Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Piper J3C-65, N49614: Accident occurred August 25, 2019 in Russiaville, Howard County, Indiana

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Indianapolis, Indiana

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


Location: Russiaville, IN
Accident Number: CEN19TA293
Date & Time: 08/25/2019, 1630 CDT
Registration: N49614
Aircraft: PIPER J3C
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On August 25, 2019, about 1630 central daylight time, a Piper J3C airplane, N49614, was substantially damaged during a forced landing to a field near Russiaville, Indiana. The pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane was owned and operated by a private individual under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) flight plan had been filed for the flight. The personal cross country flight departed Frankfort Municipal Airport (FKR), Frankfort, Indiana, about 1615, and was en route to Huntington Municipal Airport (HHG), Huntington, Indiana.

According to the pilot, about 15 miles east of FKR, he noticed oil on the side window and the oil pressure gauge indicated that the oil pressure was dropping. The pilot was not sure that the engine would continue to run in order to fly to the nearest grass strip so the pilot executed a forced landing to a field. The pilot landed with the plowed furrow lines; however, the pilot was not able to stop the airplane before the end of the field. The pilot attempted to ground loop the airplane; the right main landing gear collapsed and the airplane nosed into a fence and corn crop. The right wing ribs and spar were substantially damaged. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: PIPER
Registration: N49614
Model/Series: J3C
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
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: KLAF
Observation Time:  CDT
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C / 14°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 14 knots / 19 knots, 90°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.99 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Frankfort, IN (KFKR)
Destination: Huntington, IN (KHHG)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 40.405278, -86.242778 (est)

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