Accident Piper PA-32-301T Turbo Saratoga N8266D, 16 Jan 2023
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA32 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Piper PA-32-301T Turbo Saratoga
Owner/operator:Engineers Flying Club
Registration: N8266D
MSN: 32-8024049
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Kingfisher, OK -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Oklahoma City-Wiley Post Airport, OK (PWA/KPWA)
Destination airport:Oklahoma City-Wiley Post Airport, OK (PWA/KPWA)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities
On January 16, 2023, about 1242 central standard time, a Piper PA-32-301T, N8266D, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Kingfisher, Oklahoma. The pilot and certificated flight instructor were fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 instructional flight.

According to witnesses, the airplane was seen trailing black smoke before it rolled over and dove into the ground. A witness provided cell phone video confirmed the presence of the black smoke and an explosion after impact.

The accident flight was the first flight after the airplane had undergone maintenance including the installation of a new autopilot system and an annual inspection. The flying club that owned the airplane reported that club members were required to fly with one of the club instructors to become acquainted with the operation of the new autopilot system. The accident flight was such a flight.

The airplane impacted a firm level field with little vegetation. The initial impact location was a crater that contained the airplane’s propeller. The rotation axis of the propeller was near vertical, indicating that the airplane impacted the ground in a near vertical attitude. All components of the airplane were in the immediate vicinity of the accident site.

The main portion of the fuselage, wings, and tail surfaces came to rest about 100 ft. north of the initial impact point. The wings were damaged from impact but continuous from tip to tip except for the center spar section which was melted and consumed by fire. The ailerons and flaps remained attached to the wing. The wing leading edge was crushed aft and all four fuel tanks were ruptured. The fuselage forward of the tail surfaces was almost completely consumed by fire. The aft fuselage from the leading edge of the vertical stabilizer and aft was intact with the tail surfaces still attached. The vertical tail surfaces were intact and the horizontal tail surfaces were intact but with impact damage to the right tip. Control continuity was confirmed from all surfaces to the cockpit with all breaks in the control system consistent with impact damage.


NTSB (photo)

Other occurrences involving this aircraft

17 Aug 2020 N8266D Engineers Flying Club 0 North of El Reno Regional Airport (RQO/KRQO), El Reno, OK non
Fuel exhaustion.


Revision history:

16-Jan-2023 21:20 Captain Adam Added
16-Jan-2023 21:41 Captain Adam Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative, Category]
16-Jan-2023 21:44 Captain Adam Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Source, Narrative]
16-Jan-2023 22:03 Iceman 29 Updated [Embed code]
17-Jan-2023 03:46 johnwg Updated [Time, Location, Nature, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Category]
17-Jan-2023 06:25 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Narrative]
17-Jan-2023 17:19 Captain Adam Updated [Location, Embed code, Narrative]
17-Jan-2023 17:59 RobertMB Updated [Narrative]
27-Jan-2023 01:04 Captain Adam Updated [Time, Nature, Source, Narrative, Category]

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