14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, July 21, 2012 in Miami, TX
Aircraft: BEECH A24R, registration: N9720Q
Injuries: 1 Serious.
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On July 21, 2012, about 1115 central daylight time, a Beech A24R, N9720Q, was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain on approach to Clark Airport (5TE8), Miami, Texas. The pilot reported sustaining serious injuries. 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. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which was not operated on a flight plan. The local flight originated from 5TE8 about 1025.
The pilot reported that he was returning from a local flight over his ranch at the time of the accident. He stated that on approach, during the landing flare about 30 feet above ground level, the airplane began a turn to the right and he was unable to maintain control. The airplane impacted the ground and a postimpact fire ensued. The pilot noted that he had no aileron control during the accident sequence.
A postaccident examination conducted by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector confirmed flight control continuity from each control surface to the cockpit area. However, the cockpit control yoke was consumed by the postimpact fire. Accordingly, a positive determination of flight control continuity at the time of the accident was not possible.
FAA IDENTIFICATION Regis#: 9720Q Make/Model: BE24 Description: 24 Musketeer Super, Sierra Date: 07/21/2012 Time: 1629 Event Type: Accident Highest Injury: Minor Mid Air: N Missing: N Damage: Destroyed LOCATION City: MIAMI State: TX Country: US DESCRIPTION AIRCRAFT LANDED, CRASHED AND BURNED AT A GRASS AIRSTRIP, 20 MILES FROM MIAMI, TX INJURY DATA Total Fatal: 0 # Crew: 1 Fat: 0 Ser: 0 Min: 1 Unk: # Pass: 0 Fat: 0 Ser: 0 Min: 0 Unk: # Grnd: Fat: 0 Ser: 0 Min: 0 Unk: OTHER DATA Activity: Unknown Phase: Landing Operation: OTHER FAA FSDO: LUBBOCK, TX (SW13) Entry date: 07/24/2012
A Miami man was in fair condition after his single-engine airplane crash-landed in a pasture in Roberts County, the Department of Public Safety said.
Robert A. Clark, 75, was airlifted to Northwest Texas Hospital after suffering back and abdominal injuries, DPS said.
About 11:30 a.m., Clark was flying a 1970 Beechcraft Sierra A24R when mechanical problems forced him to make an emergency landing about 13.5 miles northwest of Miami, troopers said. Clark crash-landed in a pasture in Clark Ranch, about 300 yards west of a private runway, authorities said.
The crash-landing caused a small grass fire, and authorities notified the Federal Aviation Administration, Roberts County sheriff’s investigators said. FAA officials will investigate the incident, county authorities said.
The plane was registered in the pilot’s name, according to FAA records.
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