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Piper PA-28-235 Cherokee 235, N5078M: Accident occurred March 05, 2022 near Bult Field Airport (C56), Monee, Will County, Illinois

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; Des Plaines, Illinois

Location: Monee, Illinois
Accident Number: CEN22LA135
Date and Time: March 5, 2022, 12:00 Local
Registration: N5078M
Aircraft: Piper PA-28-235 
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On March 5, 2022, about 1200 central daylight time, a Piper PA-28-235, N5078M, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Monee, Illinois. The pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot stated that the flight was to remain in the departure airport traffic pattern. During a climb after takeoff, the engine lost power. He said that he checked the throttle, mixture, and the magnetos. He then made a 180° turn to return to the departure airport and during the approach to the airport, he determined that the airplane was unable to attain the airport. He landed the airplane on a field, and on impact the airplane sustained substantial damage to the motor-mount.

Postaccident examination of the airplane revealed that the left tip fuel tank contained about 23 ounces of fuel, the left main fuel tank level was about 4 inches, the right tip fuel tank contained no useable fuel, and the right main fuel tank contained about 1 inch of fuel. 

The airplane battery switch was turned on, and the fuel gauge indications were: left tip tank – 0 gallons, the left main tank – 5 gallons, the right tip tank – 0 gallons, the right main tank – 0 gallons.

The carburetor was disassembled, and the carburetor bowl contained about 0.4 inch of fuel. 

There was no fuel in the fuel line leading to the carburetor.

There were no mechanical anomalies that would have precluded normal engine operation.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper 
Registration: N5078M
Model/Series: PA-28-235
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
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: IGQ,620 ft msl
Observation Time: 11:55 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 11 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 17°C /6°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 7000 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 13 knots / , 190°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Altimeter Setting: 29.91 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Monee, IL
Destination: Monee, IL

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: 41.377417,-87.67975 (est)

Aircraft lost engine power on departure and made an emergency landing in a field. 

Date: 05-MAR-22
Time: 18:45:00Z
Regis#: N5078M
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91

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