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Piper PA-28R-200 Arrow, N9341N: Accident occurred August 27, 2020 near Six Oaks Airport (NC67), Buncombe County, North Carolina

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; Charlotte, North Carolina

Location: Fletcher, NC 
Accident Number: ERA20LA302
Date & Time: August 27, 2020, 11:54 Local 
Registration: N9341N
Aircraft: Piper PA28R
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On August 27, 2020, about 1154 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA28R-200, N9341N, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Fletcher, North Carolina. The pilot and pilot-rated passenger were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

According to the pilot, they departed from Air Harbor Airport (W88), Greensboro, North Carolina about 0930. He reported that the flight to Six Oaks Airport (NC67), Fletcher, North Carolina, which was about an hour and a half, was uneventful and that everything was "normal."

After dropping off items at NC67, the pilot and passenger boarded the airplane, and decided to depart from runway 06, a 2,600 ft-long turf runway, since the winds were light and variable. Furthermore, the owner of the property advised that they should depart from that runway because several obstacles were located off the departure end of the reciprocal runway. The pilot noted that the turf was "a little bit soft," because of recent rainfall, but it seemed solid. Before takeoff, the pilot performed an engine run-up with no anomalies noted and set the flaps at 25° for a soft field takeoff.

The pilot applied full throttle for takeoff, and noted that the airplane was "slow" to accelerate, he thought because of the soft turf. As the airspeed increased to 55-60 knots the pilot performed a soft field takeoff. He noted that as the airplane was in ground effect, it was not accelerating. He raised the landing gear in an attempt to increase performance, but the airplane began to settle. He stated that the engine "was not making power." The airplane descended into a corn field off the departure end of the runway and impacted the ground, resulting in substantial damage to the wings and fuselage.

The airplane was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N9341N
Model/Series: PA28R 200 
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: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: AVL,2170 ft msl 
Observation Time: 11:54 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 5 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 25°C /21°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.18 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Fletcher, NC (NC67)
Destination: Greensboro, NC (W88)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 35.470001,-82.447776 (est)

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