Saturday, May 18, 2019

Piper PA-18-225 Super Cub (Tubbs S/performance Air Inc), N727WW: Accident occurred April 22, 2019 near McCall Municipal Airport (KMYL), Valley County, Idaho

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. 

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Boise, Idaho

PuddleJumpers LLC 

Location: McCall, ID
Accident Number: WPR19LA120
Date & Time: 04/22/2019, 2020 MDT
Registration: N727WW
Aircraft: Piper PA 18 225 DD
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On April 22, 2019, about 2020 mountain daylight time, a Piper PA-18, N727WW, collided with trees following a loss of engine power about 4.5 miles east of McCall Municipal Airport (MYL), McCall, Idaho. The private pilot was not injured, and the airplane sustained substantial damage. 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 flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the night flight and no flight plan was filed. The flight departed from a private ranch near Challis, Idaho, about 2000, with an intended destination of MYL.

The pilot reported that 10 miles east of MYL he began a cruise descent for landing from 10,500 ft at a reduced power setting. Shortly after the power reduction, the engine continued to run, but did not respond to throttle input. The pilot began to trouble shoot the issue, but the airplane continued to descend. As there was no place to land, other than trees, the pilot concentrated on flying the airplane and to slow it down as much as possible without stalling, thereafter the airplane impacted the trees. While the pilot awaited rescue, he reported that fuel was leaking from the airplane.

The airplane was recovered for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N727WW
Model/Series: PA 18 225 DD No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

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Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Challis, ID (LLJ)
Destination: McCall, ID (MYL)

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: 44.881111, -116.003611 (est) 

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