Friday, June 3, 2016

Capella FW-2TR XLS, N418DS: Accident occurred June 03, 2016 in Alamo, Hidalgo County, Texas

Kathryn's Report:

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

NTSB Identification: CEN16LA207
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, June 03, 2016 in Alamo, TX
Aircraft: SMITH Capella FW2TR, registration: N418DS
Injuries: 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 may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On June 3, 2016, about 1020 central daylight time, a Smith Capella Aircraft FW2TR (XLS) airplane, N418DS, was substantially damaged during a forced landing near Alamo, Texas. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The local flight departed about 1000.

According to the pilot, he was preparing to return to the airport when the engine lost power. The airplane was at 2,500 feet above ground level and the pilot continued towards the airport looking for a place to land. As he approached the airport his options diminished and during the forced landing to a smaller field the airplane hit a tree.

ALAMO – An experimental plane with a 98-year-old pilot crashed in south Alamo.

DPS troopers, EMS crews, and firefighters are at the scene. The first responders checked on the pilot. He only had a slight cut on his wrist.

The pilot was identified as Dick Smith. He told CHANNEL 5 NEWS he built the plane himself and usually flies in the area. Smith said he was in the Navy and has been flying for 70 years.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the plane is a fixed-wing, single-engine aircraft or an experimental aircraft.

Smith said he made the call to the traffic control just before he crashed in a tree.

“I was in Edinburg playing around, practicing landings and having fun and headed home. The engine quit on the way home,” he said.

DPS Lt. Johnny Hernandez said preliminary information suggests engine failure. They’re waiting for FAA officials to arrive and determine the cause of the crash.

The accident happened on Whalen Road, between Ridge Road and Moore Road.

According to FAA regulations, experimental aircraft certificates are issued to pilots in a few categories such as training, to market surveys and air racing.

“Requirements of the FAA for a pilot’s license with endorsement of commercial pilot. So this is something that is very, very interesting to see a gentlemen or a person, still meeting the basic requirements physically for a commercial pilot’s license,” Emergency Management Coordinator George Garret said.

The FAA added there is no age limit to fly. It all depends on how the person feels and if they have a pilot license.

They are continuing their investigation how the plane crashed.

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