Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Cessna 140, N72129: Accident occurred July 26, 2021 near Murfreesboro Municipal Airport (KMBT), Rutherford 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

Location: Murfreesboro, TN
Accident Number: ERA21LA300
Date & Time: July 26, 2021, 14:00 Local 
Registration: N72129
Aircraft: Cessna 140 
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On July 26, 2021, about 1400 central daylight time, a Cessna 140, N72129, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The airline transport pilot was seriously injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

According to the pilot, he completed a preflight inspection of the airplane prior to the flight with no anomalies noted. In addition, he stated there was about 14 gallons of fuel in the airplane and 4 quarts of oil. On the initial climb after the second takeoff, about 100 ft above ground level, the engine “sputtered,” lost total power, and the propeller continued to turn. The pilot executed a forced landing onto a road; however, during the approach the airplane struck a wire pitching the airplane down and impacting the road. The airplane slid about 300 ft and came to rest in the upright position. The airplane incurred substantial damage to the fuselage and wing struts.

The airframe and engine were recovered and will be examined.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N72129
Model/Series: 140
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file 
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: MQY,543 ft msl
Observation Time: 08:56 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C /24°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 2100 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.04 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Murfreesboro, TN
Destination: Murfreesboro, TN

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious 
Latitude, Longitude: 35.887134,-86.370303 (est)

1 comment: