The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Dallas FSDO-05
Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf
NTSB Identification: CEN17LA042
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, November 20, 2016 in Daingerfield, TX
Aircraft: NORTHWING NAVAJO, registration: N360XL
Injuries: 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 may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
On November 19, 2016, about 1900 central standard time (CST), an unregistered Navajo Northwing, N360XL, impacted trees during an unintentional takeoff from Greater Morris County Airport (8F5), Daingerfield, Texas. The airplane sustained substantial damage. The non-certificated pilot, and sole occupant onboard, was seriously 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 instrument flight rules flight plan was filed.
The non-certificated pilot stated he did not have the intent to fly. He was attempting to perform a high-speed taxi for the owner when the airplane "caught some wind" and became airborne.