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Piper PA-24-250 Comanche, N7482P: Accident occurred June 11, 2022 at Auburn Municipal Airport (S50), King County, Washington

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; Seattle, Washington

N9246K Corp LLC

Location: Auburn, Washington 
Accident Number: WPR22LA213
Date and Time: June 11, 2022, 18:38 Local 
Registration: N7482P
Aircraft: Piper PA-24-250
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On June 11, 2022, about 1838 Pacific standard time, a Piper PA-24-250 Comanche, N7482P, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Auburn, Washington. The pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that while on approach to Auburn Municipal Airport (S50) after a local flight, he performed his prelanding checklist, which included switching the fuel selector lever to the right main fuel tank. He reduced the engine power to 15 inches of manifold pressure and slowly advanced the propeller lever forward when, without warning, the engine lost all power. The pilot immediately verified the position of the mixture was full rich, and that the fuel boost pump was on. Simultaneously, the pilot moved the fuel selector lever from right main tank to left main tank, but then decided to switch back to the right main tank. The engine briefly started but then lost all power. The pilot completed a forced landing to an open field and during the landing roll, the airplane impacted a dirt berm, and the landing gear collapsed. 

A postaccident examination revealed that the right wing was substantially damaged. The airplane and the engine were recovered to a secure facility for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N7482P
Model/Series: PA-24-250 
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: KSEA,369 ft msl
Observation Time: 17:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 7 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 20°C /9°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 3000 ft AGL 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / , 220°
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.89 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Auburn, WA 
Destination: Auburn, WA

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 47.34142,-122.21206 (est)

Aircraft crashed in a field for unknown reasons. 

Date: 12-JUN-22
Time: 01:38:00Z
Regis#: N7482P
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA24
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91

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