Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf
FAA Flight Standards District Office: ABQ FSDO
NTSB Identification: CEN17LA089
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, January 28, 2017 in Butterfield, TX
Aircraft: ERCOUPE 415-C, registration: N94694
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.
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 January 28, 2017, about 1020 mountain standard time, an Ercoupe model 415-C single-engine airplane, N94694, was substantially damaged during a forced landing after a total loss of engine power during cruise flight near Butterfield, Texas. The commercial pilot, the sole occupant, was not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a positioning flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the cross-country flight. The flight originated from Cavern City Air Terminal (CNM), Carlsbad, New Mexico, about 0856. The intended destination was Deming Municipal Airport (DMN), Deming, New Mexico.
The pilot reported that he was positioning the airplane from Texas to California for the current owner who had recently purchased it. The airplane was topped-off with fuel (24 gallons total) before the accident flight. The pilot reported that the airplane experienced a total loss of engine power about 1 hour 24 minutes after takeoff. His corrective actions were unsuccessful in restoring engine power and a forced landing was made to a nearby dirt road. He reported that during landing roll the airplane's left wing struck a small Yucca tree, which subsequently spun the airplane 180 degrees into a berm. The airplane's left wing and twin vertical stabilizers were substantially damaged during the accident. The pilot reported that, after the accident, the header fuel tank was empty and the two wing fuel tanks contained at least 7 gallons each.
The entire airplane was recovered to a secured location where a detailed examination will be conducted.
Texas DPS said today around 1:30 a.m., they received a report of a small plane that appeared to have crashed eight miles north of US 62/180 on Hueco Tanks Road in El Paso County.
The department said that when troopers got on scene, it was determined that the plane had a minor crash while landing the day before.
Authorities said the owner of the aircraft had already made proper notification to the Federal Aviation Administration.
Texas DPS said no injuries were reported to the department for this incident.
EL PASO COUNTY, Texas - Texas state troopers tell ABC-7 that DPS received a report of a small plane crash around 1:30 Sunday morning.
The aircraft crashed approximately 8 miles north of US highway 62/180 on Hueco Tanks Road in El Paso County.
When troopers arrived at the scene they were able to determine the plane had crashed while attempting to land on Saturday, January 28th, 2017.
The owner of the aircraft had already made proper notification to the Federal Aviation Administration.
No injuries were reported.