Saturday, July 16, 2022

Piper PA-32RT-300T, N25RC: Accident occurred July 04, 2022 at Aero Estates Airport (T25), Frankston, Anderson 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.

Investigator In Charge (IIC): Gallo, Mitchell

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; North Texas

Location: Frankston, Texas
Accident Number: CEN22LA307
Date and Time: July 4, 2022, 07:35 Local 
Registration: N25RC
Aircraft: Piper PA-32RT-300T
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91 subpart k: Fractional

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N25RC
Model/Series: PA-32RT-300T
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation: 
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Distance from Accident Site: 
Temperature/Dew Point:
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Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: 
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Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 32.08175,-95.452503 (est)

Aircraft on departure and ran into trees at the end of the runway.  

Date: 04-JUL-22
Time: 12:35:00Z
Regis#: N25RC
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA32RT
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
State: TEXAS


  1. This report caught my eye because I overflew this airpark on July 3rd and 6th and have a similar aircraft with similar performance specs. I commented to my wife as we flew by that it looked like a great airpark with a nice lake nearby. 3100 ft turf with airtemps that day at noon approaching 100F and light winds. Even at max gross it should have easily cleared the trees. This aircraft had flown in that morning for a short stay. I can only speculate it was seriously overweight or the engine failed to develop full power. When the turbo kicks in on the TI0-540 it should need less than 3,000 ft on turf at max gross weight in such heat. And that's with flaps zero and no short/soft field configuration. Too bad for the aircraft, but glad no one injured.

  2. N25RC--My Ole T-Lance . Owned her from 1985 till 1991, when I traded her for an A36. I flew the A36 for 31 years. I went into and outa my Mexico dirt strip--1800' for that time.