Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Hawker FB60 Sea Fury, N254SF: Accident occurred July 25, 2017 near Stephens County Airport (KBKD), Breckenridge, Texas (and) Incident occurred December 30, 2016 at Centennial Airport (KAPA), Denver, Colorado

Ezell continues recovery after July plane crash

Chad and Anna Ezell, son and daughter of Ezell Aviation Founder Nelson Ezell continue running their father’s business while he continues to recover from a plane crash in July.

Nelson Ezell’s prominence in Breckenridge had never been higher after re-launching the once famed Breckenridge Air Show, along with efforts from the Breckenridge Chamber of Commerce, which added to the shock when his World War II-era CSEA Seafury British Hawker crashed on private property near Hwy. 183 before reaching the Ezell Aviation runway.

While speaking with the Breckenridge American, Chad Ezell thanked the staff of Ezell Aviation for stepping up in Nelson Ezell’s absence and doing whatever is asked of them.

“Their commitment to whatever was needed has been so appreciated by the Ezell family,” Chad Ezell said.

While piloting the experimental World War II-era airplane in July, an engine malfunction downed the Warbird and resulted in injuries to Ezell and his passenger Dustin Mayfield. Mayfield walked away with a broken arm, but Ezell’s injuries were significant. He remained in ICU Trauma Unit at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth for 10 days, where the doctors operated on his severely injured arm, when he was stable enough to manage it. 

Ezell was later moved to another trauma recovery site, where he has remained the past nine weeks. At this point, the Ezell family anticipates Nelson being moved to another recovery hospital that is more equipped to handle the next stage of his recovery now that he is breathing on his own and his severely bruised lungs have had a chance to heal.

The Ezell family is so thankful and appreciative of all the prayers on their behalf and expressed the need for those thoughts and prayers to continue while Nelson continues his long recovery and meets each new challenge in that recovery. Chad and Anna expressed their deep appreciation for the community of Breckenridge and that they are part of such a caring community. 

Ezell is still not ready for visitors, but both Nelson and his wife Helen “Dude” Ezell appreciate the concern that has been conveyed to them through their children, other family members and close friends.

“They have all felt the concern and thoughtful prayers that have been lifted on behalf of their parents as Nelson continues to meet the new challenges in his recovery,” Chad Ezell said.


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

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

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

NTSB Identification: CEN17LA285 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, July 25, 2017 in Breckenridge, TX
Aircraft: HILLARD CHARLIE R HAWKER FB60, registration: N254SF
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 July 25, 2017, about 0900 central daylight time, an experimental Hawker FB60 airplane, N254SF, experienced a loss of engine power and impacted trees and terrain near Stephens County Airport (BKD), Breckenridge, Texas. The private pilot and one passenger were seriously injured and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to a private individual and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and no flight plan had been filed. 

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector reported that the airplane was on short final for runway 17 when the engine experienced a loss of power and the airplane descended into the trees and terrain. The pilot and passenger and were flown to a hospital for treatment. 

A cell phone video of the accident flight was obtained. A review of the video revealed the airplane was near the approach end of runway 17 as it descended and made a left turn, then disappeared into the tree line. 

The airplane has been retained for further examination.

Two men were injured Tuesday morning when a Hawker FB60 Sea Fury plane crashed in a pasture near the Stephens County Airport.

The crash of a Hawker Sea Fury was reported around 9:15 a.m. It landed in a pasture north of the airport and south of FM 2231, land owned by Brad Whitaker.

The plane’s occupants, Nelson Ezell and Dustin Mayfield, were taken by helicopter ambulance to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. 

Ezell sustained serious but not critical injuries, while Mayfield’s injuries were less serious, according to the men’s wives.

The plane is badly damaged, according to those allowed near the remote crash site, which is being kept secure until the Federal Aviation Administration arrives to investigate.


BRECKENRIDGE, Texas - The pilot of a Hawker FB60 Sea Fury plane that crashed Monday at Stephens County Airport has “critical injuries” and has been flown to a hospital in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

The Federal Aviation Administration identified the pilot as being Nelson Ezell.

A passenger in the two-seat plane escaped unscathed, the Federal Aviation Administration said, but was taken by helicopter to the same hospital. He is listed in stable condition.

The accident, which occurred about 9:15 a.m.

The Hawker FB60 Sea Fury, according to the Federal Aviation Administration, lost engine power, landed short of the runway and its fuselage broke apart on impact.

It was doing what authorities said was "touch-and-go pattern work" before the accident.


STEPHENS COUNTY, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - Two people were injured when a small plane crash-landed in Breckenridge Tuesday morning. 

Stephens County Sheriff Will Holt told KTAB and KRBC a Hawker FB60 Sea Fury plane manned by Ezell Aviation was out for a test run when it experienced total engine failure around 9:15 a.m., causing it to crash land just north of BASA Resources off of FM 2231.

Medical helicopters rushed to the scene and transported two people from the crash site, according to Sheriff Holt, who says one person is in stable condition, and the other person's condition is not known. 

The identities of the people involved in the crash have not been released. No other injuries have been reported.

Sheriff Holt says Federal Aviation Administration officials are en route from Lubbock to evaluate the crash site in order to make an official report. 


Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado

Left main gear collapsed on landing.

Date: 30-DEC-16
Time: 22:55:00Z
Regis#: 254SF
Aircraft Make: HAWKER
Aircraft Model: FB111
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

Aircraft experience left main gear collapsed during landing.

Date: 30-DEC-16
Time: 22:53:00Z
Regis#: N254SF
Aircraft Make: RAYTHEON
Aircraft Model: HAWKER
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- The pilot of a World War II-era aircraft walked away unscathed after making an emergency landing at Centennial Airport Friday.

The single-engine aircraft’s main landing gear collapsed after landing. A picture of the Hawker FB10 Sea Fury shows the aircraft leaning on its wing. The landing also damaged to the plane’s propeller.

The pilot was the only person on board the plane. The plane’s flight path was not released.

The Hawker FB10 Sea Fury entered service two years after World War II.

Source:  http://www.thedenverchannel.com

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