Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Piper PA-32-260, N3595W: Accident occurred October 11, 2020 at Dekalb-Peachtree Airport (KPDK), Atlanta, DeKalb County, Georgia

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; Atlanta, Georgia 

Location: Atlanta, GA 
Accident Number: ERA21LA019
Date & Time: October 11, 2020, 08:25 Local 
Registration: N3595W
Aircraft: Piper PA32
Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under:

On October 11, 2020, about 0825 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-32-260, N3595W, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident at Dekalb-Peachtree Airport (PDK), Atlanta, Georgia. The pilot and two passengers were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

According to the pilot, he landed at PDK on October 10, 2020, and requested the airplane fuel tanks be topped off. On the day of the accident, he performed a preflight inspection of the airplane with no anomalies noted and taxied the airplane to runway 21R. He “advanced the throttle to full power for takeoff and noted that the RPMs
was producing full power, temps and pressures where in range and that airspeed was alive and increasing as normal.” The pilot stated that after takeoff, the airplane continued to accelerate normally until about 150-200 ft above ground level when he noted an “abrupt reduction in engine noise.” He attempted to land on the remaining runway; however, the airplane departed the runway and traveled about 200 ft into the grass. After the airplane came to rest, the pilot subsequently restarted the engine and taxied the airplane from the grass back onto the runway, where it was towed to the ramp.

The airplane was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N3595W
Model/Series: PA32 260 
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: KPDK,1002 ft msl 
Observation Time: 07:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C /20°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 1000 ft AGL 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 150°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 1000 ft AGL 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.8 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Atlanta, GA 
Destination: Manassas, VA (HEF)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 33.868074,-84.306181 (est)

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