Friday, July 13, 2018

Cessna 150H, N50183: Accident occurred July 11, 2018 near Gaston's Airport (3M0), Lakeview, Baxter County, Arkansas

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entities: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Little Rock, Arkansas
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas
Continental Motors; Mobile, Alabama 

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Lakeview, AR
Accident Number: CEN18LA274
Date & Time: 07/11/2018, 2030 CDT
Registration: N50183
Aircraft: Cessna 150
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On July 11, 2018, about 2030 central daylight time, a Cessna 150H airplane, N50183, impacted terrain and sustained substantial damage after takeoff from Gaston's Airport (3M0), Lakeview, Arkansas. The student pilot, the sole occupant, sustained serious injuries. The airplane was registered to a private individual and was operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a visual flight rules personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and no flight plan was filed. The flight originated from 3M0 about 2028.

In a conversation with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator-in-charge (IIC) on July 18, a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) aviation safety inspector (ASI) from the FAA Little Rock Flight Standards District Office reported to the NTSB IIC that he spoke with the pilot July 16 via telephone. The pilot reported to the FAA ASI that after takeoff from runway 24, the right wing impacted a tree branch. The pilot reported he overcorrected from impacting the tree branch and aerodynamically stalled the airplane. The airplane impacted a grass clearing and came to rest inverted near trees. The pilot was extracted from the wreckage and transported via an air ambulance helicopter to a hospital for medical treatment.

The pilot did not report any preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airframe and engine that would have precluded normal operation to the FAA ASI. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage, both wings, and the empennage.

The 3,200-foot-long grass airstrip (heading 060/240 degrees) which runs parallel to the White River, is part of the Gaston's White River Resort and is about 1.5 miles southwest of Lakeview.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N50183
Model/Series: 150 H
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
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: KBPK, 928 ft msl
Observation Time: 0153 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 4 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 31°C / 19°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots / , 160°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 8000 ft agl
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.01 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Lakeview, AR (3M0)

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: 36.348889, -92.555833 (est)

A Russellville, Arkansas, pilot has been transported to a Springfield hospital after his light plane crashed into trees shortly after takeoff Wednesday evening.

The Baxter County Sheriff's Office reports that Jeremy Wayne Saul, 38, suffered injuries when his aircraft was found to be off the end of the airstrip in the tree line at Gaston's White River Resort landing strip.  

The aircraft was a fixed wing single-engine Cessna 150H.

Saul was the only person aboard. According to the sheriff's office, Saul was attempting to take off from the airstrip. 

Saul was transported by air ambulance to a medical facility in Springfield. The accident is being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration.  

Wednesday's crash was the second in a month at Gaston's White River Resort. On June 18, pilot Eric S. Neff or Norfolk, Virginia, was flying over the landing strip at Gaston's to check the conditions of the grass runway.

According to the Baxter Bulletin, Neff performed a steep banking turn and lost power to the single-engine 1996 A-36 aircraft. Neff, now in an emergency, lined up to land on the strip at Gaston's.

However, as he began his emergency approach, he spotted people walking on the landing strip. Neff diverted to an adjacent hay field and put the plane down on its belly.

Neff's co-pilot, a Nashville, Tennessee, resident, reported suffering a minor injury as a result of the emergency landing. Neff and the plane's third occupant were not injured.

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