Friday, August 06, 2021

Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee Cruiser, N44245: Accident occurred August 02, 2021 in Amado, Santa Cruz County, Arizona

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; Scottsdale, Arizona

Location: Amado, AZ
Accident Number: WPR21LA301
Date & Time: August 2, 2021, 09:25 Local 
Registration: N44245
Aircraft: Piper PA-28-140 
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On August 2, 2021, about 0925 mountain standard time, a Piper PA-28-140 airplane, N44245, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Amado, Arizona. The pilot and pilot-rated passenger were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that while in level flight, about 6,000 ft above ground level, the airplane developed a sudden and severe vibration. After about 4 to 5 seconds, the pilot reduced the throttle setting and the engine shut down. Immediately thereafter, the pilot initiated a forced landing. The pilot stated his approach was too fast and opted to land in a field on the other side of a tree line and fence. The airplane’s right wing clipped one of the trees and subsequently landed hard, and the nose landing gear collapsed.

Examination of the accident site revealed substantial damage to the right wing. The midsection of the right wing had impact marks and tree twigs were imbedded in openings in the leading edge. The right wing main spar separated at the wing root and the rear spar remained partially attached. The propeller remained attached to the engine and one blade was missing about two-thirds of the blade.

The wreckage was relocated to a secured facility for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper 
Registration: N44245
Model/Series: PA-28-140 
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: KOLS,3932 ft msl
Observation Time: 08:54 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 17 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C /19°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.22 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Amado, AZ 
Destination: Amado, AZ

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 31.65156,-111.04788 (est)

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