Monday, January 22, 2018

Beech A36 Bonanza, N3600A, registered to and operated by the pilot: Accident occurred January 22, 2018 near Abilene Regional Airport (KABI), Taylor County, Texas

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

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

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Abilene, TX
Accident Number: CEN18LA084
Date & Time: 01/22/2018, 0845 CST
Registration: N3600A
Aircraft: BEECH A36
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On January 22, 2018, at 0845 central standard time, a Beech A36, N3600A experienced a total loss of engine power during climb after departing from Abilene Regional Airport (ABI), Abilene, Texas. The pilot then performed a forced landing to a field near Abilene, Texas. The airplane received minor damage. The pilot sustained serious injuries. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight that was operating on a visual flight rules flight plan. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The flight originated from ABI at 0835 and was destined to Sierra Blanca Regional Airport (SRR), Ruidoso, New Mexico.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: BEECH
Registration: N3600A
Model/Series: A36
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Pilot
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: DYS, 1790 ft msl
Observation Time:  CST
Distance from Accident Site: 2 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 5°C / -8°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 12 knots, 280°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.12 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Departure Point: Abilene, TX (ABI)
Destination:  Abilene, TX (DYS)

Wreckage and Impact Information

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

ABILENE, Texas -- A small plane made an emergency landing Monday morning near Dyess Air Force Base.

Shortly after taking off from Abilene Regional Airport, the pilot reported smoke in the cockpit. He then lost contact with the tower.

The Department of Public Safety says the pilot -- experiencing engine trouble -- tried to make it to Dyess, but was unable. So he made an emergency landing on Drummond Road (CR 311), about a quarter mile off FM 707. The location is near Hwy 277.

When emergency crews arrived on scene, the pilot – who was the only person onboard – was out of the single-engine aircraft and walking around.

He was not injured and declined to talk to KTXS.

The plane -- a 1978 Beech A36 -- is owned by Gerald L. Johnson, an Abilene attorney.

According to FlightAware, the pilot took off at 8:34 a.m. headed for Ruidoso, New Mexico. The plane was an an altitude of 6,500 feet -- with a flying speed of 151 mph -- when the pilot turned back around.

Thee Federal Aviation Administration will be investigating.

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Gerald L. Johnson, a local attorney, confirmed via phone he was the pilot of the plane that crash landed south of Dyess Air Force Base Monday morning.  He said he was OK.


The single-engine plane that crash-landed a half-mile south of the Dyess Air Force Base runway Monday morning is registered to Gerald L. Johnson, a local attorney.

It was not confirmed that Johnson was the pilot, but there was only one occupant of the aircraft, who was not injured.

The plane departed Abilene Regional Airport at 8:30 a.m., according to Sgt. Frederick Biddle of the Department of Public Safety and the pilot reported engine problems.

The plane, a six-seat 1978 Beech A36, tried to land at Dyess but set down in a pasture south of the air base. The plane was facing south, away from the air base.

Johnson is listed as an oil and gas, real estate and wills-trust-probate attorney.

The cause of the crash is being investigated by the FAA.


A single-engine plane crash-landed Monday morning in a field in 200 block of Drummond Road, southwest of Dyess Air Force, just off of U.S. Highway 277 South.

Sgt. Cliff Griffin of the Taylor County Sheriff's Office reported in an email message to media there were no injuries.

The plane took off shortly before 9 a.m. Monday from Abilene, headed to Ruidoso, New Mexico. The pilot reported the plane being in distress shortly after 9 a.m., the sheriff's office reported. 


First responders are investigating reports of a single-engine plane experiencing engine issues and possibly landing in a field south of Dyess Air Force Base on Monday morning.  This is not a military plane, the air base is reporting.  The area is FM 707 and County Road 311.  Taylor County Sheriff's Office has not confirmed a plane landing.

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