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Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Irving, Texas
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NTSB Identification: GAA17CA121
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, January 23, 2017 in Denton, TX
Aircraft: CESSNA 150, registration: N3545L
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.
NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.
The pilot reported that while on base to final, the engine quit. He further reported that the airplane could not make it to the runway and force landed in a small field a half mile from the airport.
The airplane impacted a tree during landing, which resulted in substantial damage to the airplane's fuselage and wings.
The pilot reported there were no pre-accident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Inspector who responded to the accident stated, that when he arrived he only observed a few drops of fuel remaining in the airplane's undamaged fuel system. He further stated that prior to removal of the wings from the airplane for transport, all the fuel was drained from the fuel tanks, totaling approximately 1.5 gallons of fuel.
A Cessna 150F lost engine power and made an emergency landing Monday morning about a half mile north of Denton Enterprise Airport before coming to a stop on Jim Christal Road, according to city of Denton spokeswoman Lindsey Baker.
The two occupants were not injured during the incident. Officials said Richard Emery, the 76-year-old registered owner, was piloting the single-engine plane at the time.
About 10:30 a.m. Monday, the plane experienced engine failure and glided past the airport runway into a field, Baker said, describing the landing as “soft.” The plane eventually went through a barbed-wire fence before coming to a stop on Jim Christal Road between Western Boulevard and Masch Branch Road in west Denton.
“It looks like the pilot did a great job of handling it,” Baker said.
City officials said the plane took off from Clark Airport in Justin, roughly 10 miles southeast of Denton Enterprise Airport. The owner’s home address, according to Denton Central Appraisal District records, is in Argyle about 5 miles south of the Denton airport.