Sunday, September 08, 2019

Piper PA-18-135, N1124: Accident occurred August 30, 2019 in Fairbanks, Alaska

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Fairbanks, Alaska

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Fairbanks, AK
Accident Number: ANC19LA048
Date & Time: 08/30/2019, 1310 AKD
Registration: N1124
Aircraft: Piper PA-18
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On August 30, 2019, at about 1330 Alaska daylight time, a float-equipped Piper PA-18 Super Cub airplane, N1124, sustained substantial damage during a forced landing following a total loss of engine power while in cruise flight near Fairbanks, Alaska. The certificated commercial pilot, the sole occupant, was not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot, under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 when the accident occurred. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and an FAA flight plan had been filed. The flight departed Fairbanks International Airport (PAFA), Fairbanks.

According to the pilot, she had been airborne for about 3 hours when the engine began to sound "funny", and she decided to return to Chena Marina Airport (AK28), Fairbanks. About 13 miles west of Fairbanks, all engine power was lost, and the pilot had to select a heavily forested area as a forced landing site. The airplane subsequently sustained substantial damage to the wings. An initial examination of the engine revealed that the number 3 cylinder had separated from the engine case.

The airplane was equipped with a narrow deck, Lycoming O-320 series engine. A detailed engine examination is pending following recovery.

The closest weather reporting facility is Fairbanks International Airport, (PAFA), Fairbanks, Alaska. At 1353, a METAR from PAFA was reporting in part: wind, 020 at 4 knots; visibility, 10 statute miles; sky condition, few clouds 6,000 ft, few clouds 10,000 ft; temperature, 63° F; dew point 43° F; and an altimeter setting of 30.04 inches of mercury.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N1124
Model/Series: PA-18
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: PAFA
Observation Time: 2153 UTC
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: 17°C / 6°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 6000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , 20°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.04 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Departure Point: Fairbanks, AK
Destination: Fairbanks, AK

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:  64.892500, -148.368889

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