Airplane Appeared To Slow, Lose Altitude, And Stall

Location: Williams, AZ Accident Number: WPR24FA014
Date & Time: October 17, 2023, 12:19 Local Registration: N6192J
Aircraft: Piper PA-28-140 Injuries: 3 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation – Personal

On October 17, 2023, about 1219 mountain standard time, a Piper PA-28-140, N6192J, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near H A Clark Memorial Field Airport (CMR), Williams, Arizona. The two flight instructors and passenger were fatally injured. 

The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. A witness observed the airplane takeoff from runway 18 and climb to about 200 ft above ground level. The airplane continued on runway heading for about 1/4 mile, and then began a slight left turn. The airplane appeared to slow, lose altitude, and stall. An additional witness located near the airport observed the airplane flying at a low altitude with its wings rocking. 

The airplane impacted terrain in an open field on a heading of about 340°. The terrain was flat, rocky, and heavily populated with sage brush. The airplane came to rest about 90 ft from the initial point of impact. All major structural components of the airplane were located within the main wreckage site.

The density altitude at the time of the accident was about 9,100 ft. The airplane was recovered to a secure location for further examination.