Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Beechcraft D95A Travel Air, N76S, Bay Area Aero Club: Fatal accident occurred October 04, 2016 in Hitchcock, Galveston County, Texas

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Houston FSDO-09

NTSB Identification: CEN17FA005
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, October 04, 2016 in Dickinson, TX
Aircraft: BEECH D95A, registration: N76S
Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Serious.

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 October 4, 2016, about 1827 central daylight time, a Beechcraft D95A "Travel Air", multi-engine airplane, N76S, was substantially damaged after impacting trees and terrain while maneuvering near Dickinson, Texas. The flight instructor was fatally injured and the pilot receiving instruction was seriously injured. The airplane was registered to a private individual, and was operated by Bay Area Flying Club; Pearland, Texas; as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight. Visual meteorological conditions (VMC) prevailed and a visual flight rules (VFR) flight plan had not been filed. The airplane had departed from Pearland Regional Airport (KLVJ), Pearland, Texas, for the local flight.

The airplane was maneuvering about 4,800 feet above ground level (agl) when it slowed and began descending rapidly. A witness about one-mile south took a cell-phone video which showed the airplane descending rapidly in a fully developed spin. The airplane did not recover from the spin and impacted an abandoned tree-lined canal next to a fallow rice field in a remote area. The witness and the pilot who survived both called 9-1-1 emergency.

At 1752 the KGLS Automated Surface Observation System at Galveston, Texas, about 11 miles east from the accident location, reported wind from 110 degrees at 11 knots, visibility 10 miles, scattered clouds at 2,300 feet, temperature 28 degrees Celsius (C), dew point 24 degrees C, with an altimeter setting of 29.79 inches of mercury. Data from the U. S. Naval Observatory showed that sunset occurred at 1902 and the end of evening nautical twilight occurred at 1925.

HITCHCOCK, TX (KTRK) -- A 911 call released from a deadly small plane crash in Hitchcock shows the survivor speaking extremely calmly to dispatchers.

The Beechcraft D95A Travel Air crashed Tuesday night near FM 2004 and FM Road 646.

Brian Arnott, 69, was killed. Bacel Nseir, 38, suffered serious injuries and was taken to UTMB Hospital in Galveston. He's now out of intensive care, but remains hospitalized.

The NTSB is still investigating the cause of the crash.

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HITCHCOCK, Texas - Federal investigators started their work on Wednesday to determine what caused a deadly plane crash in Hitchcock.

The Department of Public Safety said Brian Arnott, 69, from the Pasadena area was killed.

The plane went down near the intersection of FM 2004 and FM 646 Tuesday night.

A National Transportation Safety Board investigator said there wasn't a distress call before the crash, but a 38-year-old man who survived managed to get help.

"After the crash, the surviving person called on his cell phone to 911 emergency and gave directions and they came and picked him up and took him to the hospital,” said Tom Latson, an NTSB Air Safety Investigator.

The survivor was in critical condition Wednesday.

Investigators with DPS believed the two men, who were both pilots, departed from the Pearland Regional Airport. It was unclear where they were headed.

A friend of the men on-board the aircraft told KPRC he believes they were on a scheduled training flight. The man said both were pilots, however, one of the men had far more flying hours in this particular aircraft than the other.

“It was beautiful weather yesterday and there is no requirement for pilots in this airspace to have a flight plan or be followed by air traffic control,” said Latson.

The owner of the Beechcraft D95A Travel Air said here weren't any previous mechanical issues.

The NTSB will determine if that could've happened Tuesday.

“What I plan to do now is document the scene, document the ground scars, the wreckage that I have there and probably remove as many electronic components containing non-volatile memory that I can,” said Latson.

Arnott was a longtime member of the Bay Area Aero Club. The president of the club said its members were saddened by his loss.

Friends said Arnott was a “very experienced pilot” and was well respected by many.

The NTSB was expected to release its initial report next week. The entire investigation could take up to a year.


GALVESTON COUNTY, Texas – A Pasadena mans was killed and a Houston man was injured in a small plane crashed in Hitchcock on Tuesday night. 

According to the Department of Public Safety, at least two people were on board.

The man killed in the crash has been identified as Brian Arnott, of Pasadena, according to DPS. The second individual is a man from the Houston area. He was airlifted to UTMB Galveston.

The crash occurred at the intersection of FM 2004 and FM 646. 

Both men were pilots, so investigators have not confirmed yet which one was operating the plane.

GALVESTON COUNTY (KTRK) -- One person is dead after a small plane crash in Hitchcock Tuesday night.

Authorities were called to the area near FM 2004 and FM Road 646 just after 6:50pm, investigators said.

Another person on board the plane was removed by emergency officials. He was transported to the hospital by Life Flight.

"At this time we are trying to put all the pieces together," DPS Sgt. Stephen Woodard said.

DPS officials believe the plane took off from Pearland Regional Airport.


Authorities have identified a man who died Tuesday night in a plane crash in Galveston County that left another man critically injured.

DPS Sgt. Stephen Woodard identified the victim as 71-year-old Brian Arnott, of the Pasadena area, who died at the scene. Woodard said a 48-year-old man, of Houston, was in critical condition at UTMB Galveston.

The Beechcraft D95A Travel Air went down about 7 p.m. in an isolated area near FM 2004 and FM 646 in Hitchcock, said officials with the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Woodard said both men on board the plane were licensed pilots. It wasn't immediately clear who had control of the aircraft at the time of the crash.
Woodard said it was unclear  from where the men had taken off or where they were headed.

According to FAA records, the airplane is owned by a person who lives in Alvin. But DPS officials said the registered owner was not on board. The FAA is investigating the incident to determine what caused the crash.


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