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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 241076
Last updated: 30 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic P28A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-28-181 Archer III
Owner/operator:Lebanon Flying Club
Registration: N4166Z
MSN: 2843327
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:near Warren County Memorial Airport (RNC/KRNC), McMinnville, TN -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:McMinnville, TN (RNC)
Destination airport:McMinnville, TN (RNC)
Investigating agency: NTSB
On September 8, 2020, about 1130 central daylight time, a Piper PA-28-181, N4166Z, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near McMinnville, Tennessee. The pilot and two passengers were fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.
The airplane was based at Lebanon Municipal Airport (M54), Lebanon, Tennessee. The pilot flew uneventfully from M54 to Warren County Memorial Airport (RNC), McMinnville, Tennessee. Review of security video at RNC revealed that the airplane landed on runway 23 about 1123. It then taxied back to the beginning of the runway for takeoff about 1128 and disappeared from camera view during initial climb about 1 minute later. A witness, who was walking in his backyard heard an airplane engine go silent, then heard the sound of an impact about 30 seconds later. During that time, he briefly saw the airplane through trees, but could not determine its attitude.
Examination of the accident site by Federal Aviation Administration inspectors and a representative from the airframe manufacturer revealed that the airplane came to rest upright in a field about 1,000 ft northwest of runway 23. All major components of the airplane were accounted for and remained intact. The engine was canted right and the left side of the empennage exhibited buckling. The cabin roof had been separated by first responders. Three lapbelts were cut by first responders, but their ends remained attached to the respective fuselage attach points.
Fuel remained in both wing fuel tanks and the fuel selector was found positioned to the right main fuel tank. Flight control continuity was confirmed from the cockpit to all flight control surfaces and the flaps were retracted. Measurement of the pitch trim jackscrew corresponded to a partial nose-down trim setting. Examination of the engine revealed that the No. 4 cylinder head was fractured circumferentially, exposing the top of the piston. The cylinder head was displaced horizontally from the crankcase such that the pushrods and pushrod tubes remained captured in the cylinder head, but were dislodged from the crankcase.
The engine was retained for further examination.



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Revision history:

09-Sep-2020 00:29 Geno Added
09-Sep-2020 00:32 Geno Updated [Operator]
09-Sep-2020 04:03 harro Updated [Source]
09-Sep-2020 09:07 A.J.Scholten Updated [Cn]
09-Sep-2020 13:33 BEAVERSPOTTER Updated [Cn]
09-Sep-2020 13:52 RobertMB Updated [Cn, Location, Nature, Narrative]
09-Sep-2020 17:06 Captain Adam Updated [Source, Narrative]
09-Sep-2020 20:51 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code]
09-Sep-2020 20:54 Iceman 29 Updated [Time, Damage]
10-Sep-2020 12:54 Anon. Updated [Phase, Source, Narrative]
10-Sep-2020 12:59 harro Updated [Source, Narrative]
10-Sep-2020 14:39 Anon. Updated [Source, Narrative]
23-Sep-2020 12:01 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative, Accident report]

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