Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Piper PA-28R-201, N43793: Incident occurred February 05, 2021 and Accident occurred August 19, 2019

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland 

Aircraft experienced engine issues and made a forced landing on a road in St. John, Whitman County, Washington.

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Date: 05-FEB-21
Time: 18:27:00Z
Regis#: N43793
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91

ST. JOHN, Washington- On Friday, at approximately 10:25am, the Whitman County Sheriff's office received a report of an aircraft that had made an emergency landing on Lancaster Road, near Kackman Road outside of St John, after experiencing engine trouble.

Deputies responded to the scene and made contact with the pilot of the aircraft, 58-year-old Steven Krauss, from Florida.  Krauss told investigators he left Felts Fields airport out of Spokane at 9:00 a.m., and as he was flying his 1977 Piper Arrow at 6000 feet - the aircraft began experiencing engine problems. Krause was able to successfully land the aircraft in the middle of Lancaster Road without damaging the aircraft.

Local residents assisted Krauss and towed the aircraft off the road to a secured location. The FAA was contacted and advised of the incident and will conduct their own investigation.

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; Spokane, Washington

Location: Spokane, WA
Accident Number: WPR19LA227
Date & Time: 08/19/2019, 1130 PDT
Registration: N43793
Aircraft: Piper PA28R
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On August 19, 2019, about 1130 Pacific daylight time, a Piper PA-28R-20 airplane, N43793, was substantially damaged during a runway excursion at the Felts Field Airport (SFF), Spokane, Washington. The private pilot was not injured. The airplane was registered to the pilot who was operating it as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed and an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed for the cross country flight which departed the Anacortes Airport (74S), Anacortes, Washington, at 0900.

The pilot reported that the approach was normal and he did not experience a hard landing when the airplane made contact with the runway. About halfway down the runway during the rollout, the pilot heard a loud bang and the airplane veered to the right. After exiting to the right side of the runway, the left main landing gear collapsed and the left wing contacted the runway safety area. The airplane came to rest a few feet from the runway surface with the nose landing gear listed to the right side.

A post-accident examination of the wreckage revealed buckling of the left upper wing surface and wing root area. The nose landing gear steering linkage control was damaged. The airplane was relocated to a secure facility for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N43793
Model/Series: PA28R 201
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: KGEG, 2365 ft msl
Observation Time: 1100 PDT
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 4000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 4000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.02 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Anacortes, WA (74S)
Destination: Spokane, WA (SFF) 

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: 47.619167, -117.535278 (est)

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