Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Cessna 150F, N8879S, registered to and operated by a private individual: Accident occurred August 01, 2017 near Tarrant Field Airport (6X0), Mount Selman, Cherokee 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; Irving, Texas
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas
Continental Motors; Mobile, Alabama


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

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms 

http://registry.faa.gov/N8879S



National Transportation Safety Board - Aviation Accident Factual Report

Location: Bullard, TX
Accident Number: CEN17LA298
Date & Time: 08/01/2017, 1515 CDT
Registration: N8879S
Aircraft: CESSNA 150F
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Fuel related
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

On August 1, 2017, about 1515 central daylight time, a Cessna 150F, N8879S, impacted terrain following a loss of control during initial climb after takeoff from runway 12 at the Tarrant Field Airport (6X0), near Mount Selman, Texas. The flight instructor received minor injuries and the student pilot received serious injuries. The airplane impacted nose down and received substantial damage to the forward fuselage and wings. The aircraft was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as an instructional flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which was not on a flight plan. The flight originated from Tyler Pounds Regional Airport (TYR), Tyler, Texas, about 1445.

The flight instructor reported that the flight was to prepare the student pilot for his private pilot test flight. They departed TYR and flew to 6X0, making one full-stop landing followed by a taxi back to the end of the runway for a soft-field takeoff. The flight instructor had no memory of the accident takeoff, although he surmised that there could have been a loss of engine power.

An automobile equipped with a dash camera, traveling south on highway 69, east of 6X0, captured the final moments of the flight including the impact. A review of the video, revealed the airplane entering the right frame of the video, just above tree top level. The airplane travels to the left and starts to make a right turn. The wing flaps were not fully retracted, but the amount of deflection could not be determined from the video. During the turn, the left wing and nose of the airplane drop, and the airplane descends into the ground. The airplane struck the ground just east of the highway in a left wing low, nose low attitude, coming to a rest facing north.

The airplane was removed from the scene, and a postaccident examination of the airplane under the supervision of Federal Aviation Administration Inspectors was conducted. The wings and empennage were removed during recovery. Many of the control cables were either cut or disconnected at various turnbuckles; however, flight control continuity was established from the cockpit to the flight control surfaces. The flap actuator position corresponded to a 10° flap deflection. Dirt type sediment was observed in the bottom of the fuel strainer bowl along with evidence of corrosion. Fuel system continuity was confirmed from each wing root to the fuel strainer and the fuel selector valve was in the on position. Each fuel tank finger screen was clear of debris. The carburetor heat control was found in the off position. Examination of the engine confirmed compression, valve action of all valves, and spark from both magnetos during engine rotation. The carburetor mounting flange was impact separated from the induction assembly. The carburetor remained attached to the separated flange and the mixture and throttle control cables remained attached to the carburetor. The throttle valve was observed in the full open position and the mixture was full rich. The accelerator pump did not spray fuel into the carburetor throat upon throttle actuation. Disassembly of the carburetor revealed dirt and sediment in the bowl, but no obstruction of the fuel metering port was observed. The accelerator pump had rust on its base. No anomalies were found with respect to the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.

The temperature and dew point recorded at the Cherokee County Airport (JSO), about 14 miles south of the accident site were 23° and 21° Celsius, respectively. According to a carburetor icing probability chart published by Flight Safety Australia, the recorded temperature and dew point were in a range of susceptibility for moderate icing at cruise power settings and serious icing at descent power settings.



Flight Instructor Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 33, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Right
Other Aircraft Rating(s):
Restraint Used: Lap Only
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s):  Airplane Multi-engine; Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/06/2013
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:  06/05/2016
Flight Time:  1900 hours (Total, all aircraft), 30 hours (Total, this make and model), 1440 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 36 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 10 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 2 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Student Pilot Information

Certificate: Student
Age: 35, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Lap Only
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: Yes
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 11/30/2016
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:  
Flight Time: 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N8879S
Model/Series: 150F F
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1965
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Utility
Serial Number: 15062179
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 06/01/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1601 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines:  1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 3558 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: CONT MOTOR
ELT:
Engine Model/Series:  O-200 SERIES
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 100 hp
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: JSO
Observation Time: 0815 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 14 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 180°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 5000 ft agl
Temperature/Dew Point: 23°C / 21°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm
Visibility (RVR): 
Altimeter Setting: 30.04 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Tyler, TX (TYR)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Tyler, TX (TYR)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1445 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: TARRANT FIELD (6X0)
Runway Surface Type: Grass/turf
Airport Elevation: 590 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 12
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2700 ft / 30 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude:  32.094722, -95.289722













NTSB Identification: CEN17LA298
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, August 01, 2017 in Bullard, TX
Aircraft: CESSNA 150F, registration: N8879S
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On August 1, 2017, about 1515 central daylight time,, a Cessna 150F, N8879S, collided with terrain following a loss of control during initial climb after takeoff from runway 12 at the Tarrant Field Airport (6X0), near Mount Selman, Texas. The flight instructor received minor injuries and the student pilot received serious injuries. The airplane impacted nose down and received damage to the forward fuselage and wings. The aircraft was registered to and operated by an individual provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as an instructional flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which was not on a flight plan. The flight originated from Tyler Pounds Regional Airport (TYR) about 1445.

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