Tuesday, November 09, 2021

Piper PA-28-151, N40831: Accident occurred November 09, 2021 and Incident occurred December 11, 2019

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; Tampa, Florida

Cirrus Aviation Inc 

Location: Sarasota, Florida
Accident Number: ERA22LA054
Date and Time: November 9, 2021, 16:05 Local
Registration: N40831
Aircraft: Piper PA28 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional

On November 9, 2021, about 1605 eastern standard time, a Piper PA-28-151, N40831, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Sarasota, Florida. The student pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight.

The student pilot reported that he was returning to his home airport toward the end of a roundtrip cross-country flight. While turning from left downwind leg to left base leg of the airport traffic pattern, with 10° flap extension, he noticed that the throttle lever was stuck at the 2,000-rpm position. He then turned on to final approach with 25° flap extension and realized that the descent rate was too great, and that the airplane was not going to make it to the runway. He completely retracted the flaps to reduce drag and checked the throttle friction lock to loosen the throttle but was unsuccessful. In an effort to avoid houses at the approach end of the runway, the pilot elected to turn right and ditch in the adjacent bay. The student pilot subsequently egressed and the airplane sank.

The wreckage was subsequently recovered from the bay and examined by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector. The inspector noted substantial damage to the right wing. He also observed that the throttle cable was jammed inside its housing. The throttle cable with housing was retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N40831
Model/Series: PA28 151 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Pilot school (141)
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KSRQ,28 ft msl
Observation Time: 15:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 2 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C /13°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / , 70°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 6000 ft AGL
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.11 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Sebring, FL (SEF)
Destination: Sarasota, FL

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 27.404726,-82.58559 (est)

SARASOTA, Florida - A pilot was forced to make an emergency landing in Sarasota Bay, airport officials confirm.

According to officials at Sarasota Bradenton International Airport, a small plane went down in the bay near Florida Boulevard. The plane is a Piper PA28-151 that took off from Sebring approaching to land at SRQ. 

When rescue arrived they found the pilot on the wing of the aircraft with no injuries. It was a flight training situation but the pilot was the only one on board.

The plane landed approximately 40 feet offshore, in 3-5 feet of water. No damage was caused to any property and the pilot was not hurt.

NTSB gave permission for the plane owner to have it removed and they will follow up for the investigation. The plane is registered to Cirrus Aviation at SRQ.


BRADENTON, Florida  – A pilot is uninjured after having to make a landing in Sarasota Bay.

According to Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office, 25-year-old Bens Leche-Garcia was piloting a single-engine plane from Sebring to Sarasota when he reported a lack of throttle control as he approached Sarasota Bradenton International Airport.

The sheriff’s office said in a release, Leche-Garcia made the decision to land the plane in the bay, since he felt he could not make it to Sarasota Bradenton International Airport.

The pilot landed approximately 40 feet offshore, in 3-5 feet of water.

According to the sheriff’s office, there was no damage caused to any property and the pilot was not hurt.

NTSB gave permission for Leche-Garcia to have the plane removed and they will follow up with an investigation.

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Tampa, Florida 

December 11, 2019:  Aircraft landed in pasture in Sarasota, Florida.

Cirrus Aviation Inc

Date: 11-DEC-19
Time: 17:30:00Z
Regis#: N40831
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91


  1. This guy is great on water landings. He needs to go for his seaplane license next.

  2. Wondering if “lack of throttle” meant too much or not enough throttle. Early radial engines (ones where the crankcase spun with the propeller) had no throttle all at. They just turned the ignition off and on to control total power.
    Seems that if he had the power to make it to an airport there could have been far less drama or insurance claim.

    1. More likely reduced throttle on approach and could not increase back, based on looking at ADS-B. Same thing that supposedly caused N100ZW to hit the chute.


    2. Yes, it does seem that if he landed at airport instead of the bay there could have been far less drama or insurance claim. If engine responded to throttle, it would have been much better than engine not responding. My exact observation is same as yours. Probably had water damage too.

  3. I'm surprised it didn't flip over. Hard to keep it upright with fixed gear. Lucky for him as upside down he may not have gotten out alive!!


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