and go” landings at the airstrip when he got into trouble, his approach was too high on one of his landings.

“He can’t safely make the landing, so he aborts that landing to go up and go around again,” List says. “As he does so, as he starts to pull up, his throttle dies – his engine dies on the airplane.”

“It dropped down and hit the north side of New Bingham [Highway] and spun around and ended up on the south side,” List says.

List says the pilot was not the owner of the plane, but said the plane’s owner was on scene shortly after the accident.

Story and video ➤


Anonymous said...

Upon running the "N" number, the plane is a 1976 PA 28R-200 which is a Piper Arrow and not a 140. The way the pilot described the accident sounds like the throttle cable either came disconnected or broke causing the loss of engine rpm control. Glad everyone is OK.

Anonymous said...

My bad, I got the N number wrong. It is a 1968 PA 28-140 after all.