Sunday, July 05, 2020

Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee, N6530W: Accident occurred July 01, 2020 in Bridgeport, Wise County, Texas

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; Irving, Texas

Location: Bridgeport, TX
Accident Number: CEN20LA258
Date & Time: 07/01/2020, 1930 CDT
Registration: N6530W
Aircraft: Piper PA28
Injuries:3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On July 1, 2020, about 1930 central daylight time, a Piper PA-28-140 airplane, N6530W, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Bridgeport, Texas. The pilot and two passengers were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that after takeoff, about 150 ft. above ground level, the engine seemed to lose power without any associated indication, vibration, or abnormal noise. His attempts to determine the cause of the problem and restore engine power were not successful. He executed a forced landing "to a field of medium-maturity mesquite trees" that resulted in substantial damage to the left wing.

An examination of the engine is planned once the airplane is recovered from the accident site.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N6530W
Model/Series: PA28 140
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: XBP, 864 ft msl
Observation Time: 1935 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 32°C / 24°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 160°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.83 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Bridgeport, TX (XBP)
Destination: Bridgeport, TX (XBP)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Fire:None 
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 None
Latitude, Longitude: 33.162778, -97.824167 (est)

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