Wednesday, December 09, 2020

Piper PA-12, N2554M: Accident occurred December 08, 2020 at Black Hills Airport (KSPF), Spearfish, Lawrence County, South Dakota

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; Rapid City, South Dakota

Location: Spearfish, SD
Accident Number: CEN21LA082
Date & Time: December 8, 2020, 10:30 Local
Registration: N2554M
Aircraft: Piper PA-12
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Flight test

On December 8, 2020, about 1030 mountain standard time, a Piper PA-12, N2554M, was involved in an accident near Spearfish, South Dakota. The private pilot and a passenger were uninjured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 maintenance test flight.

An annual inspection and post-inspection runups of the airplane was performed by maintenance personnel and the maintenance test flight was performed by the pilot.

The pilot stated that he performed a run-up prior to takeoff. During the takeoff, he applied full throttle, and the airplane climbed to about 70 ft above the runway. The airplane lost engine power for a few seconds, regained power for a few more seconds, and then the engine quit. He lowered the airplane nose to increase airspeed, and the airplane continued to descend. He tried to flare the airplane, but it experienced a hard landing and impact with the runway. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage.

The airplane was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N2554M
Model/Series: PA12 
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: SPF
Observation Time: 10:15 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 16°C /-11°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 11 knots / , 260°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.09 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point:

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 44.481056,-103.786 (est)

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