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Piper PA-28RT-201 Arrow IV, N42JA: Accident occurred June 12, 2016 near Little Mount International Airport (7KY3), Taylorsville, Spencer County, Kentucky

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

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Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Louisville, Kentucky
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Location: Taylorsville, KY
Accident Number: ERA16LA212
Date & Time: 06/12/2016, 1931 EDT
Registration: N42JA
Aircraft: PIPER PA28RT
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Defining Event: Loss of engine power (partial)
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On June 12, 2016, at 1931 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA 28RT-201, N42JA, was destroyed when it impacted terrain shortly after takeoff from Little Mount International Airport (7KY3), Taylorsville, Kentucky. The pilot received serious injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight destined for Samuels Field Airport (BRY), Bardstown, Kentucky. The flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

Due to his injuries, the pilot did not recall the accident.

A witness located near a hangar about one-quarter of the way down the approximate 1,750-foot-long turf runway, observed the airplane during the takeoff roll. The engine was "sputtering" and the airplane "seemed slow" as it passed by, at an estimated speed of about 30 knots. The witness attempted to contact the pilot using a handheld radio and asked him if he was going to reject the takeoff, but the pilot did not respond. The airplane rotated and climbed briefly, then descended and impacted downward sloping terrain about 500 feet below, and 250 yards beyond the departure end of the runway.

Examination of the accident scene by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed that the grass on the turf runway was between 4 to 6 inches long throughout its length. The airplane came to rest inverted in a wooded area and was mostly consumed by a postcrash fire. The left wing had separated during the impact sequence and was located about 25 feet up the debris path closer to the runway. The left wing contained fuel and was not fire-damaged. Flight control continuity was confirmed from the cockpit to the rudder, elevator, and right aileron, and from the cockpit to the left wing area.

One propeller blade was bent slightly aft near the root, the other was straight. No gouges were observed in the leading edge of either blade. The engine sustained fire damage and the crankshaft could not be rotated by hand.

Capital City Airport (FFT), Frankfort, Kentucky was located about 17 miles northeast of the accident site, at an elevation of 804 feet. At 1953, the reported weather included winds from 330 degrees at 4 knots, temperature 28 degrees Celsius, dew point 21 degrees Celsius. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 70, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land; Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 07/29/2015
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 12/12/2015
Flight Time: 2225 hours (Total, all aircraft), 10 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: PIPER
Registration: N42JA
Model/Series: PA28RT 201
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1979
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 28R-7918110
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats:  4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 07/18/2015, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2749 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 250 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 9000 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO360-CIC6
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 210 hp
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: KFFT, 804 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 17 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1953 EDT
Direction from Accident Site: 66°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 4 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 330°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / 21°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Taylorsville, KY (7KY3)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: BARDSTOWN, KY (BRY)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1931 EDT
Type of Airspace:

Airport Information


Airport: LITTLE MOUNT INTL (7KY3)
Runway Surface Type: Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 750 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Vegetation
Runway Used: 15
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 1750 ft / 70 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude:  38.072222, -85.233889 (est)

NTSB Identification: ERA16LA212
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, June 12, 2016 in Taylorsville, KY
Aircraft: PIPER PA 28RT-201, registration: N42JA
Injuries: 1 Serious.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On June 12, 2016, at 1931 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA 28RT-201, N42JA, was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain shortly after takeoff from Little Mount International Airport (7KY3), Taylorsville, Kentucky. The pilot received serious injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight destined for Samuels Field Airport (BRY), Bardstown, Kentucky. The flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

A witness located near a hangar about 1/4 of the way down the 2,000-foot-long turf runway, observed the airplane during the takeoff roll. The engine was "sputtering" and the airplane "seemed slow" as it passed by, at an estimated speed of about 30 knots. The witness attempted to contact the pilot using a handheld radio, and asked him if he was going to abort the takeoff, but the pilot did not respond. The airplane rotated and climbed briefly, then descended and impacted downward sloping terrain about 500 feet below, and 250 yards beyond the departure end of the runway.

Examination of the accident scene by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed that the grass on the turf runway was between 5 to 8 inches long throughout its length. The airplane came to rest inverted in a wooded area and was mostly consumed by a post-crash fire. The left wing had separated during the impact sequence and was located about 25 feet up the debris path closer to the runway. The left wing contained fuel and was not fire-damaged. Flight control continuity was confirmed from the cockpit to the rudder, elevator, and right aileron, and from the cockpit to the left wing area.

One propeller blade was bent slightly aft near the root, the other was straight. No gouges were observed in the leading edge of either blade. The engine crankshaft would not rotate by hand.

The engine was retained for examination at a later date.

Capital City Airport (FFT), Frankfort, Kentucky was located about 17 miles northeast of the accident site, at an elevation of 804 feet. At 1953, the reported weather included winds from 330 degrees at 4 knots, temperature 28 degrees Celsius, dew point 21 degrees Celsius.

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