Topped Off The Fuel Tanks On The Day Of The Accident And Engine Start And Run Up Were Normal

Location: Paris, ID Accident Number: WPR21LA220
Date & Time: May 29, 2021, 13:00 Local Registration: N6334P
Aircraft: Piper PA-24 Injuries: 2 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation – Personal

On May 29, 2021, about 1300 mountain daylight time, a Piper PA-24, N6334P, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Paris, Idaho. The pilot and passenger were seriously injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

According to the pilot, the flight departed from South Valley Regional Airport (U42), West Jordan, Utah, en route to Sun Valley, Idaho. He topped off the fuel tanks on the day of the accident and engine start and run up were normal. Just north of Bear Lake County Airport (1U7), Paris, Idaho, he noted that the oil temperature was still in the green range, but the temperature had increased. Shortly thereafter, the oil temperature increased into the red range and he began a turn toward 1U7. During the turn, the engine experienced a total loss of power.

The pilot performed the engine out procedures; however, the engine would not restart. During the approach to runway 28, the pilot was confident that he would make the runway and elected not to use flaps to maintain his pitch attitude. He lowered the landing gear, and about 500 ft above ground level (agl) he realized he would not make it to the runway. The airplane landed about 75 ft short of the runway and struck a berm separating the landing gear. The right wing was substantially damaged when it struck a fence post.

The airplane was recovered for further examination.