Saturday, July 22, 2017

Cessna 180, N3119D, M1 Aviation LLC: Accident occurred July 22, 2017 in Austin, 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; San Antonio, Texas

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

M1 Aviation LLC:   http://registry.faa.govN3119D

NTSB Identification: CEN17LA283
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, July 22, 2017 in Austin, TX
Aircraft: CESSNA 180, registration: N3119D
Injuries: 2 Minor, 1 Uninjured.

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 July 22, 2017, at 1735 central daylight time, a Cessna 180, N3119D, impacted into Lake Travis near Austin, Texas. The pilot was uninjured, and the two passengers sustained minor injuries. The airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was operated by Up Above Austin, LLC, under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as an air tour flight that was not operating on a flight plan. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident for the local flight that was originating at the time of the accident.

The airplane did not attain/maintain a positive climb rate during initial climb from Lake Travis near Austin, Texas. The airplane descended and impacted Lake Travis where it nosed-over and sunk.

LAKE TRAVIS, Texas (KXAN) – Three people were rescued by deputies with the Travis County Sheriff’s Office Lake Patrol when the plane they were in crashed into Lake Travis near Starnes Island Saturday evening, said Travis County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Kristen Dark.

It happened at about 5:34 p.m. near the island located just southwest of Volente Beach, said Austin-Travis County EMS.

The TCSO Lake Patrol arrived quickly to the scene and safely removed all three passengers from the plane. Dark said the plane did not sink, but was upside down and was being towed to shore.

Of the three people rescued, medics transported one woman to Baylor Scott and White Medical Center Lakeway with minor injuries, said ATC EMS.

A plane also crashed into Lake Travis earlier this month. Only a pilot was on that plane, and he escaped without injuries.

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