Monday, August 20, 2018

Beech B36TC Bonanza, registered to and operated by RD Airways, N6860W: Accident occurred August 20, 2018 near La Porte Municipal Airport (T41), Harris County, Texas

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Houston, Texas

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: La Porte, TX
Accident Number: CEN18LA340
Date & Time: 08/20/2018, 0620 CDT
Registration: N6860W
Aircraft: BEECH B36TC
Injuries: N/A
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On August 20, 2018, at 0620 central daylight time, a Beech B36TC single-engine airplane, N6860W, was substantially damaged when the engine lost power and the pilot made a forced landing in a wooded area 1/4-mile southeast of La Porte Municipal Airport (T41), La Porte, Texas. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by RD Airways, Channelview, Texas, under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and no flight plan had been filed for the personal cross-country flight. The flight was originating from T41 at the time of the accident.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: BEECH
Registration: N6860W
Model/Series: B36TC
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: RD Airways, LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: EFD, 32 ft msl
Observation Time: 0650 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 7 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C / 26°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 2000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , 170°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: La Porte, TX (T41)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: N/A
Latitude, Longitude: 29.669167, -95.064167 (est)

LA PORTE, Texas (KTRK) -- A small plane crash landed in some trees after striking a building near Spencer Highway in La Porte.

SkyEye 13 was above an area in the 11200 block of Spencer Highway where the plane came to rest.

According to Texas DPS, the pilot took off and immediately noticed engine trouble. The pilot tried to put the plane down safely, but glanced off a nearby building, damaging the roof.

"My fan actually shook really bad. I was like, 'Oh my gosh, something just happened,'" neighbor Priscilla Salazar said.

Salazar lives near the La Porte Municipal Airport, and only feet away from the crash.

The pilot told investigators that he was looking for an underpopulated area to land the plane, and decided to land across the street from the airport. He was about 1,000 to 2,000 feet away from a neighborhood.

"It's a scary thing to know that it could have crashed into one of our houses," Salazar said.

DPS says the pilot was the only person on board the plane, and was not injured.

Crash investigators with the National Transportation and Safety Board are working to figure out what exactly happened.

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