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Piper PA-36-285, N57607: Accident occurred August 18, 2020 in Ord, Valley County, Nebraska

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; Lincoln, Nebraska

Location: Ord, NE 
Accident Number: CEN20LA381
Date & Time: August 18, 2020, 11:00 Local
Registration: N57607
Aircraft: Piper PA36 Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural

On August 18, 2020, about 1100 central daylight time, a Piper PA-36-285 airplane, N57607, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Ord, Nebraska. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137 agricultural flight.

The pilot reported that the airplane was loaded with 40 gallons of fuel and 155 gallons of chemical for the local aerial application flight. The pilot stated that engine start-up was normal and that the surface wind condition was calm. The pilot reported that he initially noticed some dark/black engine exhaust when he cycled the propeller during his before takeoff engine runup; however, he completed another engine runup and recycled the propeller for a second time and did not observe any anomalies with engine operation or the engine exhaust.

The pilot proceeded with a takeoff on runway 31. He stated that the takeoff roll was uneventful, and that after liftoff he kept the airplane in ground effect while accelerating to a normal climb airspeed. The pilot reported that the initial climb was uneventful until he made his first turn toward the west, at which time he noticed a decreasing airspeed despite the engine and propeller operating normally at a normal takeoff power setting. The pilot stated that the airspeed continued to decrease closer to an aerodynamic stall speed, but he chose not to dump the chemical load because he felt it could have a negative affect on airplane control and cause the airplane to enter an aerodynamic stall. The pilot reported that the airplane's right wing dropped shortly before impact, which was consistent with the airplane at or near aerodynamic stall. The airplane then collided with terrain in a right wing down attitude.

The pilot reported that the weather conditions earlier in the morning at Evelyn Sharp Field Airport (ODX), Ord, Nebraska, had included some rain showers associated with the passage of a weather front; however, at the time of the accident, the winds were calm and there was no precipitation. The airplane was partially disassembled and recovered from the accident site before the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) or National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) were advised of the accident. The airplane and its engine will be examined as part of the ongoing investigation.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N57607
Model/Series: PA36 285 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Agricultural aircraft (137)
Operator Designator Code: 8GMG

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: ODX,2070 ft msl
Observation Time: 10:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 19°C /18°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , 320°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 11000 ft AGL
Visibility: 7 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.2 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Ord, NE (ODX) 
Destination: Ord, NE (ODX)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 41.623611,-98.951942 (est)

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