Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Aero Vodochody L-39C Albatros, N580LL, registered to Bravo Charlie Mike One LLC and operated by the pilot: Fatal accident occurred October 08, 2017 near Wilbarger County Airport (F05), Vernon, Texas

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident.

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lubbock, Texas

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

Bravo Charlie Mike One LLC:  http://registry.faa.gov/N580LL

Location: Vernon, TX
Accident Number: CEN18FA004
Date & Time: 10/08/2017, 1300 CDT
Registration: N580LL
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On October 8, 2017, about 1300 central daylight time, an Aero Vodochody L39C, N580LL, collided with terrain 0.5 miles south of the Wilbarger County Airport (F05), Vernon, Texas. The commercial pilot, the sole occupant on board, was fatally injured. The airplane was destroyed. The airplane was registered to Bravo Charlie Mike One, LLC., Las Vegas, Nevada, and was operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 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 local flight originated from F05 about 1245.

No fewer than nine witnesses saw the airplane make a low-altitude pass over runway 20. Some witnesses said the landing gear was being retracted as if the pilot was making a go-around. The airplane pulled up and made a steep left bank and impacted the ground.

The on-scene investigation revealed a 40-foot long ground scar, consistent with the left wing contacting the ground, that led to a 50-foot long crater. The airplane broke apart leaving a 580-foot long debris path aligned on a magnetic course approximately 170°. There was a short-lived grass fire ignited by the fuel spill. The airplane was fragmented. An intact right wing and empennage were identified. The engine compressor showed signs consistent with sudden stoppage. The guide vanes were broken or crushed, and there was scoring of the case. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: AERO VODOCHODY
Registration: N580LL
Model/Series: L39 C
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
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: KF05, 1265 ft msl
Observation Time: 1335 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 5 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C / 7°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 14 knots/ 19 knots, 190°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.67 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Vernon, TX (F05)
Destination: Vernon, TX (F05) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 34.211667, -99.289167

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 

Jay Baxley, DDS

Dr. Jay Baxley, a Vernon dentist, poses with his aircraft. 

The pilot and lone passenger in an aircraft that crashed north of Vernon Sunday afternoon has been identified.

Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Dan Buesing said Monday that Vernon dentist Dr. Jay Baxley, 56, was the pilot of a military-like jet plane when it went down near the intersection of County Roads 103 North and 118 South, which is west of the Wilbarger County Airport. No one else was injured in the incident.

Investigators with the Federal Aviation Administration are looking into the cause of the crash.

The plane crashed in an open field Sunday afternoon and caught on fire. The Vernon Fire Department extinguished the fire.

A search on the FAA website didn't reveal any additional information about the type of aircraft Baxley was piloting. Buesing said the aircraft was similar to a T-38C Talon, which is the advanced jet aircraft trainer used at Sheppard Air Force Base's Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training program.

Original article  ➤ http://www.timesrecordnews.com

The name of the pilot who was involved in a plane crash Sunday has been released.

According to DPS Sergeant Dan Buesing Dr. Jay Williams Baxley, 56, was the pilot.

Baxley was a Dentist from Vernon and crashed west of Wilbarger County airport.

Baxley was flying a jet similar to a T-38 trainer.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash.

Original article ➤ http://www.texomashomepage.com

WILBARGER COUNTY, TX (KAUZ) - According to DPS troopers, one man is dead following a plane crash near the Wilbarger County Airport.

Wilbarger County Sheriff Bill Price said a call came in just before 1 p.m. on Sunday about a plane that went down just west of the airport.

The pilot was the only one in the plane and was pronounced dead at the scene.

There is no word on what caused the crash, but the FAA will investigate the incident.

DPS, Wilbarger County Sheriff's Office, Vernon VFD, and the Wilbarger County EOC responded to the scene.

Sheriff Price says witnesses are being interviewed to learn more about the cause of the crash.

Original article  ➤ http://www.newschannel6now.com


zak2u2 said...

Nothing like a T-38. According to Wikipedia, L-39 Max speed .8 Mach. T-38 Max speed 1.3 mach. L-39 Max climb rate 4130 f/m. T-38 Max climb rate 33,600 f/m. (yes 33,600)
The L-39 wing is more like a Piper Cherokee than a T-38. Very forgiving. A T-38 will kill you in a hot second. I flew one in the Air Force. Wouldn't do it now without a current military instructor. It would kill me now and I have 15000 hours, most of it jet time. I'm sorry for this man.

Vaughn Bay Aerobatics Club said...

Ya have to laugh when L-39 drivers call their airplanes "jet fighters". So much ego. It's probably safer to climb out of a Piper Cherokee and into an L-39 than it is to climb out of an L-39 and into a 38 (or any century series fighter for that matter). This guy was a dentist for Christ sake. Because he knows how to overcharge people for fixin' teeth doesn't qualify him for this type of flying. But in this country Money Rules. Doctors and Dentists should not be issued flying licenses, but I'm biased... I had a numbnuts flight surgeon (AF doctor) damn near punch me out of an F-4 in S.E.A. because he was fuckin' with the selector valve in the back seat.