Sunday, May 03, 2020

Piper PA-32RT-300 Lance II, N772SG: Incident occurred April 27, 2020 at Huntsville Executive Airport (KMDQ), Madison County, Alabama

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Birmingham, Alabama

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Meridianville, AL
Accident Number: ERA20LA164
Date & Time: 04/27/2020, 1735 CDT
Registration: N772SG
Aircraft: Piper PA32RT
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On April 27, 2020, at 1735 central daylight time, a Piper PA-32RT-300, N772SG, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident at Huntsville Executive Airport / Tom Sharp Jr Field (MDQ), Meridianville, Tennessee. The pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

According to the pilot, while on final approach to runway 36 he determined that the airplane was too high, so he reduced the engine power to idle and performed a forward slip to the left (left rudder application) for about 5 seconds. He then applied engine power; however, the engine did not respond. The pilot stated that there was little time to perform remedial actions to restore power, although he did check the fuel pump and cycle the throttle before executing a forced landing in the field leading up to the runway.

Examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the airplane was intact and came to rest upright in the field about 1,600 ft from the runway threshold. Both wings sustained substantial damage. During recovery, 25 and 7 gallons of fuel were removed from the airplane's right and left fuel tanks, respectively.

The airplane and engine were retained for examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N772SG
Model/Series: PA32RT 300
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: MDQ, 755 ft msl
Observation Time: 1735 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 20°C / 6°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.18 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Panama City, FL (ECP)
Destination: Meridianville, AL (MDQ)

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: 34.845833, -86.557778 (est)

Madison County Sheriff’s deputies and other first responders are on the scene of a plane crash at the Huntsville-Madison County Executive Airport located in Meridianville.

The aircraft originated from Panama City, Florida, and attempted to land in Meridianville.

The pilot was not injured, however, he was treated and released at the scene.

The plane suffered significant damage.

The Federal Aviation Administration has been contacted and will conduct their investigation.

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