NTSB Identification: CEN14FA019
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, October 21, 2013 in Talihina, OK
Aircraft: PIPER PA 28-140, registration: N113WS
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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 either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On October 21, 2013, approximately 1530 central daylight time, a Piper PA-28-140, N113WS, impacted terrain while maneuvering near Talihina, Oklahoma. The airline transport pilot, who was the sole occupant, sustained fatal injuries. The airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) prevailed at the time of the accident, and a flight plan was not filed. The flight originated from the Searcy Municipal Airport (SRC), Searcy, Arkansas, approximately 1330, and was en route to Elk City, Oklahoma.

Preliminary radar data showed the airplane traveling to the west/southwest shortly after departure from SRC. Witnesses near the accident reported that they observed the airplane flying over the area on a westerly heading about 1505, and the last witness observed the airplane approximately 1520. The airplane was observed flying at a low altitude in and out of IMC. 

The airplane was subject to an alert notice (ALNOT) after concerned family members reported the airplane had not arrived at its destination. Search and rescue efforts ensued, and the airplane was located on October 24, 2013, at 1400, by search personnel.

The accident site was located at an elevation of 1,746 feet mean sea level, in densely wooded and hilly terrain. Several cut trees were noted adjacent to the main wreckage along a measured magnetic heading of 220 degrees. The main wreckage consisted of the fuselage, empennage, engine, and inboard section of the left wing. The right wing and outboard section of the left wing were separated and located within the debris distribution field.

At 1515, the Robert S. Kerr Airport (RKR), Poteau, Oklahoma, automated weather observation system (AWOS), located approximately 23 miles northeast of the accident site, reported the wind from 350 degrees at 8 knots, visibility 2 miles, heavy rain, temperature and dew point 13 degrees Celsius, and altimeter setting of 30.03 inches of mercury (Hg). The sky conditions were not reported surrounding the accident time.


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