Friday, March 16, 2018

Thorp T-18, N118RG, registered to and operated by the pilot: Accident occurred March 14, 2018 in Cleburne, Johnson 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: CLEBURNE, TX
Accident Number: CEN18LA124
Date & Time: 03/14/2018, 1630 CDT
Registration: N118RG
Aircraft: WHITE THORPE T 18
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On March 14, 2018, about 1630 central daylight time, a White Thorpe T-18 airplane, N118RG, impacted a tree and terrain during a forced landing following an inflight loss of engine power near Cleburne, Texas. The pilot sustained serious injuries. The airplane was substantially damaged during the impact. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed in the area about the time of the accident, and the flight was not operated on a flight plan. The local flight originated from a private airstrip.

According to initial information from the Federal Aviation Administration, the pilot reported a loss of engine power. He subsequently attempted a forced landing. However, the airplane impacted a tree during the landing where it sustained substantial wing and fuselage damage.

At 1635, the recorded weather at the Cleburne Regional Airport, Cleburne, Texas, was: Wind 100° at 6 kts gusting to 12 kts; visibility 9 statute miles; sky condition clear; temperature 20° C; dew point -6° C; altimeter 30.17 inches of mercury.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: WHITE
Registration: N118RG
Model/Series: THORPE T 18
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
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: KCPT, 854 ft msl
Observation Time: 1635 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 4 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 20°C / -6°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots/ 12 knots, 100°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  9 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.17 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point:

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:  32.415556, -97.384167 (est)

A 79-year-old Cleburne man crawled to a nearby business after his plane crashed Wednesday night, according to Cleburne police and fire reports.

Officials have not released the man’s name but said he suffered minor injuries and did not require hospitalization.

Officials responded about 7:15 p.m. to the 3500 block of North Main Street to find the man being tended to by the owners of the property. 

Officials located the plane in a wooded area about 200 yards west of the scene. Reports describe the plane as single seat, single engine prop experimental aircraft.

Reports list no cause for the crash but note that investigation of the accident has been handed over to the Texas Department of Public Safety and the FAA.

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