Thursday, July 04, 2019

Cessna 140, N3725V: Accident occurred July 04, 2019 in Reeves, Allen Parish, Louisiana

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Reeves, LA
Accident Number: CEN19LA206
Date & Time: 07/04/2019, 1145 CDT
Registration: N3725V
Aircraft: Cessna 140
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On July 4, 2019, about 1145 central daylight time, a Cessna 140 airplane, N3725V, was damaged during a nose-over during a precautionary landing near Reeves, Louisiana. The pilot was not injured. The airplane had damage to the right wing strut, the vertical tail surfaces, and the engine mount. The aircraft was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which was not on a flight plan. The flight originated from the De Quincy Industrial Airpark (5R8), De Quincy, Louisiana about 1120 with St Landry Parish Airport-Ahart Field (OPL), Opelousas, Louisiana as the planned destination.

The pilot reported that he landed at 5R8 to get fuel and to take a break. He noted that he also filled the engine oil at this time. About 15 minutes after departing 5R8, he noticed that the engine oil pressure reading had dropped to near 0 pounds per square inch (psi) from 30 psi about a minute earlier. Using his electronic flight charts, the pilot determined that the nearest airport was 7 minutes away. Due to the wooded area over which the airplane was flying, the pilot elected to make a precautionary landing to a clearing nearby. During the precautionary landing the airplane's right wing strut struck a fence post, the airplane bounced a few times and ultimately nosed over.

After examining the airplane after the accident the pilot found the oil dipstick loose from its proper location.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N3725V
Model/Series: 140 Undesignated
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:
Observation Facility, Elevation:
Observation Time: 1640 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 22 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 32°C / 24°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 2700 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / , 160°
Lowest Ceiling:
Altimeter Setting: 30.04 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Unknown
Departure Point: De Quincy, LA (5R8)
Destination: Opelousas, LA (OPL)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 30.520833, -93.047500

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