Saturday, August 18, 2018

Cessna 172L Skyhawk, N2893Q: Fatal accident occurred August 16, 2018 near Rhome Meadows Airport (T76), Wise County, Texas

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident.

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Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Rhome, TX
Accident Number: CEN18FA336
Date & Time: 08/16/2018, 1935 CDT
Registration: N2893Q
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Injuries: 1 Fatal, 3 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On August 16, 2018, about 1935 central daylight time, a Cessna 172 airplane, N2893Q, impacted trees and terrain shortly after departure from Rhome Meadows Airport (T76), Rhome, Texas. The commercial rated pilot was fatally injured and the 3 passengers sustained serious injuries. The airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and no flight plan had been filed. The local flight had just departed T76 at the time of the accident.

The pilot's family members stated that he had flown the airplane two times that evening before the accident flight; they reported no issues with the airplane. During the flight the pilot was in the right seat, the 14-year-old passenger in the left seat, and the 36-year-old and 9-year-old were in the rear bench seat.

A pilot-rated witness reported that he saw the airplane depart for a short local flight and then landed soon after. The airplane taxied back to it's home base and the 3 passengers boarded with the engine still running. He stated that the airplane taxied back to the runway and started the takeoff roll, during which the engine did not sound like it was developing full power. The takeoff roll was longer than expected and once the airplane was airborne the nose pitched up "very high" until about 50 ft above ground level (agl), then the nose came back down. The airplane flew low over the runway and appeared to accelerate until it pitched up and climbed to about 300 ft agl. The airplane then made a left turn and descended out of view.

The airplane impacted trees and came to rest inverted (figure 1) about 350 yards north of the departure end of runway 13 at T76. The airplane has been retained for further examination.

Figure 1 – Accident site 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N2893Q
Model/Series: 172 L
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: Dusk
Observation Facility, Elevation: KLUD, 1047 ft msl
Observation Time:
Distance from Accident Site: 7 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point:
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling:
Altimeter Setting:
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Rhome, TX (T76)
Destination: Rhome, TX (T76)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 3 Serious
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal, 3 Serious
Latitude, Longitude:  33.148056, -97.490000

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An avid pilot taking family and friends on a pleasure flight was killed when his single-engine plane crashed shortly after takeoff from a rural airfield in Wise County Thursday night, injuring three others.

Officials with the Texas Department of Public Safety said 63-year-old Curtis "Scotty" Moore was flying his Cessna 172L Skyhawk and had just taken off from Rhome Meadows Airport at about 7:30 p.m. when for some unknown reason the plane hit the ground and flipped upside down.

Family members said Moore, who was killed in the crash, was on his third flight of the day and was giving recreational rides friends and family members.

Three passengers were on board with Moore at the time of the crash, including two boys, ages 9 and 14, and family friend 35-year-old Brently Smith, of Azle.

Smith and one of the juveniles were airlifted to Fort Worth hospitals; the second child was also injured and taken to a Fort Worth hospital by ground.

Family members told NBC 5 one of the children is a member of Moore's family and the other is a family friend. None of the injuries are life threatening and mainly involve cuts to the face and some possible broken bones.

Moore's daughter told NBC 5 she was on a flight with her father just before the one that crashed and that there was no sign of anything being out of the ordinary.

Moore's family members didn't speculate on what could have caused the crash. They added in addition to being a pilot, Moore was a SCUBA diver and skydiver and owned Skydive Cowtown.

The cause of the crash remains unclear; the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating.

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WISE COUNTY, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – The man who died in a small plane crash Thursday evening in Wise County was an experienced pilot and ran his own skydiving business, friends say.

Family and friends are mourning the loss of Curtis “Scotty” Moore. There’s now an empty space in the hangar where he kept his plane.

Moore died after the Cessna 172L Skyhawk he was piloting crashed in a field Thursday evening, just east of Highway 287. One other adult passenger was transported to the hospital with serious injuries, and two child passengers were transported with unknown injuries.

“It hasn’t set in yet. It’s still kind of surreal,” said friend William Brooks.

On Friday, family and friends went out to Moore’s business, Skydive Cowtown, to honor the man they knew as “Scotty.”

“He’s been a part of my life for a long time. He’s best friends with my uncle. Real close family friend. I’ve been scuba-diving, skydiving with him pretty much my whole life,” said Brooks.

Relatives say Moore took a friend and two boys for an evening ride on his plane. The National Transportation Safety Board says the plane crashed at the end of the runway, just after takeoff.

“I’ve flown with him hundreds and hundreds of times. I’ve seen hundreds of other takeoffs. He always banks right after takeoff. This crash happened left. I don’t make sense of that,” said Brooks.

Friends say Moore was big-hearted and even married Brooks and his wife.

“I actually met my wife out here. She came out here for her first jump. I told him, as soon as she left, ‘I think I just met my future wife.’ I asked him right there, ‘You’re going to marry us,’ and he said, ‘Alright, cool!'” said Brooks.

Moore’s family wasn’t ready to talk, but they shared pictures of him as the entire community is feeling the loss of a man loved by many.

“He’s one of those people who knew everybody, helped everybody and just an amazing person,” said Brooks.

Investigators are determining what exactly caused the crash.

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The pilot of a Cessna 172L Skyhawk died after crashing into a field in Rhome Thursday night, according to Department of Public Safety spokesman Lonny Haschel.

Three other passengers suffered unknown injuries.

The pilot was identified as Curtis Moore, 63, of Rhome.

An adult male passenger, identified as Brentley Smith, 35, of Azle, was flown by medical helicopter to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth. A juvenile passenger was flown to Cook Children’s in Fort Worth. Another juvenile was taken to Cook’s by ground ambulance.

Haschel said the Federal Aviation Administration will be conducting an investigation into the crash.

Mallory Schuring, who lives on County Road 4421 near the crash site, said she did not witness the crash, but heard medical helicopters flying overhead around 8 p.m.

“I haven’t ever heard or seen anything like this,” Schuring said.

Lynn Lunsford, mid-states public affairs manager with the Federal Aviation Administration, said the plane took off from Rhome Meadows Airport and crashed shortly after. He added Federal Aviation Administration investigators were on their way to the crash site Friday morning, and the National Transportation Safety Board was notified.

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Anonymous said...

4 adults in a 172L on a 95* day....

Density altitude calculated to 3800' according to historical weather data I found.....

Anonymous said...

Correction - 2 adults and 2 children.

Anonymous said...

pilot was in the right seat. 14 yo in the left. other adult and 9 year old in the back.