Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Piper PA-28R-200, registered to Bartow Municipal Airport Development Authority and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as an instructional flight, N2134T: Incident occurred May 04, 2019 in Winter Haven, Polk County, Florida

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N2134T

Location: Winter Haven, FL
Accident Number: WPR19LA136
Date & Time: 05/04/2019, 1100 EDT
Registration: N2134T
Aircraft: Piper PA28R
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

On May 4, 2019, about 1100 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-28R-200 airplane, N2134T, sustained substantial damage during a forced landing near Winter Haven, Florida. The flight instructor and commercial pilot receiving instruction were not injured. The airplane was registered to Bartow Municipal Airport Development Authority and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as an instructional flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local flight. The flight originated from Bartow Municipal Airport (BOW) Bartow, Florida about 1020.

According to the flight instructor, as they flew toward the initial approach fix for a simulated instrument approach at BOW, the engine started to "sputter." Shortly thereafter, he decided to land at Winter Haven Regional Airport (GIF) Winter Haven, Florida, but was unable to make the runway. A forced landing was accomplished in an open field, about 2 miles northeast from GIF. During the landing sequence, the airplane's left wing sustained substantial damage.

A postaccident examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed about 25 gallons of fuel in the right fuel tank and about 15 gallons in the left fuel tank.

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

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N2134T 
Model/Series: PA28R 200
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KGIF, 145 ft msl
Observation Time: 1053 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 2 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 23°C / 21°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , 200°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.98 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Bartow, FL (BOW)
Destination: Bartow, FL (BOW)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 28.063056, -81.753333 (est)

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