Friday, September 15, 2017

Beech A36, N18403, Travel Air LLC: Accident occurred September 15, 2017 near McAlester Regional Airport (KMLC), Pittsburg County, Oklahoma

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Continental Motors; Mobile, Alabama

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Travel Air LLC:

NTSB Identification: CEN17LA357
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, September 15, 2017 in McAlister, OK
Aircraft: BEECH A36, registration: N18403
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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 September 15, 2017, at 1620 central daylight time, a Beech A36, N18403, collided with a haybale during a forced landing following a loss of engine power while on approach to the McAlester Regional Airport (MLC), McAlester, Oklahoma. The private pilot received minor injuries. The airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to Travel Air LLC and was being operated by the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual flight rules conditions existed near the accident site at the time of the accident. The pilot had canceled his instrument flight rules flight plan when he had MLC in sight. The flight departed from the Garner file Airport (UVA), Uvalde, Texas, at 1357.

A single-engine aircraft crashed in a field south of McAlester Regional Airport on Friday evening.

Witnesses say the plane was attempting to land at the airport, but instead came down in a field south of the landing strip.

Scott Burke, principal at Frink-Chambers Public Schools, said he was working in the field at the time of the incident.

"We were just working on the tractor getting ready to bale some hay," Burke said. "The plane was flying pretty low, but to be honest with you, I didn't even hear him whenever he hit down."

Burke said he spoke with the pilot, who he said was coming in to land at the airport. The pilot survived the crash and did not suffer any major injuries, according to multiple witnesses.

The plane will sit in the field until Monday so National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration officials can further investigate the crash.

The aircraft registration number, N18403, says the 1977 Beech A36 fixed-wing aircraft is registered to Travel Air LLC, of Oklahoma City.

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