Monday, November 27, 2017

Cessna 150F, N8637S, registered to Skycops, LLC and operated by a private individual: Accident occurred November 26, 2017 in Midland County, Texas

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

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

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Skycops LLC:

Location: Midland, TX

Accident Number: CEN18LA040
Date & Time: 11/26/2017, 0915 CST
Registration: N8637S
Aircraft: CESSNA 150F
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional

On November 26, 2017, at 0915 central standard time, a Cessna 150F airplane, N8637S, impacted terrain during a forced landing following a total loss of engine power near Midland, Texas. The student pilot, who was the sole occupant, was not injured, and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to Skycops, LLC, Midland, Texas, and operated by a private individual. The instructional flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and a visual flight rules flight plan had been filed for the solo cross-country flight. The flight departed the Midland Airpark (MDD), Midland, Texas, about 0900, and was destined for San Angelo, Texas.

The student pilot stated the airplane preflight, engine run-up, and takeoff were normal with no anomalies noted. About 15 minutes into the cross-country flight, the engine lost total power, and the pilot performed a forced landing to a mesquite tree covered area. During the forced landing, the airplane impacted a power line and mesquite trees.

The airplane and engine were examined by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspectors at the accident site, and after the airplane was recovered. Examination of the airplane revealed oil residue on the back of the engine, lower engine cowling, and the right main landing gear strut. The top nut on the generator was missing, and the two lower nuts were loose. A hole in the engine crankcase was noted above the No. 1 cylinder.

On the day of the accident, the FAA inspector examined the engine run-up and taxiway area at MDD, consistent with where the student pilot completed his engine run prior to the flight. The engine run-up area contained a large oil stain and residual oil.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N8637S
Model/Series: 150F F
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: MDD, 2805 ft msl
Observation Time: 0915 CST
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: 10°C / 1°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.36 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Departure Point: Midland, TX
Destination: San Angelo, TX

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: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 32.036667, -102.101667 (est)

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