Sunday, February 03, 2019

Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee, N1715J: Accident occurred November 14, 2018 in Presidio County, Texas

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

Additional Participating Entity: 

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lubbock, Texas

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Presidio, TX
Accident Number: WPR19LA027
Date & Time: 11/14/2018, 1542 CST
Registration: N1715J
Aircraft: Piper PA28
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On November 14, 2018, at 1542 central standard time, a Piper PA-28-140 N1715J, experienced a loss of engine power and the pilot initiated a forced landing to a dry riverbed near Presidio, Texas. The student pilot was not injured. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, as a personal cross-country flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and no flight plan was filed. The flight departed Arlington, Texas, at an undetermined time and was destined for Presidio Lely International Airport (PRS).

The pilot reported that prior to departure, the airplane was fueled with an amount for an estimated 5 hours of flight time for the planned 3 hours and 40-minute cross-country flight from Arlington to Presidio.

About 6 miles from Presidio, the pilot reported that the engine experienced a loss of power. Unable to reach the airport, the pilot initiated a forced landing to a dry riverbed. During the approach, the airplane stalled about 20 ft above ground level and struck vegetation before touching down, coming to rest upright.

The airplane was recovered and moved to a secure storage facility for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N1715J
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: KPRS, 2940 ft msl
Observation Time: 2135 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 6 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 13°C / -11°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , 150°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.37 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Arlington, TX (GKY)
Destination: Presidio, TX (PRS)

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: 29.564167, -104.270000 (est)


  1. Another airframe bites the dust...why push 3+40 when you can stop half way for a bio break and a stretch?

  2. What’s a student pilot doing that far away from his home airport? Sure seems to be a lot of student pilots getting in trouble.

  3. You need three solo flights to get your license. One of which must be 100+ miles.

  4. Yes that's true you need one 100+ mile trip... but this one was 415 nm each way (830 total), and part of it over some pretty desolate and rough terrain. Not sure if I were an instructor I would sign that one off.

  5. And an instructor would have insisted that a flight plan be filed, and one wasn’t.