Thursday, October 22, 2020

Piper PA-28-180, N7405W: Accident occurred October 21, 2020 in Show Low, Navajo County, Arizona

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; Scottsdale, Arizona 

Location: Show Low, AZ
Accident Number: WPR21LA020
Date & Time: October 21, 2020, 11:17 Local
Registration: N7405W
Aircraft: Piper PA-28-180 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under:

On October 21, 2020, about 1117 mountain standard time, a Piper PA-28-180 airplane, N7405W, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Show Low, Arizona. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that he was in cruise flight about 8,000 ft above ground level, when there was a loud bang and severe engine vibration. The engine rpm dropped to about 1,700, after which he selected the mixture full rich, fuel pump on, and switched fuel tanks, however, the engine’s rpm maintained only about 1,600 to 1,700 rpm. He declared an emergency and informed Air Traffic Control that he was going make a forced landing on a highway. Subsequently, during the landing roll, the airplane’s right wing struck a barbwire fence.

The airplane was recovered to a secure location for future examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper 
Registration: N7405W
Model/Series: PA-28-180 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KSOW,6415 ft msl 
Observation Time: 11:15 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C /-10°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 10 knots / 15 knots, 240°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 9 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.16 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Departure Point: Marana, AZ (KAVQ)
Destination: Show Low, AZ (KSOW)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 34.265472,-110.00566

SHOW LOW, Arizona (3TV/CBS 5) -- A small plane made an emergency landing on a highway south of Show Low Wednesday morning. 

The Arizona Department of Transportation said the plane landed on eastbound U.S. 60 at milepost 310, which is near the Fort Apache Reservation. According to Ian Gregor with the FAA, the pilot of the single-engine Piper PA-28 made the emergency landing just before 11:30 a.m.

Gregor said the pilot was the only person on the plane and was not injured.

ADOT said U.S. 60 eastbound is closed in the area, but traffic is still able to get around the closure. 


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