Saturday, June 24, 2017

Rans S-12 Airaile, N154BH: Accident occurred March 07, 2015 near Cherokee County Airport (KJSO), Jacksonville, 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 Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: CEN15LA169
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, March 07, 2015 in Rusk, TX
Aircraft: HOKE BOBBY F RANS S 12, registration: N154BH
Injuries: 2 Serious.

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 March 7, 2015 about 1230 central standard time, a Rans S-12 Experimental Ultralight, N154BH, registered to a private individual, collided with trees and the ground while maneuvering to land after reported engine problems while in the landing pattern at the Cherokee County Airport (JSO), near Rusk, Texas. The pilot and passenger sustained serious injuries and the aircraft was substantially damaged. The local flight was being conducted under the provisions of Federal Code of Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed in the area and a flight plan was not filed.

According to the FAA, about 2 weeks prior to the accident, the passenger had purchased the ultralight aircraft. The purpose of the flight was to become familiar with the newly acquired aircraft. The PIC had about 11,000 hours of total flight time, with about 2 hours in the accident make and model. The PIC's most recent BFR was conducted on December 9. 2014. According to a written bill of sale, the passenger purchased the airplane on February 19, 2015. The aircraft's most recent conditional inspection was conducted on March 3, 2015.

Witnesses reported that the ultralight aircraft was doing touch and go landings at JSO. They reported that the engine did not sound normal and observed the aircraft maneuver toward a field before it stalled, collided with trees and impacted the ground. The pilot and passenger were transported to the hospital after the accident. The FAA traveled to the accident scene and inspected the accident area and wreckage. There was evidence of fuel smell at the accident site. Inspection of the airframe and engine at the accident site did not reveal any abnormalities.

The reported weather observation METAR at JSO about the time of the accident was:

KJSO 071735Z AUTO 00000KT 10SM BKN100 12/M05 A3048 RMK AO2 T01211051

According to the Icing Probability Chart, with a temperature of 12 degrees and dew point of 5 degrees, the aircraft engine was operating in an area conducive to severe icing at any power setting.

The NTSB did not receive a NTSB form 6120, Pilot/Operator Report or statements from the pilot and passenger. It is unknown if the passenger/owner had flight experience.

CHEROKEE COUNTY, TX  -  Two East Texas men are recovering after their plane crashed Saturday afternoon near Cherokee County Airport.

The fixed wing single engine plane went down around 12:30 p.m. in a wooded area northwest of the airport runway near CR 1614 and CR 1621. Officers say that Robert Gatewood and Jake Wise were airlifted to ETMC Tyler for their injuries, one of which is in serious condition. 

A friend who was watching the men fly this afternoon says they just recently bought the lightweight plane.

"When I saw the plane go down, his son and I hopped in his truck and drove to the north end of the airport. We had to climb the fence because we couldn't get out. We knew the plane had gone down in the woods on the north end here. We both climbed the fence and started searching," Joe Parrish said.

It is not clear what caused the crash. Witnesses say the men were practicing touch-and-go landings when the crash happened.

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