Tuesday, June 01, 2021

Piper J4A Cub Coupe, N8501Z: Accident occurred May 30, 2021 at Eppley Airfield (KOMA), Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska

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; Lincoln, Nebraska Location: Omaha, NE
Accident Number: CEN21LA242
Date & Time: May 30, 2021, 09:55 Local
Registration: N8501Z
Aircraft: Piper J4A 
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On May 30, 2021, about 0955 central daylight time, a Piper J4A airplane, N8501Z, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident near Omaha, Nebraska. The pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

During the preflight, the pilot reported that he filled the main fuel tank to the top and the auxiliary fuel tank had four gallons of fuel inside. The pilot planned on departing from the North Omaha Airport (3NO), Omaha, Nebraska, for flight operations in the airport’s traffic pattern. Before the takeoff, the fuel selector was positioned for the main fuel tank. During the takeoff, the airplane traveled about three quarters down the runway and climbed to about 300 ft above ground level. The engine sputtered once and stopped producing power. The pilot switched the fuel selector to the auxiliary tank and unsuccessfully tried to restart the engine.

The pilot maneuvered the airplane for a forced landing and the airplane came to rest in a heavily wooded area. The pilot reported that fuel was pouring in the cockpit after the airplane came to rest and he quickly egressed from the cockpit. The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings and the fuselage. The wreckage was recovered from the accident site for a future examination of the airframe, engine, and propeller.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper 
Registration: N8501Z
Model/Series: J4A
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KBTA,1299 ft msl
Observation Time: 09:55 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 5 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 13°C /9°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.23 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Omaha, NE 
Destination: Omaha, NE

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor 
Latitude, Longitude: 41.369612,-96.022191

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