FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Lubbock FSDO-13
NTSB Identification: CEN16LA186
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, May 15, 2016 in Alpine, TX
Aircraft: PIPER PA 32R, registration: N185DX
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.
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 may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
On May 15, 2016, about 1430 central daylight time, a Piper PA-32R-301 airplane, N185DX, was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain following a loss of power 1 mile east of the Alpine-Casparis Municipal Airport (E38), Alpine, Texas. The pilot and passenger were not injured. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) flight plan had been filed for the flight. The flight was originating at the time of the accident.
According to the pilot, about 700 feet above the ground the cylinder head temperature went really high. The pilot turned back towards the airport and landed short of the runway after losing power. The right wing sustained substantial damage during the impact with terrain.
BREWSTER COUNTY, TX (KWES) - A small plane crashed near the City of Alpine Waste Water Treatment Plant in according to Brewster County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.
The pilot, Mark Thomas, reported engine trouble upon flying out of the Alpine Municipal Airport.
Thomas tried take the plane back to the airport, but was unsuccessful.
The plane was forced to land in an open field, about two and a half miles southeast of the airport.
Thomas said he and his wife were headed back to Corpus Christi after a trip to Terlingua, both were uninjured.
Authorities say the Federal Aviation Administration was notified.
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