Monday, September 01, 2014

Van's RV6A, N613LE: Accident occurred September 01, 2014 in Las Cruces, New Mexico

NTSB Identification: CEN14LA471
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, September 01, 2014 in Las Cruces, NM
Aircraft: BORING ROBERT BURTON RV6A, registration: N613LE
Injuries: 1 Serious,1 Minor.

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 may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On September 1, 2014, about 0830 mountain daylight time, an amateur-built RV-6A airplane was substantially damaged when it impacted the ground following a loss of control during landing approach to runway 8 at the Las Cruces International Airport, Las Cruces, New Mexico. The pilot received serious injuries and the pilot rated passenger received minor injuries. The airplane received substantial damage to both wings and the fuselage. The aircraft 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 about 0730.

Federal Aviation Administration Flight Standards District Office: FAA Albuquerque FSDO-01 



LAS CRUCES >> Authorities are still investigating the cause of Monday morning's plane crash, but New Mexico State Police have released the names of the two people onboard. 

Las Cruces resident Seth Baker, 42, is the owner and pilot of the  aircraft, Lt. James Frietze said. Also in the plane was 31-year-old Kathlyn Drexler, who has a Las Cruces address on her identification but told police she lives in Texas.

Baker was demonstrating the plane as part of a potential sale, Frietze said.

Drexler's family was watching from the Las Cruces International Airport and called authorities about the crash about 8 a.m., Frietze said.

The plane went down about an eighth of a mile west of Runway 8, Frietze said

Fire crews along with paramedics from American Medical Response treated Baker and Drexler, according to news release from the Las Cruces Fire Department. Frietze said Baker was transported to University Medical Center in El Paso. Drexler declined further treatment.

Neither could be reached Wednesday.

There was no fire, but a small amount of fuel leaked from the wrecked plane, Frietze said. It was not enough to warrant a hazmat response.

Monday's crash was the second in four days near the Las Cruces Airport.

On Aug. 27 four people died when an air ambulance crashed an caught fire. A cancer patient from Las Cruces, along with two medics and a pilot from El Paso were en route to Phoenix.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. -  A single-engine plane crashed near the Las Cruces International Airport on Labor Day morning.

New Mexico State Police told ABC-7 the crash happened at about 7:30 a.m. about 1/8 of a mile west of the airport runway.

The two people onboard suffered minor injuries.

The plane, piloted by 31-year-old Kathlyn Drexler, was found upright and there was no fire, but there was damage to wings, propeller, undercarriage and nose of the plane.

Owner of the plane, 42-year-old Beth Baker, also was on the plane.

Drexler complained of injuries but refused treatment and Baker suffered arm lacerations but refused to fly to University Medical Center, so she was driven there.

The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to be there later today or Tuesday.

A Cessna 421C plane crashed near the Southern New Mexico Fairgrounds on night of Aug. 27, killing all four onboard.

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