FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA San Antonio FSDO-17
NTSB Identification: CEN17LA003
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, October 01, 2016 in Taylor, TX
Aircraft: BEECH C23, registration: N9704L
Injuries: 2 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 may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
On October 1, 2016, about 0925 central daylight time, a Beechcraft C23 "Sundowner" single-engine airplane, N9704L, was destroyed after impacting trees and terrain during final approach at Taylor Municipal Airport (T74), Taylor, Texas. The pilot and the child passenger were seriously injured. The airplane was registered to Hybird, Inc.; Livingston, Texas, and was operated by a private individual as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions (VMC) prevailed and a visual flight rules (VFR) flight plan had not been filed. The airplane was destined for T74 and had departed McCampbell-Porter Airport (KTFP), Ingleside, Texas.
Initial reports showed the airplane experienced a complete loss of engine power when about one-half mile from the runway. During the accident sequence both wings were impact separated at the wing root and the completely separated fuselage came to rest upright about 20 feet from the initial tree impacts. The airplane was immediately involved in fire. The pilot removed the child passenger, exited the airplane, and walked to a nearby rural residence. Emergency responders arrived and provided aid to the two victims, who were then transported to the hospital.
At 0850 the KGTU Automated Surface Observation System at Georgetown, Texas, about 14 miles west-northwest from the accident location, reported calm wind, visibility 10 miles, sky clear of clouds, temperature 17 degrees Celsius (C), dew point 12 degrees C, with an altimeter setting of 30.10 inches of mercury.
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9:50 p.m. update: The pilot in a Beech C23 Sundowner plane that crashed Saturday near Taylor has been identified as Todd “Horny” Hornbuckle, 41, of Corpus Christi, the Texas Department of Public Safety said. His daughter, who was in the plane, was originally reported to be 8 years old but is now said to be 7 years old, officials said.
3:30 p.m. update: The pilot in a Beech C23 Sundowner plane that crashed Saturday near Taylor was reportedly severely burned and his daughter was injured, but the extent of her injuries is unknown, the Texas Department of Public Safety said.
The cause of the crash has not been determined and the National Transportation Safety Board is currently investigating.
A Beech C23 Sundowner plane crashed Saturday near Taylor, injuring its pilot and his passenger, an 8-year-old girl, the Texas Department of Public Safety said.
The pair were believed to have been traveling from Corpus Christi to Taylor when the plane crashed, DPS officials said.
1 p.m. update: A Beech C23 Sundowner plane crashed Saturday near Taylor, injuring its pilot and his passenger, an 8-year-old girl, the Texas Department of Public Safety said.
The Beech C23 Sundowner crashed just south of U.S. 79, about a half-mile short of the runway at Taylor Municipal Airport around 9:30 a.m.
The pilot was taken to Seton Medical Center Williamson in Round Rock before being taken to a burn unit at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. His daughter was taken to Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin, DPS officials said.
The identities of the pilot and his daughter have not been released.
The cause of the crash has not been determined and investigators are still on the scene.
Earlier: Two people, including an 8-year-old child, have been taken to the hospital after a Beech C23 Sundowner aircraft crashed in Taylor, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Authorities responded to the crash in the 620 block of County Road 403 at about 9:30 a.m.
The crash victims’ names have not been released and the state of their injuries is unknown, authorities said.
The cause has not been determined, authorities said. Williamson County sheriff’s deputies are on the scene and federal aviation investigators will be looking into the incident.
Original article can be found here: http://www.statesman.com
TAYLOR, Texas — A small plane crashed at about 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning just west of Taylor, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety and Taylor Police.
There were two people on board when the Beech C23 Sundowner airplane hit the ground and caught fire.
The pilot, identified as Todd “Horny” Hornbuckle, 41 of Corpus Christi, suffered severe burns and the passenger, his 7 year-old daughter, was also injured, but apparently escaped injury from the flames, a DPS spokesperson said.
Buckle was transported to the burn unit at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio and the child was transported to Dell Children's Medical Center in Austin. None of the injuries are considered life-threatening.
The crash happened near the 620 block of County Road 403. The plane lifted off this morning from Corpus Christi on its way to Taylor, but crashed just before reaching its destination.