Thursday, October 22, 2015

Bellanca 8KCAB Decathlon, N86607: Incident occurred October 21, 2015 near Waco Regional Airport (KACT), McLennan County, Texas

Date: 22-OCT-15
Time: 04:00:00Z
Regis#: N86607
Aircraft Model: 8KCAB
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: None
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Fort Worth AFW FSDO-19
City: WACO
State: Texas


Waco (October 22, 2015) A small propeller plane made an emergency landing in a cornfield just short of Waco Regional Airport.

No one was injured, and no structures were hit.

Reports of a plane crash started coming in around 11:00 Wednesday night.

The pilot was bringing the plane from Wichita Falls to Waco when it ran out of fuel.

He only had one passenger, both men.

McLennan County Sheriff said Thursday morning they were waiting to taxi the plane to the airport from the field near Wortham Bend Road, about 2 miles north of Waco Regional.

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KXXV-TV News Channel 25 - Central Texas News and Weather for Waco, Temple, Killeen | 

The pilot of a small prop plane headed to Waco Regional Airport was forced to make an emergency landing in a corn field late last night.

The plane was traveling from Wichita Falls but ran out of fuel during its final approach.

“They thought they had enough and apparently got very close,” said McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara. “But they didn’t make it all the way.”

Fortunately, the pilot was able to land the plane safely in a corn field about two miles from the airport near the Condor Loop and Wortham Bend Road in China Springs.

The pilot and his passenger were not injured during the emergency landing and there was no damage to surrounding structures, police said.

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1 comment:

  1. Give or take 175 SM trip distance, thus estimated endurance (65% power with 1-hr. reserve) is 4.8 hrs with 134 kts cruise speed @ 6,000 ft. They had a 39 gal usable fuel tank. Successful night landings are rare and fortunate for any aviator.