Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Piper PA-28-235, registered to and operated by Aten Inc under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as personal flight, N838JH: Accident occurred April 19, 2019 at Dwight Airport (KDTG), Livingston County, Illinois

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Dupage, Illinois

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


Location: Dwight, IL
Accident Number: CEN19LA126
Date & Time: 04/19/2019, 1630 CDT
Registration: N838JH
Aircraft: PIPER PA28
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On April 19, 2019, about 1630 central daylight time, a Piper PA-28-235 airplane, N838JH, collapsed the nose landing gear after landing at the Dwight Airport (KDTG), Dwight, Illinois. The pilot was not injured, and the airplane was substantially damaged during the landing. The airplane was registered to and operated by Aten, Inc, under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time.

The pilot reported to the responding Federal Aviation Administration inspector, that he was in cruise flight at 6,500 ft. The engine started to run rough and the fuel pressure went to zero. He switched fuel tanks, and the engine continued to run. About two minutes later, the fuel pressure again went to zero; he then selected the other right-hand fuel tank. The engine continued to run rough, so he diverted to KDRG.

During the crosswind landing, the nose gear collapsed, and the airplane slid off the runway. Inspection of the airplane noted the collapsed nose landing gear and substantial damage to the engine mount. Fuel was found in 3 of the 4 fuel tanks.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: PIPER
Registration: N838JH
Model/Series: PA28 235
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Aten Inc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation:
Observation Time: 1635
Distance from Accident Site: 16 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 13°C / 1°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 21 knots / 30 knots, 20°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.8 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point:

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: 41.092778, -88.428611 (est)

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