Sunday, October 16, 2016

Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub, N9473D: Accident occurred October 15, 2016 near Jasper County Airport (KJAS), Texas

National Transportation Safety Board - Aviation Accident Preliminary Report:

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Houston FSDO-09

NTSB Identification: CEN17LA018
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, October 15, 2016 in Jasper, TX
Aircraft: PIPER PA 18-150, registration: N9473D
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 October 15, 2016, about 1400 central daylight time, a Piper PA18-150 airplane, N9473D, conducted a forced landing near Jasper, Texas. The private rated pilot received minor injuries and the airplane was substantially damaged during the accident. 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. 

The pilot reported to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector that the flight had just departed from the Jasper County Airport (KJAS). After reaching about 1,000 ft, the engine lost power. He was unable to restore full engine power and maintain altitude, so he selected an area for the forced landing. The airplane impacted trees, coming to rest with slight right wing down, nose low attitude, among several trees. 

Substantial damage was noted to the airplane's fuselage and wings. Fuel was present on site. 

The airplane was retained for further examination.

A Jasper pilot had non-life threatening injuries following a Saturday afternoon plane crash. It happened at about 2:00 in a wooded area a few miles north of Jasper, west of Highway 96 north.

The pilot, 76-year-old Dr. Gerald V. Cammack, was participating in the Annual Ghost Run Air Race at Jasper County Airport in his Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub aircraft, and had just departed on a north-northeast heading. Cammack said he was at an altitude of about 1,000 feet when he began losing horsepower. Cammack said he played with the throttle and very briefly regained power, but the power went away again and he began losing altitude.

Cammack said he had a decision of going down in a stand of pine trees that stood about 50 feet tall, or a group of younger pine trees that were about 15 feet tall, so he chose the shorter trees.

The decision probably saved his life.

The aircraft was apparently cushioned by the smaller trees, and came to a stop with the nose down and the tail partially up.

Cammack and others said that the aircraft had just been topped off with fuel. Although the wings were damaged, thankfully, the fuel tanks didn't rupture and no fire resulted from the incident.

According to Cammack, he immediately crawled out of the crashed plane and waited for help.

KJAS owner Mike Lout was also participating in the race. He said that he had just landed his plane when others at the airport told him about the crash, so he and other pilots immediately went back into the air and began searching for the downed aircraft.

Lout used radio direction skills to home in a signal from the emergency beacon in Cammack's airplane, and located the wreckage about 5 miles north of Jasper within 15 minutes.

Lout then directed local aviator Quincy Martindale, along with Jasper County Emergency Corps President Billy Williford and other emergency personnel to the scene of the crash.

Cammack was transported by Acadian EMS to Christus Jasper Memorial Hospital where he was, at last word, still undergoing treatment.

The cause of the crash will be investigated by federal aviation authorities.


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