Friday, September 03, 2021

Loss of Engine Power (Total): Piper PA-38-112, N567N; accident occurred September 03, 2020 in Reserve, Baptist Parish, Louisiana

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baton Rouge, Louisiana 

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Reserve, Louisiana
Accident Number: CEN20CA386
Date & Time: September 3, 2020, 20:50 Local 
Registration: N567N
Aircraft: Piper PA-38-112
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of engine power (total)
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal


The pilot reported to a Federal Aviation Administration inspector that about 5 miles from the airport the airplane engine began to have trouble, so he turned on the electric fuel pump. He switched fuel tanks, but the engine still lost power. The pilot was unable to make it to the airport, so he conducted a forced landing to a marsh/swamp. Due to the accident location, an on-scene examination of the airplane was not conducted, and the airplane was not recovered.

The pilot did not return a completed National Transportation Safety Board Pilot/Operator Aircraft Accident/Incident Report Form 6120.1 as requested.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The loss of engine power for undetermined reasons.


Not determined (general) - Unknown/Not determined

Factual Information

History of Flight

Enroute Loss of engine power (total) (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land 
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None 
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: Class 3
Last FAA Medical Exam: April 4, 2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: (Estimated) 200 hours (Total, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N567N
Model/Series: PA-38-112 112
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 
Amateur Built:
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal 
Serial Number: 3879A0407
Landing Gear Type: 
Tricycle Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: Unknown 
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 12499 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 
Engines: 1
Airframe Total Time: 
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
Engine Model/Series: 0-235 SERIES
Registered Owner:
Rated Power: 115 Horsepower
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC) 
Condition of Light: Dusk
Observation Facility, Elevation:
Distance from Accident Site:
Observation Time: 
Direction from Accident Site:
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: / 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:  /
Wind Direction: 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:  /
Altimeter Setting:
Temperature/Dew Point:
Precipitation and Obscuration:
Departure Point: 
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Destination: New Orleans, LA 
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 
Type of Airspace:

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: 30.07068,-90.560638(est)

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