Friday, January 22, 2016

Piper PA-31 Navajo, N997DN: Accident occurred January 22, 2016 near Denton Enterprise Airport (KDTO), Denton County, Texas


NTSB Identification: CEN16LA102 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, January 22, 2016 in Denton, TX
Aircraft: PIPER PA31, registration: N997DN
Injuries: 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 January 22, 2016, about 1530 central standard time, a Piper PA-31 airplane, N997DN, was substantially damaged during a forced landing near Denton, Texas. The pilot received minor injuries. The personal flight was being conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 without a flight plan. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The local flight departed Denton Enterprise Airport (KDTO), Denton, Texas, about 1500.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration inspectors who responded to the scene, the airplane had not flown for some time and the pilot was taking it on a routine flight following maintenance. During the flight the right engine surged several times before losing power. Shortly after the right engine lost power, the left engine surged and lost power. The wings, engine nacelles, and landing gear were substantially damaged during the forced landing to a field.
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Fort Worth AFW FSDO-19

An Aubrey pilot walked away from an emergency landing with only bumps and bruises Friday afternoon.

After experiencing engine trouble in the Piper PA-31 Navajo airplane he was flying, David Kinney landed the plane in a field next to George Owens Road on the south side of U.S. Highway 380, west of Denton. 

Kinney was making a routine maintenance flight and had taken off from Denton Enterprise Airport prior to the emergency.

Skid marks could be seen in the grass. The landing gear was not visible.

Department of Public Safety troopers, Denton County sheriff’s deputies and Krum emergency officials responded to the scene.

Kinney sustained minor injuries and was not transported to a hospital, according to DPS spokesman Lonny Haschel. He said because there was no one seriously hurt, no property damage and no fire, it was not a big incident to DPS, but added that the Federal Aviation Administration will be investigating.

FAA officials could not be reached for comment Friday evening.

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After taking off from Denton Enterprise Airport and experiencing engine trouble, a pilot landed a Piper Navajo just yards away from U.S. Highway 380 west of Denton on Friday.

A small plane is down in west Denton County, according to sheriff's officials. 

Denton County Sheriff's Office Spokesperson Sandi Brackeen said the aircraft went down off U.S. Highway 380 near the town of Krum at about 3:30 p.m. Friday.

The pilot was experiencing engine trouble and was forced to land, officials said.

The Krum Fire Department said the pilot landed in a field on the south side of 380, then bounced over the highway, while staying low enough to avoid hit power lines. The plane then came to a stop near the intersection of George Owens Road and 380.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

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