Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Cessna 421C Golden Eagle, Klass Enterprises LLC, N421TK: Fatal accident occurred April 25, 2017 near Huntsville Municipal Airport (KUTS), Walker County, Texas

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident. 

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office;  Houston, Texas
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report -  National Transportation Safety Board:  https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Klass Enterprises LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/N421TK 

NTSB Identification: CEN17FA167
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, April 25, 2017 in Huntsville, TX
Aircraft: CESSNA 421C, registration: N421TK
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

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 either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On April 25, 2017, about 1038 central daylight time, a Cessna model 421C, N421TK, was destroyed when it impacted trees and terrain near Huntsville, Texas. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane sustained impact and fire damage to all structural components. The aircraft was registered to and operated by Klass Enterprises, LLC, under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a post-maintenance test flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which was not on a flight plan. The flight originated from the Lone Star Executive Airport, Conroe, Texas, at an unconfirmed time.

A witness, who was an off-duty police officer, reported seeing the airplane flying in a westerly direction about 150 feet above the ground. He said that the airplane banked left about 45 degrees and he noticed that the left propeller of the airplane was not turning and the airplane was losing altitude. Suspecting a problem, the officer got into his car and in doing so, he heard the operating engine either idle down or shut off completely. The airplane then went out of sight behind a tree line and the officer observed a large plume of smoke. The officer added that when the airplane passed over his residence the flaps appeared to be retracted or at a very low angle and the landing gear was in the retracted position. He noted that the right engine did not did not sound as though it was sputtering or experiencing difficulties until he heard it idle down. He further noted that he did not see any smoke coming from the aircraft as it passed overhead.

The airplane impacted trees and terrain before coming to rest inverted in a shallow ranch pond. The lower portion of the fuselage and the wings remained above the surface of the water and showed evidence of fire damage. Based on the tree impact, the airplane was traveling in a southerly direction when the impact occurred. On-scene examination of the airplane was not possible due to its location in the pond and further examination will be conducted after removal from the accident site.

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov.

Kermit Greer Faulkner Jr.

HUNTSVILLE, Texas - One person has died after a small plane crashed near Huntsville.

According to DPS, divers have recovered the body of the male pilot from the crash site. DPS said that police received a call around 9:30 a.m. from a resident on Armadillo near FM 980. The resident had seen a plane crash into a body of water.

The male pilot has been identified as 62-year-old Kermit Faulkner of Conroe. 

DPS added that the search continues for possible additional victims.

Police found a twin-engine Cessna 421 upside down in the water.

"It was on fire," said neighbor John Syphrett, who owns land near the crash site. "Shocking, you know. It's pretty quiet out there and then all of a sudden you hear a plane crashed in your backyard."

The Federal Aviation Administration says the pilot of the plane reported a possible oil problem and a fire before the plane went down. 

Story and video:   http://www.khou.com

A pilot died Tuesday and his body was retrieved from a small pond after the plane crashed into a pond just north of Huntsville at 625 FM 980, according to Texas Department of Public Safety officials.

No other passengers were reported on the plane.

Trooper David Harris said a small twin-engine plane crashed into a pond between 9:30 a.m. and 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, April 25.

DPS officials said the plane, a 1979 Cessna, took off from the Conroe Houston Regional Airport in Conroe. Federal Aviation Administration records show the plane is registered to Conroe-based Klass Enterprises LLC.

The small pond is located in a pasture about 100 yards behind a home.

"A witness saw a twin-engine plane strike trees, catch fire and crash into a large pond," said Trooper Erik Burse, a spokesman for the Department of Public Safety. "It was still on fire (as of 12:30 p.m.). It's upside down." 

According to resident John Syphrett, who lives next door to where the plane crashed, said it wasn't unusual to see small aircraft in the area. He has lived in the area for 11 years. 

"But this is more unusual than a lighting strike," he said of the crash.

Syphrett, who was not home when the crashed happened, said he was told by those on the scene the plane clipped a nearby tree, rolled and landed in the pond before catching fire.

Syphrett said the pond where the plane landed is only about one to two feet deep but the mud and silt makes it much deeper.

Original article can be found here: http://www.chron.com

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (KTRK) --  A Cessna 421C crashed into a pasture north of Huntsville Tuesday morning, killing the pilot. He was the only person on board the aircraft, and he knew he was in trouble.

Not long before the plane went down, he had contacted authorities to report he was having engine and oil trouble.

"From what I understand, he contacted FAA and they contacted us, saying we believe we have a plane down somewhere," said DPS Trooper David Harris.

There were also calls from people about a noise and smoke in the area, which led rescuers to the crash site. It turned into a recovery mission.

The plane was registered to an owner in Conroe. It went down in a rolling pasture, into a shallow stock pond and burst into flames shortly after impact.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.

Story and video:  http://abc13.com

HUNTSVILLE, Texas - Authorities said they found the body of the male pilot of a plane that crashed on Tuesday.

The pilot has been identified, but since his family has not been identified, we are not releasing it at this time.

The information was released shortly after authorities said finding survivors of the small airplane that had crashed into a pond near Huntsville "would be a miracle."

The Federal Aviation Administration said the twin-engine Cessna 421 crashed about 10:40 a.m. in a rural area of Walker County, about 60 miles north of Houston. The crash happened after the pilot reported engine-related trouble and a possible fire, officials said.

Huntsville police said a witness told them the plane was flying low, hit some trees, caught fire and crashed into a body of water believed to be a pond.

Emergency personnel rushed to the scene, where the plane was spotted upside-down in the water.

Texas Department of Public Safety officials said it was unclear how many were aboard, and that divers are still searching the crash site for any survivors.

FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford says officials believe the plane, which records show is capable of carrying at least six people, was flying from Conroe to College Station. Lunsford had no immediate information on the fate of those on board.

Sky 2 showed the charred plane upside down and on fire in the water in Walker County. Firefighters and a dive crew are on the scene.

Lunsford said Faulkner had reported oil problems and a possible engine fire before the crash.

Story and video:  http://www.click2houston.com

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