Friday, June 1, 2018

Luscombe 8A, N72066: Accident occurred June 01, 2018 near East Side Airport (3TS0), Longview, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; North Texas

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances.

Date: 01-JUN-18
Time: 12:30:00Z
Regis#: N72066
Aircraft Make: SILVAIRE
Aircraft Model: LUSCOMBE 8A
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: OTHER
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91
State: TEXAS

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) -  Law enforcement responded to a small plane crash Friday on the east side of Longview.

The aircraft went down in a field off Page Road sometime before 8 a.m.

The plane was a single-engine Luscombe 8A, according to Lynn Lunsford with the Federal Aviation Administration. Lunsford said initial reports are that two people on board suffered minor injuries.It is unclear at this point what led to the crash and it remains under investigation.

The Texas Department of Public Safety later identified the pilot as Randall Coggin, 74, of Longview, and the passenger as Coby Melvin, 67, of Longview.

Both were treated and released at the scene.

DPS reports that Coggin "advised that he had made repairs to the plane and was testing it when he experienced engine failure and made a hard landing."

The aircraft took off about 2 miles from the crash site.

The NTSB and FAA are investigating the crash.

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Two men walked away from a plane crash Friday morning after the aircraft went down near a northeast Longview neighborhood.

Longview police and fire crews responded to the scene of the crash shortly after 7:30 a.m. in the Mission Creek subdivision south of Page Road between Alpine Road and East Loop 281.

“We are on the scene of a small plane crash,” Fire Chief J.P. Steelman said shortly after crews responded to the crash.

He said both occupants of the plane exited it on their own. Texas Department of Public Safety crews also responded and were investigating.

DPS spokeswoman Jean Dark said the pilot was Randall Coggin, 74, of Longview. She said he told officials he had made repairs to the aircraft and was testing it when he experienced engine failure and made a hard landing.

The aircraft took off from a private runway at Eastside Airport about 2 miles from the crash site, Dark said.

According to Dark, Coggin and his passenger, Coby Melvin, 67, of Longview, were treated at the scene.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the plane is a Silvaire Luscombe 8A fixed-wing single-engine that is registered to John D. Stewart of Longview.

Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board and FAA were headed to the scene for further investigation, Dark said.

At 9:09 a.m. Friday, Steelman said Longview police and fire personnel had left scene, while Texas Department of Public Safety officers from Harrison County remained at the crash site.

The crash is the second such incident in the city potentially involving Eastside Airport in about as many years.

On March 18, 2016, a plane that had taken off from the airport crashed in a wooded area north of East Marshall Avenue, injuring the pilot.

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