NTSB Identification: CEN16LA008
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, October 12, 2015 in Dallas, TX
Aircraft: BEECHCRAFT A36, registration: N55674
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.
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On October 12, 2015, about 1340 central standard time, a Beechcraft A36, N55674, sustained substantial damage while taxiing for takeoff at Dallas Love Field (DAL), Dallas, Texas, when the left wingtip hit a service road fence post. The pilot, the sole occupant, was not injured. The airplane was owned by Frog Air LLC and operated by the pilot under the provisions of the 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and an instrument flight plan was filed. The destination airport was the Rick Husband Amarillo International Airport (AMA), Amarillo, Texas.
Air traffic control cleared the pilot to taxi to the active runway via Taxiway A. While leaving the ramp area and transitioning to the taxiway environment, the pilot joined a vehicle service road instead of Taxiway A. As he taxied on the service road, the airplane came to a security fence on the left side of the road. The left wing impacted a fence post, which was part of a vehicle gate. The impact turned the nose of the aircraft to the left and the front of the aircraft impacted the vehicle gate, resulting in substantial damage to the left wing.
At 1353, the surface weather at DAL was: wind variable at 4 kts; 10 miles visibility; skies clear; temperature 33 degrees C; dew point 17 degrees C; altimeter 29.78 inches of mercury.
Federal Aviation Administration Flight Standards District Office: FAA Dallas FSDO-05
LOVE FIELD – State Senator Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, mistook a service road for a taxiway and crashed his small plane into a fence at Love Field around 1:30 p.m. Monday.
Investigators said Seliger was the only person on board and was not injured.
Images from HD Chopper 8 show the aircraft facing a fence at Love Field. The initial emergency call was for an Alert 3 – an aircraft crash. Upon arriving though, firefighters called off other responding units.
Investigators said the aircraft’s left wing clipped the fence.
Senator Seliger’s office confirmed he is a pilot but apparently did not know about the incident. His legislative director said she would gather more information. It’s uncertain why he was in Dallas.
The aircraft is registered to Frog Air, LLC in Amarillo.
In April, Seliger, 61, was hurt in a motorcycle accident in Austin and underwent elbow and ankle surgery.
DALLAS, TX - A close call for a state senator who represents West Texas.
State Senator Kel Seliger was piloting the plane when it hit a fence at Dallas Love Field Airport.
That comes from our NBC affiliate, KXAS, in Dallas.
The Federal Aviation Administration told KXAS in Dallas, Seliger was preparing to take off when he mistakenly turned onto a service road thinking it was a taxiway.
That's when the plane's wing clipped a fence.
Seliger tweeted out, thanks for the calls and everything was fine.
Seliger represents 37 counties from the panhandle to the Permian Basin.
Those counties include Midland, Odessa and Howard.
A small plane hit a fence at Dallas Love Field, airport officials confirm to NBC DFW.
The incident happened at about 1:30 p.m. Monday in the 800 block of Herb Kelleher Way, according to Dallas Fire-Rescue crews.
Lynn Lunsford with the Federal Aviation Administration said the pilot of a single engine Beechcraft Bonanza was preparing for departure, mistakenly turned onto a service road thinking it was a taxiway and the plane's left wing clipped a fence.
Texas State Senator Ken Seliger was the pilot on the plane, which he owns, his office confirmed.
No injuries were reported. The FAA is investigating.