Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee Cruiser, N98304: Accident occurred August 16, 2021 and Incident occurred March 04, 2020

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; Orlando, Florida 
Piper Aircraft; Vero Beach, Florida

Florida General Aviation Corp

Location: Orlando, Florida
Accident Number: ERA21LA328
Date and Time: August 16, 2021, 20:32 Local 
Registration: N98304
Aircraft: Piper PA-28-140 
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional

On August 16, 2021, about 2032 eastern standard time, a Piper PA-28-140, N98304, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident in Orlando, Florida. The private pilot was seriously injured, and the flight instructor received minor injuries. The airplane was being operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight.

The purpose of the flight was so that the private pilot could accrue flight time to meet the requirements for the commercial pilot certificate. The flight departed North Perry Airport (HWO), Hollywood, Florida about 1855, destined for Orlando Executive Airport (ORL), Orlando, Florida.

During the accident flight, the private pilot was in the left seat, while the flight instructor was in the right seat and was “acting as safety pilot.” Prior to departing HWO, they completed the preflight checklist, added oil to the engine and assured that the fuel tanks were full. They planned to fly to ORL, land, and later return to HWO. About 30 miles from ORL, the flight instructor requested VFR flight following services from air traffic control. He received a weather update and was asked to remain outside the Orlando Class B airspace. As a result, they had to fly around weather that was in the area, and then were eventually handed off to ORL tower at approximately 2020.

As they were approaching the airport, the private pilot was flying the airplane. However, when the airplane reached an altitude of about 700 feet above mean sea level, he determined that the throttle was not responding to his commands. He then alerted the flight instructor and handed over control of the airplane to him.

Once the flight instructor confirmed that the throttle was not responsive, the private pilot went through the emergency checklist while the flight instructor pitched the nose of the airplane up, to decrease the rate of descent. The flight instructor then radioed ORL tower, declared an emergency, and conducted a forced landing. 

When the airplane came to rest, the flight instructor observed that the private pilot was not conscious. He tried to wake him up and began to remove him from the airplane. At some point the private pilot regained some level of consciousness and the flight instructor assisted him to an urgent care center that was located about 100 yards from the accident site. They both received medical attention at the urgent care center and were then transported to a hospital.

The wreckage was retained by the NTSB for examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N98304
Model/Series: PA-28-140
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: 
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: KORL,112 ft msl
Observation Time: 19:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 7 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C /26°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 6000 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 7500 ft AGL
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.94 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR/IFR
Departure Point: Hollywood, FL (HWO)
Destination: Orlando, FL (ORL)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 28.548106,-81.204519 (est)

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Florida

March 04, 2020:; Aircraft landed hard and veered off runway at North Perry Airport (KHWO), Hollywood, Broward County, Florida.

Florida General Aviation Corp

Date: 04-MAR-20
Time: 20:10:00Z
Regis#: N98304
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

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