Thursday, February 23, 2012

Piper PA-24-250, N7147P: Accident occurred February 20, 2012 in Albany, Texas

NTSB Identification: CEN12FA164 
 14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, February 20, 2012 in Albany, TX
Aircraft: PIPER PA-24-250, registration: N7147P
Injuries: 2 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 February 20, 2012, about 1935 central standard time, a Piper PA-24-250 airplane, N7147P, impacted terrain near Albany, Texas. The private pilot and passenger were fatally injured. The airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to Baga Air, Inc., and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Dark night visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed. The flight departed Abilene Regional Airport (ABI), Abilene, Texas, at 1922, and was destined for the University of Oklahoma Westheimer Airport (OUN), Norman, Oklahoma.

A preliminary review of the air traffic control communications and radar data for the flight revealed the airplane was northeast bound at about 9,500 feet mean sea level (MSL). About 1934 the pilot made a radio call that he had lost his attitude indicator and he was going to have to turn around. Radar data showed the airplane made a turn to the right, climbed, and then descended rapidly. Radar and radio contact was lost about 1935.

The wreckage was found the next morning. Ground and airplane impact signatures were consistent with a nearly vertical nose down collision with terrain. The outboard section of the right wing and the right aileron were found about one mile southeast from the main wreckage.

A memorial service has been set for the man who died in a plane crash just north of Anson.

The service for Scooter Phillips is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 24 at 10:00 a.m. at Highland Church of Christ, located at 425 Highland Ave.

Friends of passenger Amy Clay have opened a memorial fund at Abilene Teachers Federal Credit Union to help with final expenses. The account name is Amy Wilson Clay Memorial Fund.