Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee C, N818TF: Accident occurred June 28, 2021 in Woodland, Haywood County, Tennessee

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; Nashville, Tennessee

Old School Aircraft LLC

Location: Woodland, TN 
Accident Number: ERA21LA273
Date & Time: June 28, 2021, 16:45 Local 
Registration: N818TF
Aircraft: Piper PA-28-180 
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper 
Registration: N818TF
Model/Series: PA-28-180 
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: KMKL,433 ft msl
Observation Time: 16:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 9 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 30°C /21°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 7000 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 150°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.11 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Departure Point: Jackson, TN (KLR)
Destination: Woodland, TN

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: 35.590358,-89.100681 (est)

HAYWOOD COUNTY, Tennessee – A single-engine aircraft with a student pilot at the controls crashed east of Brownsville Monday afternoon. The 18-year-old pilot, whose name has not been released, survived the mishap with what are believed to be minor injuries.

The flight originated at Jackson’s McKellar-Sipes Regional Airport and crashed in a wooded area just off Highway 70 East near Exit 66 about 5pm Monday.

The young man managed to get out of the airplane and walk to Highway 70 where he was able to call for help.

The crashed Piper PA-28-180 Cherokee C took a while to find because it was obscured in trees. It didn’t catch on fire.

Shane Richards, who owns the flight school and the airplane that crashed, said the pilot may have had engine trouble and was apparently trying to land in a farmer’s field.

The teenager was certified to fly solo and was flying alone. He sustained lacerations to his head and was taken to a Jackson hospital by ambulance.

Haywood County Sheriff Billy Garrett Jr. said the crash will be investigated by the FAA.

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