Sunday, April 10, 2016

Rockwell 690B Commander, N690TH: Fatal accident occurred April 09, 2016 in Taylor, Williamson County, Texas

FAA Flight Standards District Office:  FAA San Antonio FSDO-17

NTSB Identification: CEN16FA146
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, April 09, 2016 in Taylor, TX
Aircraft: ROCKWELL 690B, registration: N690TH
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

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 9, 2016, at 0951 central daylight time, a Rockwell International 690B, twin-engine airplane, N690TH, owned and operated by a private individual, departed controlled flight and impacted terrain near Taylor, Texas. The pilot and the flight instructor on board were fatally injured and the airplane was destroyed by impact forces and a post-impact fire. The local instructional flight was being conducted under the provisions of 14 CFR Part 91 without a flight plan. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed. The flight departed from Georgetown Municipal Airport, Georgetown, Texas at 0941.

The purpose of the flight was for the pilot to get air work for insurance purposes. The flight profile was to include single engine air work. Preliminary radar data showed that the airplane was at an altitude of about 5,000 feet msl and had slowed to a ground speed of about 90 knots prior to disappearing off radar. The airplane impacted terrain shortly after the loss of radar contact.

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TAYLOR, TEXAS - In a new report released Wednesday about the small plane crash in Taylor on April 9 that killed at least two people, officials released some new details, including the purpose of the flight and what happened just before the crash.

According to the report from the National Transportation Safety Board, the pilot was flying the plane in order to "get air work for insurance purposes." The flight was to include single engine air work.

The pilot of the plane and the flight instructor on board -- Mick Brethower of Georgetown and Herbert Davis of Huffman -- were killed in the crash and "post-impact fire."

The privately-owned plane took off from Georgetown Municipal Airport, according to the report.

The report also stated that the plane was at an altitude of about 5,000 feet and "had slowed to a ground speed of about 90 knots prior to disappearing off radar." The plane then collided with the ground shortly after.

A spokesperson from NTSB said a salvage crew picked up pieces of the aircraft that were wedged deep into the ground. He said those pieces have now been taken to a secure location to investigate.

The cause of the crash will not be released is not expected to be released for several months.

The owner of a plane and a flight instructor died when a plane crashed and burned in Williamson County on Saturday, Justice of the Peace Bill Gravell said Monday. He declined to release their names.

He said DNA testing that could take weeks needs to be done to formally identify the victims. Their relatives have been notified, he said. Authorities are still trying to determine if there were other passengers on the turbo-prop plane that could carry up to 11 people.

The plane had taken off from the Georgetown Municipal Airport on a training flight, Gravell said.

It crashed about 9:04 a.m. Saturday northeast of Taylor near the intersection of FM 1331 and County Road 429, according to the Department of Public Safety.

The fire was so dangerous that it took firefighters three hours to extinguish, Gravell said. The crash created a large hole in the ground where aviation fuel had pooled, so firefighters were trying to avoid explosions, he said.

There was a fatal plane crash in Taylor Saturday morning.

The crash happened just Southeast of Granger Lake. It was reported off FM 1331 just before 10 a.m.

Officers on scene described the scene as a mangled mess.

Authorities believe at least two people were inside the plane. One of them a flight instructor, the other a trainee.

They are not releasing the number of fatalities at this point.

The twin engine aircraft took off from Georgetown airport.

Brush trucks were able to get to the plane and take care of any smoke.

The FAA is investigating what caused the crash.

"We had a subject that lives over here in the area that heard the plane, saw the engines were having some issues, he looked up and saw the crash," said Trooper DL Wilson with Texas Highway Patrol.

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Williamson County authorities are digging for answers and it's taking some heavy machinery to do it. They're probing a fatal plane crash near Granger Lake.

Wide open skies and wide open scenery attract lots of weekend pilots to Granger Lake. But today the National Transportation Safety Board finds itself investigating what could have gone wrong on one such scenic flight.

Neighbors say they're used to hearing the buzz of airplanes over the open farmland that surrounds the local lake. Neal Hoffman sometimes worries when he hears them. He says, "I hear them all the time and some of them don't sound too healthy either."

And one neighbor told authorities he thought the same thing when he one heard Saturday morning. Texas DPS Trooper DL Wilson says, "A subject lives over here in the area... heard the plane... heard the engines were having some issues. He looked up and saw the crash."

The plane came from the nearby Georgetown Airport where no one wanted to talk about the crash today. Meanwhile investigators brought heavy machinery to the crash site to dig up pieces of the aircraft that were buried on impact. And there will be a lot of digging. Trooper Wilson says, "It was a larger plane than we thought at first." The plane was an AC90 Commander twin-engine turbo prop which could seat 8 or more.

Right now investigators believe there were only two people on the plane when it went down. But they concede it will take time and maybe dental records or DNA evidence to determine just how many people were killed and who they were.

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WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — The Federal Aviation Administrations is trying to figure out what caused a small plane to crash around 9:45 a.m. Saturday.

According to DPS a call of a plane crash came in near the intersection of FM 1331 and County Road 428, about ten miles northeast of Taylor in Williamson County.

When officers arrived at the address they discovered an Rockwell 690B Commander aircraft had crashed. A witness on scene told Williamson County Sheriff’s deputies that they heard what sounded like engine trouble before the crash.

Virginia Falk lives across the street from the field where the plane crashed.

“I heard an airplane, I could hear them humming around here because there’s quite a few of them that do that.”

But what she heard just after that sound, was unfamiliar.

“The hum of the engine went away and there was like a boom or a bang,” recalls Virginia, as she describes the noise.

That’s when Virginia says she ran outside.

“I could see this big straight stream of black smoke going straight up in the air and right away there was a ball of fire on the ground.”

DPS says the plane had departed from Georgetown Municipal Airport earlier that morning for a training exercise.

Virginia says all the training over her house is even scarier after Saturday’s crash. She’s thankful the plane didn’t hit any homes.

“It’s scary to be out here and have that (training) going on all the time,” says Virginia.

This isn’t the first deadly crash near Virginia’s house. It stirred up memories of a friend who lost his life in a crop-dusting crash ten years ago.

“He would always fly over the house too and you know, I knew that and yeah I thought of him (today).”

Virginia hopes she isn’t forced to see more police lights on her road anytime soon.

Investigators still have not released the names of the victims, or exactly how many people died in the crash.

The Federal Aviation Administration was on the scene working the investigation, and investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board are expected to arrive Sunday morning.

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AUSTIN (KVUE News) - Two people are dead after a plane crashed northeast of Taylor Saturday morning.

According to DPS a call about the crash came in at 9:04 a.m. near the intersection of FM 1331 and County Road 429.

When officers arrived on scene they discovered  what they described as a small plane with two passengers.

Both of the passengers were pronounced dead at the scene. The victims have not been identified at this time as the scene is investigated.

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