Sunday, March 21, 2021

Cessna L-19E Bird Dog, N13FM: Accident occurred March 21, 2019 in Milton, Lafayette Parish, Louisiana

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; Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Location: Milton, LA 
Accident Number: CEN19LA130
Date & Time: March 21, 2019, 11:50 Local
Registration: N13FM
Aircraft: Cessna L19 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On March 21, 2019, about 1150 central daylight time, a Cessna L-19 airplane, N13FM, was substantially damaged when it collided with a tree during a forced landing near Milton, Louisiana. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological
conditions prevailed for the flight, which operated without a flight plan.

According to preliminary information, while cruising about 1,200 ft, the airplane's engine began to run rough. The pilot switched tank, but power was not restored. The engine lost total power, so the pilot performed a forced landing. During the landing, the airplane collided with a tree resulting in substantial damage to the wing spar.

The airplane was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N13FM
Model/Series: L19 E
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: KLFT, 42 ft msl
Observation Time:
Distance from Accident Site: 8 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C /4°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots / , 320°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.19 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 30.093334,-92.076942 (est)

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