Saturday, December 05, 2020

Piper PA-32-260, N4726S: Accident occurred December 19, 2019 in Florida, Berkshire County, Massachusetts

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; Bradley, Connecticut 

N4726S LLC


Location: Florida, MA
Accident Number: ERA20LA057
Date & Time: December 19, 2019, 19:40 Local 
Registration: N4726S
Aircraft: Piper PA32
Injuries: 3 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On December 20, 2019, about 1940 eastern standard time, a Piper PA-32-260, N4726S, was substantially damaged during a forced landing in wooded terrain near Florida, Massachusetts. The private pilot and two passengers sustained minor injuries. The airplane was registered to a corporation and was operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations part 91 as a personal flight. Night, visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the flight. The flight originated at Long Island MacArthur Airport (ISP), Islip, New York and was destined for Rutland - Southern Vermont Regional Airport (RUT), Rutland, Vermont.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the airplane experienced a complete loss of engine power during cruise flight. The pilot was unable to restart the engine and performed a forced landing in wooded terrain in the Florida State Forest.

An inspector with the FAA responded to the accident site and examined the wreckage. The airplane came to rest in a nose low attitude, resting against hardwood trees. There was structural damage to the fuselage, empennage, and wings. The wings were partially separated from the fuselage. There was no fire.

The 1954 local weather at Pittsfield Municipal Airport (PSF), Pittsfield, Massachusetts, located about 15 miles southwest of the accident site, included clear sky, wind from 300ยบ at 4 knots, visibility 10 statute miles, and altimeter setting 30.55 inches of mercury.

The wreckage was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N4726S
Model/Series: PA32 260
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Night/Dark
Observation Facility, Elevation: PSF,1188 ft msl 
Observation Time: 19:54 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 15 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: -11°C /-16°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , 300°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.54 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: New York, NY (ISP)
Destination: Rutland, VT (RUT)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 Minor 
Latitude, Longitude: 42.663055,-73.017219 (est)

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