Friday, April 8, 2016

Bellanca 7GCBC Citabria, N5046N: Fatal accident occurred April 08, 2016 at Mid-Way Regional Airport (KJWY), Midlothian/Waxahachie, Ellis County, Texas

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Dallas FSDO-05

NTSB Identification: CEN16FA145
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, April 08, 2016 in Midlothian, TX
Aircraft: BELLANCA 7GCBC, registration: N5046N
Injuries: 1 Fatal, 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 either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On April 8, 2016, at 1502 central daylight time, a Bellanca 7GCBC, single-engine airplane, N5046N, was substantially damaged after impacting terrain during initial climb at Mid-Way Regional Airport (KJWY), Midlothian, Texas. The student pilot was fatally injured and the flight instructor sustained minor injuries. The airplane was registered to a private individual, and was operated by Big Q Aviation; Midlothian, Texas, as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight. Day visual meteorological
conditions (VMC) prevailed and a flight plan had not been filed. At the time of the accident the airplane was departing KJWY for a local flight.

The airplane had returned from an earlier instructional flight with a different student pilot and was refueled with full fuel. After a demonstration to the new student pilot of a preflight inspection the flight instructor was seated in the rear seat and the student pilot was in the front seat. During the northbound takeoff from runway 36 the flight instructor was manipulating the controls, with the student pilot observing. The flight instructor reported that as the airplane lifted off the runway in a three-point attitude he discovered the elevator control was jammed and he was unable push forward on the control stick.

Witnesses reported that after takeoff the airplane entered a nose-up climb to about 50 feet above ground level, followed by a sudden roll to the left and a steep nose-down descent. Video images from a security camera about 700 feet to the west showed that at the time of impact the airplane was descending, left wing down, in a nose-down attitude of about 45 degrees. The airplane came to rest upright and several witnesses quickly responded to give aid and assistance to the two occupants. There was a significant fuel spill, but no postimpact fire.

At 1455 the automated surface observation system at JWY reported wind from 030 degrees at 5 knots, visibility 10 miles, sky clear of clouds, temperature 22 degrees Celsius (C), dew point 3 degrees C, and an altimeter setting of 30.22 inches of mercury.

Two people were injured when a single-engine plane crashed Friday at Mid-Way Regional Airport in Ellis County.

A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said a flight instructor and student were doing some kind of training exercise in a Bellanca Citabria aircraft when the plane went down at the airport at about 3:11 p.m.

Both people were transported from the scene with serious injuries, the FAA said.

The airport is halfway between Midlothian and Waxahachie along state Highway 287.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate what led to the crash.

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