Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Mooney M20K 231, N1159G: Accident occurred January 04, 2017 near A.L. Mangham Jr. Regional Airport (KOCH), Nacogdoches County, Texas

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

FAA Flight Standards District Office: HOUSTON

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report   -   National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: CEN17LA068
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, January 04, 2017 in Nacogdoches, TX
Aircraft: MOONEY AIRCRAFT CORP. M20, registration: N1159G
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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 4, 2017, about 1545 central standard time, a Mooney M20K airplane, N1159G, conducted a forced landing near Nacogdoches, Texas. The private rated pilot sustained minor injuries and the airplane was substantially damaged . The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which operated without a flight plan. The flight departed the Kerrville Municipal Airport and was about to land at the A L Mangham Jr Regional Airport (OCH), Nacogdoches, Texas.

According to preliminary information, the airplane had recently undergone an annual inspection and the flight was the first flight since the inspection. While in the pattern to land at OCH, the pilot switched fuel tanks and the engine stopped producing power. The pilot performed a forced landing; however, the airplane sustained substantial damage to the wings during the landing.

The airplane was retained for further examination.

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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