Sunday, May 14, 2017

Pipistrel Virus SW, N616NG : Accident occurred May 13, 2017 at Driftwood Ranch Airport (XA86), Weatherford, Parker County, Texas

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office;  Irving, Texas

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: CEN17LA182
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, May 13, 2017 in Weatherford, TX
Injuries: 2 Serious.

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 May 13, 2017, about 1820 central daylight time, a Pipistrel Virus SW motor-glider, N616NG, collided with terrain while performing touch and go landings. The pilot and passenger were seriously 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 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which operated without a flight plan.

According to preliminary information provided to the responding Federal Aviation Administration inspectors, an eyewitness saw the motor-glider performing a touch and go landing. The witness perceived that the airplane's airspeed was slow and appeared to stall during the takeoff phase and impact terrain.

The motor-glider was retained for further examination.

WEATHERFORD, Texas  -   Authorities are investigating what brought down a small aircraft on Saturday.

Preliminary reports indicate that two people were injured.

The aircraft went down about 6:10 p.m. at a private airstrip in the Driftwood Ranch gated community in Parker County, according to Lonny Haschel, Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman.

The 47-year-old pilot and a 34-year-old passenger were the only two occupants on board at the time of the crash, Haschel said. 

Both men, who have not been identified, were transported to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth with serious injuries, Haschel said.

The aircraft was described as a 2015 Pipistrel Virus SW, single-engine, fixed wing aircraft, Haschel said.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board have been notified and will be conducting an investigation into the crash.

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