Cowling Door Possible Factor in Mississippi Crash
- On December 24, 2015, a Piper PA46-500TP crashed in Corinth, Mississippi. The pilot survived with minor injuries; three passengers were seriously injured.
takeoff, the aircraft’s right cowling door opened and began moving. When the plane
turned, the cowling door completely opened, causing the pilot to lose control
of the aircraft.
has released its preliminary report on the December 24th crash of a Piper
PA46-500TP in Corinth, Mississippi. The pilot of the aircraft survived the
crash with minor injuries. The aircraft’s three passengers, however, were
states that after takeoff, the aircraft’s right cowling door opened and began
moving up and down several inches. When the pilot turned to the left, the
cowling door completely opened, causing the pilot to lose control of the
aircraft. The airplane struck a tree and landed on the front lawn of a nearby
house before catching on fire.
cowling covers the aircraft’s engine. According to the NTSB, the pilot stated
he conducted a routine and uneventful pre-flight inspection of the aircraft.
The NTSB will be assessing whether such was the case, but they will also
certainly investigate whether a maintenance-induced failure or a manufacturing
defect present in the cowling door may have led to the malfunction.
aircraft, registration number N891CR, was manufactured by Piper in 2007 and had
a Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-42A engine. It is owned by North Mississippi
Pulmonology Clinic, Inc. of Booneville, Mississippi.
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Kreindler partners Dan Rose, Brian Alexander and Justin Green will be monitoring this investigation. If you have any
questions regarding this incident, please contact us.