Sunday, April 3, 2016

Boeing-Stearman A75N1 (PT17), N501TT: Accident occurred April 03, 2016 at David Wayne Hooks Memorial Airport (KDWH), Spring, Texas 

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Houston FSDO-09

NTSB Identification: GAA16CA206
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, April 03, 2016 in Spring, TX
Probable Cause Approval Date: 07/25/2016
Aircraft: BOEING A75N1(PT17), registration: N501TT
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

According to the pilot of the tailwheel-equipped biplane, during approach, the tower cleared him to land on the short runway which he refused because he felt rushed by inbound traffic. He reported that the tower acknowledged his refusal, and cleared him to land on the long runway which was runway 17R. The pilot reported that he landed on runway 17R with a quartering tail wind. However, during the pilot's approach, the wind that was reported by ATC to the pilot was 230 degrees true at 6 knots. He recalled that the airplane exited the right side of the runway, then ground looped to the right, and came to a stop nose down in a ditch and resting on the bottom left wing. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the lower left wing spar. 

The meteorological aerodrome report (METAR) reported the wind as calm, 5 minutes before the accident. One hour before the accident, the METAR reported the wind as variable at 3 knots. One hour after the accident the METAR reported the wind as variable at 4 knots.

The pilot reported that there were no mechanical failures or anomalies with the airplane prior to or during the flight that would have prevented normal flight operation.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
The pilot's failure to maintain directional control during the landing roll, resulting in a runway excursion and substantial damage to the lower left wing spar.

SPRING, TX (KTRK) -- By late Sunday afternoon, Hooks Airport in northwest Harris County was back in operation. For more than two hours, air traffic in and out was on hold, after a vintage plane ran off a runway.

The plane was taxiing after landing when it veered into a grassy area.

"There were two occupants on board," said Klein Fire Chief David Bessolo. "They got out with injuries. Other than damage to the aircraft, it was pretty routine."

Routine except for the image of a plane manufactured in 1940, with biplane wings, painted bright blue and yellow. 

The plane's tail was up, its nose mired in the muddy ground next to the runway.

The FAA, according to the fire chief, will question the pilot. His name was not released.

The plane is believed to be repairable.

Original article can be found here:

SPRING, Texas – Officials are responding to a plane crash at David Wayne Hooks Memorial Airport in Spring.

Officials say two people were in the plane that was found in a ditch. 

It is unknown whether the plane was attempting to take off or land.

Authorities say both people in the plane were alert.

It is unknown what injuries they may have suffered, if any.

Original article can be found here:

Two people were on board a plane that crashed Sunday at David Wayne Hooks Memorial Airport in Spring. 

The plane crashed on landing, according to Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford.

 The extent of any injuries was unknown. 

The FAA will investigate the crash.

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