NTSB Identification: ANC12LA058
Scheduled 14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Accident occurred Monday, June 25, 2012 in Gustavus, AK
Aircraft: PIPER PA-32-300, registration: N8908N
Injuries: 4 Uninjured.
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 June 25, 2012, about 0940 Alaska daylight time, a Piper PA-32 airplane, N8908N, sustained substantial damage during a forced landing after a loss of engine power about 5 miles southeast of the Gustavus Airport, Gustavus, Alaska. The airplane was being operated by Air Excursions, Gustavus, as a visual flight rules (VFR) scheduled commuter flight under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135. The pilot and three passengers were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and company flight following procedures were in effect. The flight originated from the Juneau International Airport, Juneau, Alaska about 0923, and was destined for Gustavus.
In a written statement to the NTSB investigator-in-charge, the pilot stated that the departure and initial portion of the flight were uneventful. About 11 miles from Gustavus, the engine began to lose power, and the airplane started shaking. He performed the emergency procedures checklist for “Engine Power Loss In-Flight,” but the power loss and shaking continued to worsen. About 8 miles from Gustavus, he elected to shut the engine down, and performed a forced landing on a beach.
During the landing, the airplane’s nose landing gear folded back under the airplane, and the engine firewall sustained substantial damage.
Initial examination of the engine by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that there was a bulge in the engine crankcase, and the engine was difficult to rotate by hand.
The airplane was equipped with a Lycoming IO-540 engine. A postaccident engine examination is pending.
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