Saturday, March 3, 2018

Aero Commander 100-180 Lark, N3733X: Accident occurred March 02, 2018 in Deport, Lamar 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; Irving, Texas

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Deport, TX
Accident Number: CEN18LA113
Date & Time: 03/02/2018, 1635 CST
Registration: N3733X
Aircraft: AERO COMMANDER 100-180
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On March 2, 2018, about 1635 central standard time, an Aero Commander 100-180, N3733X, sustained substantial damage when it hit a tree during a forced landing to a field after a total loss of engine power near Deport, Texas. The pilot received minor injuries. The airplane was owned and operated by the pilot under the provisions of the 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the flight, which was not on a flight plan. The flight departed from the Cox Field Airport (PRX), Paris, Texas, about 1600 on a local flight.

The pilot reported that he flew southeast to Deport, Texas, and turned south for about 1 mile. He banked left and started heading west to return to PRX. He stated that about 1 minute after leveling off at 500 ft above ground level, the engine sputtered once and stopped producing power. He executed a forced landing to a field but was unable to stop before hitting trees during the landing roll.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: AERO COMMANDER
Registration: N3733X
Model/Series: 100-180
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: PRX, 547 ft msl
Observation Time: 1635 CST
Distance from Accident Site: 9 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C / 7°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots, 110°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.26 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Paris, TX (PRX)
Destination: Paris, TX (PRX) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude:  33.520000, -95.336667

DEPORT, Tex. (KXII) The plane crashed off of F.M. 1501 and F.M. 1503 in Deport Friday evening.

According to Texas State Troopers, the crash happened just before 5 PM in Lamar County on Friday.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the plane was a Aero Commander 100-180 Lark and was flying to Reno airport when it went down after the engine failed and the plane lost power.

They say the aircraft hit a line of trees which caused the right wing of the plane to shear off.

We're told the pilot, John Denison of Bogota, didn't suffer any serious injuries and had to get a few stitches.

The Federal Aviation Administration continues to investigate the crash.

Original article can be found here ➤

One man was involved in a plane crash around 4:45 p.m.

Volunteer firefighters from Deport and Pattonville are on the scene. Officials say the man’s plane went down on FM 1503 about three miles south of Hwy 271. 

“The pilot walked from the crash to a residence on FM 1501,” officials said. “He will need stitches, but didn’t sustain any major injuries.”

Officials from the Federal Aviation Administration are expected to be on scene in the morning to investigate. The pilot, John Denison, is a registered pilot out of Bogata.

Original article can be found here ➤

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