Thursday, September 22, 2016

Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche, N7663Y: Accident occurred September 21, 2016 near Mineral Wells Airport Mineral (KMWL), Wells, Cherokee County, Texas

National Transportation Safety Board - Aviation Accident Preliminary Report:

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Fort Worth AFW FSDO-19

NTSB Identification: CEN16LA380
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, September 21, 2016 in Mineral Wells, TX
Aircraft: PIPER PA 30, registration: N7663Y
Injuries: 2 Serious, 1 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 September 21, 2016, about 1920 central daylight time, a PIPER PA-30 airplane, N7663Y, was substantially damaged following a forced landing near Mineral Wells Airport (MWL), Mineral Wells, Texas. The pilot and one passenger were seriously injured and one passenger was 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 cross-country flight departed Marfa Municipal Airport (MRF), Marfa, Texas, at 1515 and was en route to MWL.

According to the FAA inspector who took the accident notification, the pilot cancelled radar flight following 10 miles west of MWL. About one mile from the airport the engine lost power. The airplane was unable to reach the runway and during the forced landing the airplane was substantially damaged. One witness reported seeing the airplane flying low to the ground, not gaining any altitude. The fuselage and wings were crushed and wrinkled and the empennage separated partially from the fuselage.

A twin-engine Piper lost power and crashed Wednesday night in a field west of Mineral Wells Municipal Airport, injuring two of three men aboard.

Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Ricky Hunter said the plane went down in a field at around 7:21 p.m., coming to rest along the side of Municipal Highway 379, about a quarter mile west of FM Road 1195.

He said two men in the front seats, including the pilot, were injured and flown from the scene by medical helicopters to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. The rear-seat passenger was not injured and said to be talking and walking around the scene.

The three men are not from Mineral Wells, Hunter said.

“The pilot is 37, and I'm not sure of the ages of the other two,” Hunter said. “I don't think they are going to be related. They were coming back from a hunting trip, is what the passenger told me. They were coming in from Marfa.”

The passenger said the plane lost power. Hunter could only speculate the pilot attempted to make it to the airport before the plane fell to the ground.

The roadway was closed to traffic as fire department personnel attempted to clean up spilled engine fuel and clean up other debris. Hunter said they were awaiting Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board officials to arrive and investigate.

According to online data based on the plane's tail number, the plane was registered Sept. 2 to a resident of Temple, Texas. It was previously owned since 2012 by Pahrump Valley Flyer LLC, of Pahrump, Nev.

Its air worthiness was listed as standard/normal, and flew as recently as two weeks ago between Temple and Austin.

The four-seat, 1965 Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche (two fixed-wing engines) craft has a Lycoming IO-320 Series (reciprocating) engine with 150hp. It weighs 12,500 pounds and has a speed of 139 mph.


A small plane has crashed near the Mineral Wells Municipal Airport, injuring two people, officials say Wednesday evening.

The twin-engine Piper Comanche had three people on board when it went down at about 7:20 p.m. while attempting to land, according to Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford.

The Texas Department of Public Safety said the plane lost power and went down in a field, coming to a rest on the shoulder of MH 379, near Highway 1195, northwest of the airport.

The pilot and one passenger were transported by air ambulance to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth for treatment of unknown injuries, and a second passenger was not injured.

Lunsford said the pilot had reported some sort of engine trouble before the crash.

The FAA is investigating, and additional details have not been released.


MINERAL WELLS (CBSDFW.COM) – Mineral Wells Police confirm a small plane crashed about a quarter of a mile short of the runway at Mineral Wells Municipal Airport.

It happened around 7:20 p.m. Wednesday off FM 1195.

According to the FAA, three people were on board the plane. 

The pilot and front seat passenger rushed to the hospital via air ambulance.

The pilot is in critical condition.  

No word on the front seat passenger’s condition.

The rear seat passenger was not injured.

The DPS says a power failure caused the crash.

The plane, a twin-engine Piper Comanche, came down in a field just west of FM 1195 and skidded to a stop on the shoulder of Municipal Highway 379.


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