Monday, September 11, 2017

Rans S-6ES Coyote II, N112CD, owned by Buck EC and operated by the pilot: Fatal accident occurred September 10, 2017 in Stonewall, Gillespie County, Texas

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled 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:  https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

http://registry.faa.gov/N112CD

NTSB Identification: CEN17FA342
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, September 10, 2017 in Stonewall, TX
Aircraft: RANS INC S-6, registration: N112CD
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

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 either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On September 10, 2017, about 1850 central daylight time, an experimental, amateur-built Rans S-6, N112CD, was substantially damaged when it impacted a field about 1 mile southeast of Stonewall, Texas. The pilot and passenger received fatal injuries. The airplane was owned by Buck EC and operated by the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions existed near the accident site at the time of the flight, and no flight plan was filed. The flight departed from Buck Lake Aero (30TX), Stonewall, Texas, about 1700 on a local flight.

A witness reported that he observed the airplane flying near his house about 1630 to 1640. He initially saw the airplane heading west after turning sharply with it wings "nearly perpendicular to the ground." The airplane "snapped" to a level flight attitude and then it climbed and descended in a "short rollercoaster manner." It leveled out and then turned to the north. The airplane descended below the tree line as it appeared that it might be landing at 30TX. However, shortly afterwards, he observed the airplane climbing over the hills north of Stonewall, Texas. The airplane turned to the east and then it turned back to the south, paralleling County Road 1623. He then observed the airplane "turn sharply" to the west in between Lee Roy Behrends Lane and Nevins Road, which was about 1 mile from the witness's location. The airplane then went into a steep climb followed by a steep descent. The witness reported that his wife stated, "Oh my God, he's going to crash!" However, the airplane pulled up and leveled off briefly. The airplane then went into another steep climb, which the witness described as a 90-degree angle climb. He then observed the airplane "pivot" and it descended at a very steep nose down angle. It appeared to be descending nearly vertically. He lost sight of the airplane behind the trees and then he saw a plume of dust rise above the trees. He stated that he reported the accident to 911 at 1650. 

Another witness reported seeing the airplane dive toward the ground and then recover. She stated that she thought the airplane was doing "stunts." She observed the airplane "free fall again, nose first," but this time it did not pull up.

The airplane crashed in a soft, sandy field located about 3/4 mile southeast of 30TX. The initial impact mark found in the sand was consistent with the left main landing gear. A depression in the sand about 8 feet to the right of the initial impact mark was consistent with the right main landing gear. A depression in the sand forward of the initial impact point was consistent with a "belly skid" and the impact of the left wing. Another depression in the sand was located 20 feet from the initial impact point. Two pieces of the engine mounts and one of the propeller blades were found near the depression. The main wreckage was found 38 feet from the initial impact point, inverted on a 180-degree heading. The left main wheel and nose wheel were found next to the main wreckage, and the right wheel remained attached the right main landing gear. The wings and empennage remained attached to the fuselage.

The examination of the left wing, fuselage, cabin, and engine compartment revealed extensive downward and aft buckling and crushing of the aluminum tubular airframe structure. Numerous fractures were observed that were consistent with overload fractures. The aluminum nosewheel was separated from the nose landing gear and it was bent and crushed. The nose landing gear was pushed aft. The aluminum left main wheel was bent and crushed. The right main landing gear was intact and exhibited no crushing damage. The propeller hub was not damaged. The engine firewall was bent aft and down. The cockpit also exhibited damage consistent with downward and aft crushing and buckling. The empennage was intact, but the tubular structure of the tail was fractured aft of the fuselage. The left wing spar was fractured mid-span. The right wing spar was intact. Both wing struts were buckled. 

The examination of the cockpit revealed that both ignition switches were in the ON position. The fuel selector was in the ON position. The throttle was found in the idle position and the throttle control was bent. The choke was off and the RPM gauge was at zero. The pitch trim was near neutral. The hour meter read 488.7 hours. 

The examination of the fuel system revealed that the left and right fuel tanks had about 1 quart of fuel in each tank. Fuel was found in the fuel lines to the fuel selector, fuel filter, and engine driven fuel pump. Fuel was also found in the fuel lines to the two carburetors, and there was a small amount of fuel found in the carburetor fuel bowls. 

The examination of the 3-bladed propeller revealed that one of the blades was separated next to the propeller hub. The blade was otherwise intact and did not exhibit any impact marks or chordwise scratching. The second blade was intact and attached to the propeller hub. It did not exhibit any chordwise scratching or leading-edge nicks or abrasions. It was fractured chordwise about mid-span and it was broken during the wreckage recovery. The third blade was broken about mid-span, but it did not exhibit any leading-edge nicks or chordwise scratching. 

Examination of the ailerons, rudder, and flaps exhibited flight control continuity from the cockpit controls to the control surfaces. The elevator control tubes exhibited continuity except for the fractured rod at the elevator bellcrank in the cockpit. The fracture was consistent with an overload fracture. 

The 80-horsepower Rotax 912-UL engine was shipped to a facility for examination by the National Transportation Safety Board. 

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov

Shane Lee Buck

Shane Lee Buck was born on September 17, 1977 and passed from this earth on Sunday, September 10, 2017 at the age of 39 years. Shane was a wonderful son, brother, partner and friend. His biggest accomplishment on this earth was that of "Daddy." He cherished his girls April and Addy. He loved Tracy, and her children Addyson and Lincoln, as if they were his own. The six of them had formed an everlasting bond and made a beautiful family. Shane had a passion for flying. He eagerly educated himself about flying and gave of his time in the organization to encourage young people to develop skills in the air. He was a volunteer and mentor to kids in the Young Eagles Program. If he could fly, he was happy and he so passed from this life into eternity doing what he loved. We are convinced that he is in Heaven with Jesus, but oh God, we would wish him back with us to hold him in our arms just one more time. Shane grew up to be a man of purpose and wisdom. He shared so willing of himself, mentoring and helping anyone he could. He will forever be in our memories and we will meet him again one day. We wish him clear skies and calm winds! Shane is survived by two daughters, April Renee and Adelyn Paige Buck of Buda, Texas; Life Companion, Tracy Staats of Fredericksburg; parents, Edwin "Eddie" and Phyllis Buck of Midland, Texas; Roxanne Lavender of Fredericksburg; brother, Jacob Lavender of Colorado; and sister, Amy Glover and spouse John Glover of Carrollton. The family will greet friends on Friday, September 15, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel of the Schaetter Funeral Home in Fredericksburg. A memorial service will be held on Friday, September 15, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel of the Schaetter Funeral Home in Fredericksburg, with Chuck Ebert officiating. Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the EAA Chapter 123 Young Eagles, P.O. Box 1, Midland, Texas 79702 or to the charity of your choice. There will be a fajita bar luncheon at Silver Creek Restaurant and Bar after the service at approximately 1:00 p.m. Silver Creek is located at 310 E. Main Street, Fredericksburg, Texas 78624. The luncheon will be upstairs. Everyone is welcome. Arrangements are by the Schaetter Funeral Home. Expressions of sympathy may be sent at www.schaetter.com.



GILLESPIE COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Two people are dead after a plane crash Sunday in Gillespie County, including a 9-year-old girl.

The Department of Public Safety says the plane crashed into a pasture about 1 mile south of Stonewall just before 7 p.m. Shane Lee Buck, 39, was flying his Rans S-6ES Coyote II plane with a 9-year-old girl riding along. Both died at the scene.

Authorities haven’t named the little girl, but Fredericksburg ISD says she was a fourth-grade student at Fredericksburg Elementary and that grief counselors were on site all day Monday.

Neighbors of the pilot say they were shocked to hear the news and saw children playing in the backyard just last week.

“I could always sort of see them through their fence over there playing and laughing, but the children always seemed to get along really, really well. Lots of laughter that would come out of that backyard. I feel like that was a very, very happy family,” said Buck’s neighbor Natasha Grau.

Locals in Stonewall say Buck was renting a hangar less than a mile from where he crashed the plane. KXAN spoke to the owners of the private hangar, AeroBurg, who said they are working with investigators however they can.

The National Transportation Safety board is at the scene investigating and will likely be there two or three days as they document the area and examine the wreckage. 

Officials have not said what caused the plane to go down, but a preliminary report should be released next week.

Story and video ➤ http://kxan.com

GILLESPIE COUNTY, Texas – The pilot of a plane and his 9-year-old passenger were killed in a plane crash Sunday evening near Stonewall, The Texas Department of Public Safety said.

DPS said Shane Lee Buck, 39, was flying his Rans S-6ES Coyote II plane when it crashed in a pasture shortly before 7 p.m. Sept. 10. Buck and the 9-year-old girl whom DPS did not identify Monday morning both died in the crash, around one mile south of Stonewall.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash. 

Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.kvue.com

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