Friday, September 29, 2017

Van's RV-7A, N712RL, CSM Aviation LLC: Accident occurred September 29, 2017 in Itasca, Hill County, Texas

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

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


CSM Aviation LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N712RL


Location: Itasca, TX
Accident Number: CEN17CA371
Date & Time: 09/29/2017, 1230 CDT
Registration: N712RL
Aircraft: VANS RV7
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Fuel exhaustion
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

The pilot reported that during his preflight inspection, he perceived both fuel tanks were full. Based on previous flights, full fuel tanks allowed for about five hours of endurance. About four hours after departure, the pilot noticed a low fuel quantity on cockpit gages, but continued the flight toward the planned destination airport. Several minutes later, the engine lost power and the pilot performed a forced landing to a field. The airplane impacted a power line and nosed-over, resulting in substantial damage to the right wing and fuselage.

Postaccident examination revealed the airplane fuel tanks contained no useable fuel. Following the accident, the pilot stated he should have landed earlier to refuel. He also discovered that a co-owner had not filled the fuel tanks after the previous flight, as he expected. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 57, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/31/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 05/31/2016
Flight Time:  1194 hours (Total, all aircraft), 109 hours (Total, this make and model), 1091 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 72 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 15 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 0 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: VANS
Registration: N712RL
Model/Series: RV7 A
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2004
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 71000
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 12/08/2016, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1850 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 134 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 997 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT:  C126 installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series:  O-360A1A
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 180 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KINJ, 685 ft msl
Observation Time: 1235 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 3 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 132°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 4000 ft agl
Temperature/Dew Point: 20°C / 18°C
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 5500 ft agl
Visibility: 10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots, 360°
Visibility (RVR): 
Altimeter Setting: 30.16 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: Light - Showers - Rain
Departure Point: LONGMONT, CO (LMO)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: HILLSBORO, TX (INJ)
Type of Clearance: VFR Flight Following
Departure Time: 0715 MDT
Type of Airspace: Class G 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion:None
Total Injuries: None

Latitude, Longitude: 32.116944, -97.139722






HILL COUNTY, TX (KXXV) -  DPS responded to a plane crash near in Hill County near Itasca when a pilot coming from Colorado crashed but was unharmed, on Friday.

DPS said 57-year-old Steve Thompson from Colorado was flying a 2004 experimental plane from Colorado to Houston when he realized he was about to run out of gas and attempted to land the plane at the Hillsboro airport. He realized he would not make it, and tried to find crops to safely land in. As he was searching, he hit power lines and the plane flipped and landed upside down. 

"Very lucky. You had to ask for that one. Thank you God. He took care of me and my family, they need me. Any landing is a good landing a great landing,"Thompson said.

Thompson was able to call 911 but he was not sure where he was. The fire department was able to locate him. They took off the door of the plane to get him out safely. 

The crash happened a few miles North of FM 67.

Thompson was unharmed and refused to be taken to the hospital. He said his mother was coming to meet him at Hillsboro on Friday night. 

The Federal Aviation Administration said the plane was a Vans RV-7. 

The plane is registered to CSM Aviation LLC. 

Captain Scott Robinson with the Hill County Sheriff's office said Oncor is on the scene to repair the power line. The plane was transported to the Hillsboro Airport. 

The FAA and DPS said they will conduct an investigation that will take several weeks to months to complete. 

Story, video and photo gallery ➤  http://www.kxxv.com












HILL COUNTY - A small plane crash-landed off FM 67 near Itasca in Hill County Friday afternoon.

The pilot, 57, was flying a 2004 experimental two-seater plane from Colorado to Houston and ran out of fuel.

After realizing he would not have enough fuel to reach a landing strip nearby, the pilot attempted to make an emergency landing in a plowed field but got caught in some ONCOR power lines, according to DPS Sgt. D.L. Wilson. The power lines caused the plane to flip multiple times and crash down on the ground, trapping the pilot in the cockpit -- upside down, Wilson explained.

The Colorado pilot called 911 for help, and firefighters were able to get him out. He was treated at the scene and was not transported to the hospital, Wilson said. 

He did not suffer any major injuries.

DPS and the FAA are investigating the crash.

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






The pilot of an experimental Van's RV-7A aircraft is OK after after running out of fuel and crashing in Hill County, the Texas Department of Public Safety says.

The pilot, a 57-year-old whose name has not yet been released, was flying the single-engine plane from Houston to Colorado when he ran out of fuel at about 12:45 p.m. north of Itasca.

The pilot tried to make an emergency landing in a plowed field west of Interstate 35W, but struck a power line on the descent and crashed into the ground where the plane flipped over.

Trapped inside the plane, the pilot called 911 and notified them of his location and that he needed help getting out of the aircraft.

Rescuers arrived, freed the pilot and treated him at the scene for minor injuries. The pilot was the only person on board and no other injuries were reported. 

The Van's RV-7/7A aircraft is kit aircraft typically built at home by pilots. The 2004 two-seater aircraft was registered to CSM Aviation LLC out of Boulder, Colorado.

The Texas Department of Public Safety and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the crash.

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




HILL COUNTY - A small plane crash-landed off FM 67 near Itasca in Hill County Friday afternoon.

The pilot, 57, was flying a 2004 experimental two-seater plane from Colorado to Houston and ran out of fuel.

After realizing he would not have enough fuel to reach a landing strip nearby, the pilot attempted to make an emergency landing in a plowed field but got caught in some ONCOR power lines, according to DPS Sgt. D.L. Wilson. The power lines caused the plane to flip multiple times and crash down on the ground, trapping the pilot in the cockpit -- upside down, Wilson explained.

The Colorado pilot called 911 for help, and firefighters were able to get him out. He was treated at the scene and was not transported to the hospital, Wilson said. 

He did not suffer any major injuries.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.kens5.com

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