NTSB Identification: ERA16LA078
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, December 24, 2015 in Corinth, MS
Aircraft: PIPER AIRCRAFT INC PA-46, registration: N891CR
Injuries: 3 Serious, 1 Minor.
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. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
On December 24, 2015, at approximately 0840 central standard time, a Piper PA-46-500TP; N891CR, was substantially damaged when it impacted a tree and terrain during a return to the airport, after takeoff from Roscoe Turner Airport (CRX), Corinth, Mississippi, The certificated private pilot received minor injuries. The three passengers received serious injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight, destined for Ocean Reef Club Airport (07FA), Key Largo, Florida.
According to the pilot, prior to takeoff, the preflight inspection and engine run-up were normal. After takeoff from runway 18, the right cowling door opened partially, and started "flopping" up and down 3 to 4 inches in each direction. He then turned to the left, to return to the airport, and the door "came completely open." He could not, keep the airplane flying even with "full power" though he "put the nose back down." The airplane then struck a tree, impacted the front lawn of a residence, "spun around," and caught on fire.
The airplane came to rest on a 132 degree magnetic heading from the departure end of runway 18, approximately 1,792 feet from the end of the runway, on the front lawn of a residence. Examination of photographs provided by Alcorn County Emergency Services revealed that the "cowling door" that "came completely open" was the cowl door for the battery compartment, located on the right side of the nose of the airplane, just forward of the wing leading edge.
According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and pilot records, the pilot held a private pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single-engine land, airplane multi-engine land, and instrument airplane. His most recent application for a FAA third-class medical certificate was dated June 17, 2015. The pilot reported that he had accrued approximately 470 total hours of flight experience.
According to FAA records, the airplane was manufactured in 2007.
The airplane was retained by the NTSB for examination.
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Jackson FSDO-31
ALCORN COUNTY, Miss. — Crews are investigating a Thursday morning plane crash near Corinth, Miss., that resulted in one person being airlifted to a Memphis hospital.
The crash occurred around 8:44 a.m. along County Road 504 near the Roscoe Turner Airport outside Corinth.
The Alcorn County Sheriff’s Department has confirmed four people were in the the Piper PA-46-500TP Meridian plane. One was airlifted to Memphis, and the other three reportedly did not have serious injuries.
The sheriff’s department has confirmed Dr. David Chase of Mississippi was the pilot. They say the plane is registered in Mississippi.
The sheriff’s department and the Mississippi Highway Patrol currently are investigating the crash.
Investigators at the scene tell WTVA's Susan Parker the plane had taken off from Roscoe Turner Airport shortly after 8:30 this morning.
The pilot apparently noticed the flap on one of the wings was stuck and attempted to return to the airport.
The plane landed in the yard of a home on County Road 504 southeast of the airport.
Four people were on the plane when it went down.
Two suffered serious injuries and were flown to a hospital for treatment.
The other two were taken to Magnolia Regional Medical Center in Corinth for observation.
Federal investigators are expected to visit the scene and look into what caused the plane to crash.
Investigators told WTVA that the plane took off from Roscoe Turner Airport shortly after 8:30 a.m. when pilot apparently noticed the flap on one of the wings was stuck and attempted to return to the airport.
The plane landed in the yard of a home on County Road 504 southeast of the airport. Four people were onboard.
Two people suffered serious injuries and were airlifted to a hospital.
The other passengers were taken to Magnolia Regional Medical Center in Corinth for observation.