Friday, May 07, 2021

Piper PA-28-161, N54MC: Accident occurred May 06, 2021 at David Wayne Hooks Memorial Airport (KDWH), Harris County, Texas

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; Houston, Texas 

Hoffman Aviation Services LLC


Location: Spring, TX
Accident Number: CEN21LA211
Date & Time: May 6, 2021, 17:07 Local
Registration: N54MC
Aircraft: Piper PA-28-161
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional

On May 6, 2021, about 1707 central daylight time, a Piper PA-28 airplane, N54MC, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident at David Wayne Hooks Memorial Airport (DWH), Spring, Texas. The flight instructor and student pilot were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight.

The flight instructor stated that during rollout of the full stop landing, he noticed a loss of engine power. After exiting the runway, the flight instructor restarted the engine and subsequently noticed a fire that produced smoke and extreme heat in the cabin compartment.

The flight instructor and student evacuated the airplane. Initial examination revealed a damaged engine mount and buckling of the engine firewall. 

The airplane was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper 
Registration: N54MC
Model/Series: PA-28-161
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: KDWH,152 ft msl
Observation Time: 16:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C /13°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 40°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.11 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Spring, TX (DWH)
Destination: Spring, TX

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: On-ground
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 30.061779,-95.552788 (est)

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