Thursday, October 27, 2016

Wittman W-10 Tailwind, N557CL: Fatal accident occurred October 26, 2016 at Pearland Regional Airport (KLVJ), Houston, Texas

National Transportation Safety Board - Aviation Accident Preliminary Report:

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Houston FSDO-09

NTSB Identification: CEN17FA026
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, October 26, 2016 in Pearland, TX
Aircraft: ROE CLEO WITTMAN TAILWIND W10, registration: N557CL
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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 26, 2016 about 1730 central daylight time (CDT), a Wittman Tailwind W-10, N557CL, was destroyed when it impacted terrain on the eastern edge of Pearland Regional Airport (LVJ), Pearland, Texas. The airplane had just departed from runway 14 on a local flight. The private pilot, the sole occupant, was fatally injured. The airplane was privately registered and operated under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, and no flight plan had been filed.

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PEARLAND, Texas - A Houston pilot is dead tonight after his plane crashed down at Pearland Regional Airport.

The accident happened around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday off County Road 124 and County Road 127 near the airport.

Preliminary information from the Texas Department of Public Safety and Federal Aviation Administration indicates that an experimental category Wittman Tailwind aircraft crashed upon take-off.

Officials identified the pilot as 36-year old Jared Baxter Ryan of Houston. 


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