Friday, July 13, 2018

Rose Parrakeet A-1, N14842: Fatal accident occurred July 12, 2018 near Fairview Airport (7TS0), Wise County, Texas

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled 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: Rhome, TX
Accident Number: CEN18FA265
Date & Time: 07/12/2018, 1330 CDT
Registration: N14842
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On July 12, 2018, about 1330 central daylight time, an experimental Rose Parrakeet A-1 airplane, N14842, impacted terrain after takeoff from runway 35 at Fairview Airport (7TS0), Rhome, Texas. The airplane was destroyed by impact forces. The private pilot, who was the sole occupant, sustained fatal injuries. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of the Code of Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight that was not operating on a flight plan. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The flight originated about 1328 from 7TS0.

Witnesses stated that the airplane was about 100-200 feet above ground level, flying towards the north, when it banked "hard right" towards the east and "nose-dived" into terrain after takeoff. The wreckage was located about 0.4 nautical miles south of the airport. Ground scarring was limited to the area of the wreckage, which exhibited a nose-low impact attitude.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: ROSE
Registration: N14842
Model/Series: PARRAKEET A-1
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:  No
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: AFW, 723 ft msl
Observation Time: 1253 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 9 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 34°C / 19°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 5000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , Variable
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 16000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.05 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Rhome, TX (7TS0)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude:

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An 86-year-old man died Thursday when his single-engine biplane crashed in a field in Wise County.

The crash was reported to have taken place in a field along Farm-to-Market Road 407, about four miles northeast of Rhome.

Officials with the Texas Department of Public Safety said the aircraft was a 1936 Rose Parrakeet A-1.

The identity of the pilot, who was the only occupant onboard at the time of the crash, has been confirmed to be Dominick Pellegreno, the owner of the plane.

Pellegreno crashed not far from Fairview Airport, a private, turf airstrip. The site is about 25 miles northwest of Fort Worth along U.S. Highway 287.

It is not known what caused the crash. The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash.

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WISE COUNTY, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – A small plane went down in a field not far from an airstrip in Wise County in New Fairview around 1:30 p.m. Thursday, killing the pilot according to DPS.

The aircraft went down in the area of FM 407 and Graham Road near the airstrip off Dillavou Lane.

The victim was an 86-year-old man.

The Federal Aviation Administration described the plane as a single-seat 1936 Rose Parakeet A-1 biplane.

It’s not clear what caused the plane to go down.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board have been notified and will be conducting an investigation into the crash.

The National Transportation Safety Board said it will be in charge of the investigation.

New Fairview is about 30 miles northwest of Fort Worth.

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  1. 86 years old is pushing it for sure......

  2. Husband to Ann Pellegrino who duplicated Amelia Earhart's flight 50 years ago. When flying has been in your blood that long I am sure it is hard to say "enough is enough". Sad.

  3. Age doesn't look to be a factor. It appears that the engine may have quit from looking at the prop. The blade it bent at the hub, if it was under power then the tips would be curled. I have known some great pilots who flew into their late 80's who were still very sharp.

  4. Looks initially to be a survivable event ....

    The only issue with age is that it takes less and less of a health issue to become more of a major problem with health the older people are ...

  5. The field itself certainly “looks” plenty serviceable as an emergency landing field that if the problem was only a loss of power, he should have been able to put it down with far less damage than this. I’m in the medical issue camp on this one also. Fwiw.

  6. Looks like a stall/spin accident to me. There are no tire tracks thru the grass like you see from the emergency vehicles and the leading edges of the wings are crushed p and aft.

    As mentioned the prop doesn't show any signs of rotation or being under power.

  7. Hi all whom have posted - I am the Great-Niece of the pilot who perished in this accident. It was not because of age or health reasons, I can tell you that. He was still quick as a whip and on point with his flying. This accident had to do with the plane itself. Thank you all for your assumptions and concerns. - Rita