NTSB Identification: ERA16LA053
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, December 01, 2015 in Opa Locka, FL
Aircraft: PIPER PA-32, registration: N5568J
Injuries: 3 Serious.
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On December 1, 2015, at 1037 eastern standard time, a Piper PA 32-260, N5568J, was substantially damaged during a forced landing shortly after taking off from Opa Locka Executive Airport (KOPF), Miami, Florida. The private pilot and two passengers sustained serious injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and a visual flight rules flight plan had been filed for the flight to South Bimini Airport (MYBS), South Bimini, The Bahamas. The personal flight was operating under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.
According to the pilot, as the airplane was climbing through about 800 feet, the front seat passenger asked him if he "smelled something." The pilot stated that he did and they both then saw "light smoke up around the dash and windshield area." The pilot commenced a turn back toward the airport, and almost immediately, there was a total engine failure. The pilot advised the control tower of the problem, but realizing that the airplane couldn't make it to the airport, picked the only place he felt he could reasonably complete the forced landing.
According to the responding Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector, the airplane first touched down on top of a parked tractor trailer, bounced over a canal, and came to rest upside down on a berm.
The airplane was not examined at the scene, but was instead taken to a storage facility where it will be examined at a later date.