Sunday, April 15, 2018

Wittman Tailwind, N625JS: Fatal accident occurred April 15, 2018 in Castroville, Medina County, Texas

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Antonio

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances.


Carl E. Bray: http://registry.faa.gov/N625JS


Date: 15-APR-18
Time: 16:00:00Z
Regis#: N625JS
Aircraft Make: EXPERIMENTAL
Aircraft Model: TAILWIND W 10
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: DESTROYED
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91
City: CASTROVILLE
State: TEXAS

Carl Bray
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MEDINA COUNTY, Texas - Authorities have identified a pilot killed in a plane crash near the Bexar-Medina county line Sunday morning.

According to Medina County Sheriff Randy Brown, 68-year-old Carl Bray was piloting the plane when it went down around 10:45 a.m. in the wood-covered area behind Texas Research Park off State Highway 211 near Potranco Elementary School.

Brown told KSAT 12 News that the plane slammed into the woods and started a small brush fire.

Bexar County Deputies were first at the scene and had trouble reaching the crash site because of the thick brush.

Brown said Bray had departed from the Freedom Springs Ranch Airport in Bandera County. It's unclear where Bray was headed.

Bray's daughter, Shawn Todd, said her father was a hardworking private pilot who was enjoying retirement.

Bray, Todd said, had proudly served in the Marine Corps and was married to Lynn Bray. He had five daughters, two stepdaughters and a stepson.

Todd said she had gone flying with her father often. 


Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.ksat.com





BEXAR COUNTY — Authorities said a pilot is dead after his aircraft crashed near the Medina-Bexar County line Sunday morning.

The pilot has been identified as 68-year-old Carl Bray, according to Medina County Sheriff Randy Brown. Grey departed from Freedom Springs Ranch Airport, which is nearly 25 miles north of the crash site, and it's possible he was flying to Castroville Municipal Airport to get fuel, according to Brown.

Medina County investigators are holding the scene until Monday morning when National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration investigators are expected to arrive, Brown said.

Firefighters with the Bexar County Fire Marshal's Office said they were called out to the 14900 block of Omicron Drive at about 10:30 a.m. for reports of a plane crash. When crews arrived, they encountered a small engine aircraft that crashed and caught fire. One person was found dead at the scene inside the two-seater aircraft.

The original call was made to Bexar County firefighters, but when they arrived, it was determined that the scene was in Medina County. Firefighters said there is a housing development under construction in the area and no homes were affected. 

Original article can be found here ➤ http://news4sanantonio.com



One fatality has been confirmed in a plane crash that happened in Medina County on Sunday morning, according to the Medina County Sheriff's Office.

Medina County Sheriff Randy Brown confirms that 68-year-old Carl Bray is the pilot identified in Sunday morning's fatal plane crash. He says they believe Bray had departed from Freedom Springs Ranch Airport near Pipe Creek, TX.

He adds this is the only information they have at this time and that FAA is working with NTSB to determine why it crashed.

Sgt. Orlando Moreno with Texas Department of Public Safety said officials had difficulty identifying victim due to the extent of the injuries to the badly burned body.

Moreno added that the fire that started from the crash didn't spread because it wasn't very windy Sunday morning.

The single-engine aircraft crashed around 11 am Sunday, according to the Bexar County Sheriff's Office. The crash occurred on private property with no roads to get to the crash site. No structures were threatened. It's unclear if the property owner is aware of the crash.

The accident happened off Highway 211 near Potranco Road near the Bexar-Medina County line on the west side.

Responding officers are working to confirm what kind plane it is, reporting it as 'unrecognizable' after being engulfed in flames.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash. 

Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.kcentv.com




The pilot of an "experimental" small-engine aircraft fatally crashed Sunday in Medina County, authorities said.

The pilot, who has not been identified, fell with his craft that crashed in a brushy area outside of a construction zone at Lambda and Omicron drives around 10:30 a.m.

Investigators do not yet have a cause for the crash.

Authorities said a security guard at a nearby Microsoft facility spotted the falling aircraft and notified first responders.

Rudy Khalaf, a division chief with the Bexar County 2 Fire Department, said the terrain proved difficult for first responders to navigate.

"For us to gain access, there were multiple fences that had to be cut," he said.

Authorities were eventually able to find the crash site, where they found the pilot "obviously" dead, Khalaf said. The crash caused the aircraft to ignite, starting a small grass fire that was easily extinguished.

Khalaf said the plane had no discernible markings on it, describing it as an "experimental" small-engine aircraft that was likely home built. He said many residents in the area have such planes, which they use for crop dusting and other activities, and fly them out of nearby San Geronimo Airpark.

"It's not uncommon," he said. "Around here, it's not uncommon at all."

He said the plane was a 2-seater, though authorities have no evidence the pilot was flying with anyone else.

Though he didn't have exact numbers, he said authorities have responded to around three or four similar crashes in recent years.

Numerous agencies responded to the crash site, including the Bexar County Sheriff's Office, Medina County Sheriff's Office, Bexar County Fire Department, Castroville Fire Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety. Khalaf said the Federal Aviation Administration has been notified of the crash.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.lmtonline.com







One fatality has been confirmed in a plane crash that happened in Medina County on Sunday morning, according to the Medina County Sheriff's Office.

The single-engine aircraft crashed around 11 am Sunday, according to the Bexar County Sheriff's Office.

The accident happened off Highway 211 near Potranco Road near the Bexar-Medina County line on the west side.

Responding officers are working to confirm what kind plane it is, reporting it as 'unrecognizable' after being engulfed in flames.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.kens5.com




The pilot of an experimental aircraft fatally crashed Sunday in Medina County, authorities said.

The pilot, who has not been identified, crashed in a brushy area outside of a construction zone at Lambda and Omicron drives around 10:30 a.m.

Investigators do not yet have a cause for the crash.

Authorities said a security guard at a nearby Microsoft facility spotted the falling aircraft and notified first responders.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.mysanantonio.com








BEXAR COUNTY — First responders are at the scene of a reported plane crash in Medina County.

Firefighters with the Bexar County Fire Marshal's Office said they were called out to the 14900 block of Omicron Drive for reports of a plane crash. When crews arrived, they encountered a small engine aircraft that crashed and found one person dead at the scene. Firefighters said it was a two-seater plane, but only one person was found inside.

The original call was made to Bexar County firefighters, but when they arrived, it was determined that the scene was in Medina County.

First responders are still investigating what led to the crash. 

Original article can be found here ➤ http://foxsanantonio.com

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