Sunday, September 13, 2020

Piper PA-32R-301T Turbo Saratoga SP, N3576X: Accident occurred September 07, 2020 near Jones Field Airport (F00), Bonham, Fannin 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; Dallas, Texas

4D Aviation LLC

Location: Bonham, TX
Accident Number: CEN20LA384
Date & Time: 09/07/2020, 0810 CDT
Registration: N3576X
Aircraft: Piper PA32R
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On September 7, 2020, about 0810 central daylight time, a Piper PA-32R airplane, N3576X, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Bonham, Texas. The pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

According to the pilot, the airplane was on its first flight after maintenance work was completed, which included the replacement of the engine exhaust. Shortly after departure, the pilot noted high TIT and CHT temperatures. The pilot then decided to return to the airport; however, about 2 miles short of the airport, the engine experienced a total loss of power. During the forced landing the landing gear collapsed in the soft terrain. An initial inspection of the airplane found substantial damage to the right wing, the landing gear had collapsed, and the propeller blades were bent.

The airplane and engine were recovered and will be examined.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N3576X
Model/Series: PA32R 301T
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: 4D Aviation LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

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Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
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An investigation is underway after the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) was notified of a plane crash that occurred on Monday morning.

“The crash occurred September 7th at 11 a.m., however, DPS wasn’t notified until Tuesday morning,” said Patrol Sgt. Mark Tackett. 

According to reports, the Piper PA-32R-301T Turbo Saratoga SP took off from Jones Field and for an unknown reason crashed half a mile east of the airstrip. 

Tackett said the pilot, Christopher Davis nor the passenger Steven Hale reported the crash. 

“The crash was reported by a witness and as far as we are aware there were no injuries,” added Tackett. 

The incident is under investigation. 

1 comment:

  1. Pilot, LLC agent is KRISTOPHER LANCE DAVIS, not Christopher.