Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Piper PA-31P, N90AP: Accident occurred August 20, 2019 in East Brady, Clarion County, Pennsylvania

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Allegheny

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: East Brady, PA
Accident Number: ERA19LA252
Date & Time: 08/20/2019, 1430 EDT
Registration: N90AP
Aircraft: Piper PA 31P
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On August 20, 2019, at 1430 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-31P, N90AP, was substantially damaged during a forced landing in East Brady, Pennsylvania. The private pilot was not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight that was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The flight departed Doylestown Airport (DYL), Doylestown, Pennsylvania, destined for Lewis University Airport (LOT), Chicago, Illinois.

The pilot stated that the airplane was en route when the left engine experienced a total loss of power. He subsequently performed a forced landing to a field. During the landing, the airplane impacted an electric fence, trees and came to rest 180° from the direction of travel.

Initial examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed that the landing gear had separated and damage was observed to the right aileron, right wing tip, elevator, and left aileron.

The wreckage was retained for further examination.

The pilot held a private pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single- and multi-engine land and instrument airplane. His most recent FAA first class medical certificate was issued October 8, 2018. He reported 1,400 hours of flight experience on that date.

According to FAA records, the airplane was manufactured in 1973 and was powered by two Lycoming TIGO-541, 425-horsepower engines.

At 1430, the weather recorded at Pittsburgh / Butler Regional Airport (BTP), Butler, Pennsylvania, 16 miles southwest of the accident site included wind calm, visibility 10 statute miles, scattered clouds at 4,100 ft, broken clouds at 6,000 ft, temperature 29°C, dew point was 21°C and an altimeter setting of 30.09 inches of mercury.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N90AP
Model/Series: PA 31P Undesignated
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: KBTP, 1247 ft msl
Observation Time: 1830 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 16 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C / 21°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 4100 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 6000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.09 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Doylestown, PA (DYL)
Destination: Chicago/Romeoville, IL (LOT)

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: 40.931111, -79.662222

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