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Piper PA-32R-301, N4303P: Accident occurred April 30, 2022 in Loogootee, Martin County, Indiana

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; Indianapolis, Indiana
Location: Loogootee, Indiana 
Accident Number: CEN22LA186
Date and Time: April 30, 2022, 08:10 Local 
Registration: N4303P
Aircraft: Piper PA-32R-301 
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On April 30, 2022, about 0810 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-32R-301 airplane, N4303P, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Loogootee, Indiana. The pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane was operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight.

The pilot reported that he and a passenger departed Huntingburg Airport (HNB), Huntingburg, Indiana, and were en route to Putnam County Regional Airport (GPC), Greencastle, Indiana. While in cruise flight at 3,000 ft mean sea level, the engine lost partial power. The pilot performed a forced landing to a road. During the landing, the airplane’s left wing contact a tree resulting in substantial damage.

The airplane was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper 
Registration: N4303P
Model/Series: PA-32R-301 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
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: KDCY,470 ft msl
Observation Time: 08:15 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C /14°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Wind 
Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 150°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 4800 ft AGL
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.92 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Huntingburg, IN (HNB)
Destination: Greencastle, IN (GPC)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 38.715695,-86.912818 (est)

Aircraft experienced engine issues and made an emergency landing on a road.  

Date: 30-APR-22
Time: 12:10:00Z
Regis#: N4303P
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA32R
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91

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