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Waco Classic YMF-F5C, Koch Aviation LLC, N30AB; accident occurred July 02, 2016 in Austin, Texas -Kathryn's Report


NTSB Identification: CEN16LA254
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, July 02, 2016 in Austin, TX
Aircraft: WACO YMF-F5C, registration: N30AB
Injuries: 3 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 July 2, 2016, about 1600 central daylight time, a Waco YMF-F5C airplane, N30AB, impacted Lake Travis, near Austin, Texas, during a forced landing following an in-flight loss of engine power. The pilot and two passengers sustained minor injuries. The airplane sustained substantial wing damage. The airplane was registered to Koch Aviation LLC and was operated by the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed along the route of flight about the time of the accident, and the flight was not operated on a flight plan. The local flight originated from the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, near Austin, Texas, about 1545.

According to a preliminary telephone interview with the pilot, the airplane had a loss of engine power. The engine intermittently produced power until it completely stopped producing power. The airplane nosed over during the forced landing on the lake. The pilot indicated that the airplane should have had fuel remaining on board in the fuel tanks.

According to the airplane's type certificate information, this model airplane is a modernized version of the original YMF. The airplane was designed with three seats and it had a 49-gallon standard fuel capacity consisting of two 24.5-gallon tanks in its upper wing center section.

At 1553, the recorded weather at AUS was: Wind 180 degrees at 15 knots gusting to 21 knots; visibility 10 statute miles; sky condition scattered clouds at 5,500 feet; temperature 36 degrees C; dew point 22 degrees C; altimeter 29.95 inches of mercury.

AUSTIN (KXAN) – It was a close call on Lake Travis Saturday afternoon when a plane crashed into the water near the shore. The three passengers inside the small plane were able to escape without any injuries.

Austin-Travis County EMS says the crash happened in the water near Bob Wentz Park around 4 p.m.

Witnesses at the park tell KXAN it was a terrifying experience. “People were just in shock, we just couldn’t believe what we were watching,” said Geoff Grunska. Along with family and friends, Grunska is visiting Lake Travis for the holiday weekend. He said the plane was flying about 150 feet above the water when he heard the engine go quite.

“We were trying to figure out what he was doing, then we realized the engine cut out and we were like ‘Oh this is not going to end well,'” said Grunska.

Within seconds, Grunska says he watched the plane hit the water. “He hit it flat, but the force of the plane, it flipped it right over. Within a matter of 45 seconds that plane was completely submerged.”

Boaters and those on the shore rushed to help. “There was a boat that got out there probably within two minutes, there were boaters and other patrons already on the scene making sure the guy was fine, we were just watching it from the shore here.”

An FAA spokesman confirms the plane was a WACO YMF-FSC late model open cockpit bi-plane, but could not say what caused the plane to crash. A search of the plane’s tail number indicates it was owned by Koch Aviation. On Facebook the company says they fly for Austin Biplane.

Medics say one of the passengers suffered minor injuries but was not taken to the hospital.

KXAN has reached out to Koch Aviation for comment. The FAA says they will investigate the crash.

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AUSTIN, Texas — Austin EMS officials say a small plane crashed near Windy Point-Bob Wentz Park Saturday afternoon.

The call came in just after 4:15 P.M. Saturday at the 7000 block of Comanche Trail in west Travis County.

According to reports three people on the plane were able to get out of the plane and only one person had minor injuries. There were no patients transported to a hospital as a result of the crash.

Ken VeArd of Pilot Partner said he works with the pilot of the plane that crashed on Saturday. He said the biplane is used for sightseeing and it's flown by a pilot who was once in the Air Force. VeArd said he saw the video of the crash. He tells KEYE TV the pilot carefully calculated the spot to crash land to ensure the safety of those on board.

"He's a hero, he did everything he was supposed to do," said witness Preston Montee.

Montee said he and his family were only a couple hundred yards away when they saw the accident. He said once the planes gear's caught water, the plane flipped upside down.

"The plane sank in about a minute, minute and a half," said Montee.

The FAA is leading the investigation to figure out what caused the plane to crash.

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AUSTIN -- A dramatic plane crash captured on video by a woman on Lake Travis Saturday afternoon resulted in only minor injuries, officials said.

Medics responded to a plane that crashed into Lake Travis near Bob Wentz Park at Windy Point around 4 p.m.

Instagram video posted by Jennifer Malone shows a small red craft skid onto the water before flipping onto its back.

Emergency crews quickly reached the occupants of the plane and brought them to dry land.

No patients were transported for further medical assistance, according to authorities.

Police and DPS officials say the FAA has been notified about the crash and will conduct an investigation.

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A plane crashed on Saturday afternoon into Lake Travis near Windy Point-Bob Wentz Park with three people on board, but all of them are safe, emergency officials said.

One person sustained minor injuries, but was not taken to the hospital. All passengers are now on land, Austin-Travis County EMS said.

The call reporting the crash came in around 4 p.m., EMS said.

Several bystanders on boats reportedly drove up to the area and transported the people onto land, medics said.

The plane that crashed is a biplane, but it is unknown were it was coming from or traveling to, said DPS spokeswoman and trooper Robbie Barrera.

No further details are known at this time, Barrera said. The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will continue to investigate the crash, she said.

Original article can be found here:

AUSTIN - One person suffered minor injuries after a biplane crashed on Lake Travis Saturday afternoon.

The plane took off from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and crashed shortly after 4 p.m. near Windy Point and Bob Wentz Park shortly after 4 p.m. EMS said that all three occupants, a pilot and two passengers, were able to exit the plane. One person had minor injuries, but none were transported to the hospital.

As of 5:22 p.m. the plane was still completely submerged in the lake. 

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