FAA Flight Standards District Office: HOUSTON
AIRCRAFT ENGINE POWER BEGAN TO CUT IN AND OUT, LANDED IN A FIELD, NACOGDOCHES, TEXAS
Aircraft Make: MOONEY
Aircraft Model: M20K
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Flight Phase: EMERGENCY DESCENT (EMG)
Nacogdoches County, Texas -- An East Texas pilot was able to walk away from a Nacogdoches County crash site with no injuries.
According to officials, the plane went down around 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, near Terry Crawford Road. The crash site is located off Highway 7 near the A.L. Mangham Jr. Regional Airport.
The plane, identified as an Mooney M20K 231, is registered to Donald Keith Irby of Cushing.
Officials say Irby began to have engine failure before gliding into the field. He was not seriously injured in the crash.
According to the pilot, he had flown from Nacogdoches to Longview to get his yearly inspection. On the way back, Irby stated he had engine failure close the airport. The pilot said he was able to put the plane down safely in a field which had recently been clear cut.
Irby said despite the scary incident, he will continue to fly, but he will need to replace his now totaled aircraft.
No other passengers were on board the plane.
The FAA is investigating the accident.
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NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A plane has crashed in the area of State Highway 7 in Nacogdoches County.
According to DPS spokeswoman Stephanie Davis, the crash occurred in a wooded area near Terry Crawford Road around 4 p.m.
Donald Keith Irby, 63, of Sugarland, said he had picked up his plane in Longview after having it inspected. He was on his way to the Nacogdoches County airport when his engine began cutting out and he knew he had to find a safe landing spot and landed it in a clearing of dead trees.
Irby, who owns a ranch in Cushing, said he has some pain to his legs but, other than that, is fine.
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