Monday, April 18, 2022

Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee B, N8891N: Accident occurred April 18, 2022 near Sandy Creek Airpark (75FL), Panama City, Bay County, Florida

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 Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Vestavia Hills, Alabama
Lycoming Aircraft Engines; Williamsport, Pennsylvania
Piper Aircraft; Vero Beach, Florida

Location: Panama City, Florida
Accident Number: ERA22LA194
Date and Time: April 18, 2022, 13:29 Local 
Registration: N8891N
Aircraft: Piper PA-28-140B 
Injuries: 2 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On April 18, 2022, about 1329 central daylight time, a Piper PA-28-140B, N8891N, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Panama City, Florida. 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 a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector, the airplane had not flown “in years” and was stored outdoors at Sandy Creek Airport (75FL), Panama City, Florida. The pilot reported that the airplane had been started and taxied during that time and he had been briefed about the condition and history of the airplane by the owner and an airframe and powerplant mechanic who had completed an annual inspection on the airplane about 2 months prior to the accident. On the day of the accident, the pilot planned to take a short flight in the general vicinity of 75FL Prior to the flight, the pilot checked the fuel and oil quantity. No water or debris was observed in the fuel sampled from the drain ports and about 25 gallons of fuel was on board. Ground operations were unremarkable. The engine ran smooth, and all indications were within limits.

Prior to takeoff, the pilot decided to perform the pre-takeoff checks twice, each followed by a highspeed taxi down the runway to rotation speed, and “The aircraft performed flawlessly.” The pilot then performed a final engine runup and magneto check, lined-up on the runway, advanced to full throttle, and began the takeoff roll. The airplane accelerated and became airborne as expected at 60-65 mph with only slight back pressure. The initial climb rate was 300-500 feet-per-minute and the airplane accelerated to 85 mph, best climb rate.

The pilot continued to allow the airplane to accelerate towards 100 mph for en route climb and engine cooling, but as the airplane approached the departure end of the runway, the engine rpm suddenly decreased to about 2400 rpm, and airspeed began to decrease. The pilot ensured the mixture was full rich and the throttle was full in; however, the engine rpm subsequently continued to decrease as if he was slowly pulling the throttle to idle.

The pilot attempted to perform a forced landing to road; however, the airplane was unable reach the road and struck trees before it impacted the ground.

Examination of the airplane by an FAA inspector revealed that during the impact sequence, the right wing, and right horizontal stabilator had separated from the airplane. The engine revealed that water was present in the boost pump and carburetor float bowl. Corrosion was present in the engine driven fuel pump, and the carburetor inlet screen displayed several areas where contamination and debris were adhering to the screen.

The wreckage was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N8891N
Model/Series: PA-28-140B
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: KPAM,17 ft msl
Observation Time: 13:56 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 5 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C /20°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 16 knots / , 280°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.96 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Panama City, FL
Destination: Panama City, FL

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Serious 
Latitude, Longitude:  30.102056,-85.487472

Aircraft departed, experienced engine issues and crashed into a heavily wooded area. 

Date: 18-APR-22
Time: 19:15:00Z
Regis#: N8891N
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: SERIOUS
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91

SANDY CREEK, Florida - Two men are lucky to be alive after their small plane crashed right after takeoff Monday afternoon.

The two men were flying a Piper PA-28-140 Cherokee B aircraft when they crashed shortly after taking off from the Sandy Creek Air Park, Monday afternoon.

A report from the Bay County Sheriff’s Office states that David Green and Jeremy Green were working on the plane and took it up for a test flight.

The victims said once they got it in the air, the aircraft started to feel unusual. Moments later, the engine reportedly completely shut off and it fell out of the sky and into the woods.

Both men were injured and treated at a local hospital.

Bay County Sheriff's Office - 

The Bay County Sheriff’s Office responded to the report of a plane crash this afternoon at about 1:30 at Sandy Creek Airport.

Deputies and witnesses were able to locate the crash site.

A small plane had taken off at the Sandy Creek Airport at 1:30 only to crash in a wooded area near the airport after takeoff.

Two people in the place were found at the crash site with injuries and have been taken to a local hospital for treatment.

The FAA and the NTSB will conduct an investigation into the incident.

Prepared by R. Corley
Information by Capt. M. Branning
Approved by Sheriff T. Ford

BAY COUNTY, Florida — Two people were injured in a crash of a small plane Monday afternoon near the Sandy Creek Airport, Bay County Sheriff’s Office officials reported.

The plane had taken off from the Sandy Creek Airport at 1:30 p.m. and crashed in a wooded area near the airport shortly afterward, according to BCSO officials. 

Deputies and witnesses located the crash site. Two people were found in the plane at the crash site with injuries and were taken to a local hospital for treatment. 

The FAA and the NTSB will conduct an investigation into the crash, officials said.

BAY COUNTY, Florida (WJHG/WECP) - Two people were taken to the hospital after crashing a plane on Monday afternoon.

Bay County Sheriff’s Deputies say around 1:30 p.m., they got reports of a plane crash near Sandy Creek Airport. After investigating and speaking to witnesses, they say the plane took off and crashed shortly after in the nearby woods.

They found the plane with two people inside. They were taken to the hospital with injuries.

The crash is still under investigation.

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