Thursday, February 28, 2019

Piper PA-28-181, N2184X: Accident occurred February 26, 2019 at Bowman Regional Airport (KLOU), Louisville, Kentucky

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Louisville, Kentucky

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Louisville, KY
Accident Number: ERA19LA109
Date & Time: 02/26/2019, 1835 EST
Registration: N2184X
Aircraft: Piper PA28
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On February 26, 2019, about 1835 eastern standard time, a Piper PA-28-181, N2184X, was substantially damaged during a runway excursion following an aborted takeoff from Bowman Field Airport (LOU), Louisville, Kentucky. The private pilot and passenger were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

According to the pilot, after performing a pre-flight inspection, he taxied to the active runway for departure. He conducted an engine runup, pre-takeoff checklist and no anomalies were noted. Once he was cleared for takeoff, he advanced the throttle and began the take off roll. As the airplane accelerated through 60 knots and became airborne, the engine stated to run "rough." He elected to land straight ahead on the remaining runway. The airplane over-ran the runway and collided with the perimeter fence.

An examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed that the left wing was broken away from the fuselage. The outboard section of the right wing, which included the aileron, was broken away from the wing assembly. The vertical stabilizer was also broken off of the empennage. The airplane was recovered and retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N2184X
Model/Series: PA28 181
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Louisville Pilots Club Inc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: LOU, 545 ft msl
Observation Time: 1853 EST
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 12°C / 6°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 120°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.25 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Departure Point: Louisville, KY (LOU)
Destination: Lexington, KY (LEX)

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:  38.228056, -85.663611 (est)

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