Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee, N4216J: Accident occurred June 25, 2021 near North Houston Airport (9X1), Porter, Montgomery County, Texas

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; Houston, Texas

Location: Porter, Texas
Accident Number: CEN21LA293
Date and Time: June 25, 2021, 10:00 Local 
Registration: N4216J
Aircraft: Piper PA-28-140 
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On June 25, 2021, about 1000 central daylight time, a Piper PA-28-140, N4216J, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near North Houston Airport (9X1) Porter, Texas. The pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

According to the pilot, the preflight, taxi, and run-up checks were normal, and the airplane was lined up on the runway for takeoff. Full engine power was applied with the brakes held and engine instruments checked before takeoff. After brake release the airplane accelerated to takeoff speed and they rotated and began to climb. During the initial climb the airspeed was not increasing and the pilot discontinued the climb, made a turn to avoid trees, and decided to land the airplane on a nearby construction site. During the landing to the construction site the airplane struck an embankment. The fuselage and left wing received substantial damage.

The airplane will be examined once recovered from the accident site.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper 
Registration: N4216J
Model/Series: PA-28-140 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
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Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

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Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None 
Latitude, Longitude:30.153375,-95.321989 


  1. This is not what happened. I was there. They did the run up and it sounded like it had a bad magneto. During the magneto check it was popping and sputtering. Then they decided to take off. The airplanes climbed into ground effect. It didn’t have enough power to climb out of ground effect. Then crashed as described.

    1. carb heat cable broke, and with 25 degrees flaps as used in a short field take off you won't get airspeed in summer.

  2. I am a CFI MEI ATP pilot. 20K plus hours. Here is the true story as it happened.
    I was on the ramp moving some airplanes to the hanger. The aircraft taxied to runway 17. They did their run up. They had an unsuccessful mag check. One mag was popping and sputtering. They tried it several times. Then for some reason the decided to take off on runway 17. It took them 1800 feet to rotate. Climbed into ground effect and stayed in ground effect. I did not see the rest of the accident. I heard the impact and went to the scene of the accident. What a mess.

    1. I was there too, but I never heard any sputtering coming from the engine. I remember seeing them taxi and hold short.