Friday, April 02, 2021

Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee, N7274F: Accident occurred April 01, 2021 near Augusta Municipal Airport (3AU), Butler County, Kansas

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; Wichita, Kansas

Pray Aviation Inc


Location: Augusta, KS 
Accident Number: CEN21LA175
Date & Time: April 1, 2021, 16:30 Local 
Registration: N7274F
Aircraft: Piper PA-28-140 
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On April 1, 2021, about 1630 central daylight time, a Piper PA-28-140, N7274F, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Augusta, Kansas. The pilots were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot-in-command reported that he was performing a practice VOR/DME-A instrument approach into Augusta Municipal Airport (3AU) with a safety pilot onboard. Shortly after the airplane passed the final approach fix inbound, the engine lost power. The pilot’s efforts to restore engine power were not successful. The pilot-in-command executed a forced landing to a field.

The right wing struck a fence post during the landing resulting in substantial damage to the fuselage and right wing.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N7274F
Model/Series: PA-28-140 NO SERIES 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: 
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: 3AU,1328 ft msl 
Observation Time: 16:15 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 1.5 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 15°C /-6°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / 15 knots, 150°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.42 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Blackwell, OK (BKN) 
Destination: Augusta, KS

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 37.65588,-97.0599 (est)

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