Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Piper J3C-65 Cub, N26783: Fatal accident occurred April 26, 2021 at Magnolia Airpark (LS77), Slaughter, East Feliciana 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: Slaughter, LA 
Accident Number: CEN21LA204
Date & Time: April 26, 2021, 17:11 Local
Registration: N26783
Aircraft: Piper J3C-65 
Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On April 26, 2021, at 1711 central standard time, a Piper J3C airplane, N26783, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Slaughter, Louisiana. The front seat pilot was fatally injured and the rear seat pilot was seriously injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The surviving pilot said the airplane belonged to a friend and they were flying it before the owner sold it. He said the airplane started without issue and there were no problems during the pretakeoff run up to full power. He remembered power and airspeed were normal during takeoff and during a left turn after the airplane was in the air. He could not recall anything else about the flight after the left turn.

A witness saw the airplane after it was in the air. When she saw the airplane, it did not appear very high off the ground and appeared to be having trouble “like a car losing control.” The airplane tried to turn to the east and then went up sharply. She thought the airplane may have lost engine power or sputtered at that point. The airplane then quickly turned downward and flew into the ground.

The left wing was twisted, the engine was pushed aft into the firewall, and the engine mounts were broken. The wreckage was retained for examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N26783
Model/Series: J3C-65
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: KBTR,76 ft msl
Observation Time: 16:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 11 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C /14°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots / , 120°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.96 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Slaughter, LA
Destination: Slaughter, LA

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 30.722925,-91.149641 (est)

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation may contact them by email, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email You can also call the NTSB Response Operations Center at 844-373-9922 or 202-314-6290.

SLAUGHTER, Louisiana  (WAFB) - Two people were injured when a small plane crashed at an airfield in the city limits of Slaughter Monday, April 26, according to East Feliciana Parish Sheriff Jeff Travis.

Sheriff Travis said his agency assisted the Slaughter Police Department in responding to the crash.

One person was transported to an area hospital by helicopter and another person was transported by ambulance.

The sheriff said officials in East Feliciana Parish notified the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the crash and federal officials are currently enroute to Slaughter to investigate the crash.

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