14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, March 29, 2015 in Gordonville, TX
Aircraft: BEECH 35, registration: N80462
Injuries: 2 Serious, 2 Minor.
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On March 29, 2015, about 1600 central daylight time, a Beech 35, single-engine airplane, N80462, was substantially damaged after impacting terrain during initial climb at Cedar Mills Airport (3T0), Gordonville, Texas. The pilot and one passenger were seriously injured, and two passengers sustained minor injuries. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual. Day visual meteorological conditions (VMC) prevailed at the time of the accident and a flight plan had not been filed for the 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight which was destined for Tyler Pounds Regional Airport (TYR), Tyler, Texas.
The pilot reported that during his soft field takeoff from the turf runway the airplane had lifted off at an indicated airspeed of 80 mph. As the airplane neared the departure end of the runway the pilot noticed the airplane was not climbing as expected, the indicated airspeed seemed unreliable, and the controls felt mushy and near stall speed. The airplane then impacted trees and the roof of an unoccupied home. The engine separated and fell inside the home which resulted in a structure fire that substantially damaged the home. The airplane impacted terrain about 50 feet from the burning home and came to rest upright after impacting two nearly full propane storage tanks. There was no release of propane and there was no postimpact fire at the location of the main wreckage. Several persons at another nearby home witness the impact and responded immediately to assist the four occupants to exit the wreckage.
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GRAYSON COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - The 911 calls have been released surrounding a plane crash over the weekend that injured several Tyler residents. Bob Gentry, his girlfriend, Karen Christian, his daughter, Annie Gentry and her boyfriend, Collin Howell, were all aboard the small single engine Beechcraft 35 plane. It crashed in a backyard near Gordonville, just after taking off from Cedar Mills Airport Sunday afternoon.
Initial Call transcript:
Dispatch: “Grayson County 911. What is your emergency?”
Caller: “We've got a plane crash on Greenbriar in Gordonville. We need an ambulance, please hurry.”
Dispatch: “One sec, let me get you to Whitesboro. Where is it?”
Caller: “In Gordonville.”
Dispatch: “I know, where in Gordonville?”
Caller: “375 Greenbriar.”
Dispatch: “Okay, just a moment. We have an airplane crash 375 Greenbriar. I'm getting it over there. I'm getting you to Whitesboro, okay? Stay on the line. A small plane? How many people? Can you tell?”
Caller: “I don't know. We're running down there right now.”
Caller: “Please hurry.”
Second call transcript:
Dispatch: “Grayson County 911. What is your emergency?”
Caller: “Yeah, we're in Sherwood Shores ma'am, we need people out here, nobody's showed up.”
Dispatch: “We've got them on the way, sir. They're volunteers and the closest ambulance is Whitesboro. They should be there in just a couple of minutes.”
Caller: “Tell them that we've got a house that's on fire now, too.”
Dispatch: “They realize that. We have transferred the information to Whitesboro. I can give you back to them again, just a moment.”
Dispatch: “But they are aware.”
Caller: “We need ambulances bad.”
Dispatch: “We know, sir. We've got air ambulances on hold, too. Just let me get you to Whitesboro, just a moment.”
Third call transcript:
Dispatch: “Grayson County 911.”
Caller: “We need the fire department and the ambulance out here to the paramedics out here to Sherwood Shores.”
Dispatch: “Where at?”
Caller: “We're on Greenbriar.”
Dispatch: “Oh, the plane crash?”
Caller: “Yes, ma'am.”
Dispatch: “They're on their way, sir.”
Caller: “Okay, well, we have some people that are injured real severely.”
Dispatch: “I understand that sir. We've got people en route.”
Caller: “Okay, thank you.”
The teens made it out uninjured and both adults are recovering from non-life threatening injuries. The FAA is still investigating the crash.
The engine and propeller broke off when the plane hit the home, but an FAA spokesperson said that was likely not the cause of the crash. The pilot, Bob Gentry, is described as a highly experienced pilot who earned his commercial license as well as his instrument rating.
GORDONVILLE, TX -- Four people were injured when their plane crashed Sunday afternoon in Grayson County.
The single engine plane clipped a home in the 300 block of Greenbriar Road in Gordonville just after four Sunday afternoon.
It was a typical Sunday afternoon for the Brattain family in the Shady Shores area.
"My father in law had just broken the water meter in front of the house,” said John Brattain. “So we had water spraying everywhere."
When all of the sudden
"I'm looking up over the top of the house and I see a wing or something flash,” said Brattain. “And I hear a crash, a boom."
That boom was a plane landing in the backyard of John Brattain's in laws.
Troopers say it was carrying four people: a man, a woman and two kids.
"I though it was coming through our house,” said Brattain. “It freaked me out."
After seeing his family was not hurt, John quickly sprang into action.
"I started yelling there's people, there's people!” said Brattain, who pulled the male passenger from the wreckage. “Call 911, there's a plane crash, there's people."
The plane had landed in between two propane tanks.
"I saw a guy hanging out the window of the plane,” said Brattain. “He had Plexiglas all over his head and neck. I really thought he wasn't with us."
Brattain's family then joined in and helped all four passengers out of the plane, when yet another problem arose.
"We noticed the house behind us started to catch on fire," said Brattain.
The plane's prop engine had broken off in the nearby building, the wreckage eventually starting a small fire.
Brattain quickly shut off the power and fought the fire with a neighbor until the fire department showed up.
"It didn't hit me how bad the plane was,” said Brattain. “All I saw was people and they were alive. And that's it, I just wanted to get the people out. It's a miracle their alive.”
According to a Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman, the female and male passengers are in serious condition tonight. We're told the two children's injuries are not as severe.
The names of the victims are not being released.
According to FAA records, the single engine plane is registered to Robert Gentry of Tyler, Texas.
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GORDONVILLE, Texas -- A plane crashed into a house in Gordonville on Sunday, sending the four passengers to the hospital -- two were seriously injured.
It happened just after 4 p.m. a few miles from the Cedar Mills Airport, where the plane had taken off from.
FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford said the plane was a Beechcraft B35 aircraft.
The pilot has been identified as Robert Gentry and a passenger as 51-year-old Karen Christian.
The family, whose backyard became the scene of a plane crash, said they were enjoying their Sunday when the incident happened.
What they did next helped save the lives of the four people on board.
"I ran around the side of the house I thought the guy was dead hanging out the window of the plane."
Trooper Mark Tackett said the engine and propeller came off the plane, which struck an unoccupied home before the plane landed in a backyard.
"I looked out the window as it hit right there in my backyard," Rhonda Brogdon said. "I could see the wing hit the ground."
Brogdon and her family jumped into action. Pulling Christian and two teenagers from the plane.
"I jumped on the plane and helped the lady out of the plane," Belinda Burris said. "Her legs were broken and she was pretty beat up and my mom came and helped me get her out of there."
John Bratron, a family member of the homeowner's said he wasn't just worried about injures from the crash, the house the plane hit, had caught fire and the flames were creeping closer to Gentry.
"I had to get them out of it because there was fuel all over the plane," he said.
After everyone was safely outside of the plane, Braton and his family set their sights on the fire.
"I kicked in the front door went in and started spraying water on the fire," Braton said.
Christian was flown to the Medical Center of Plano with serious injures. Gentry was also taken to a nearby hospital with serious injures. The two teenagers had only minor injures.
Burris says without the help of her family things might not have ended the same.
"It wasn't a second guess for them," Burris said. "They just stepped in and made sure that they could do everything they could do, and I just wish that you know if I was ever in an accident that people would be like that for me."
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