Saturday, December 29, 2018

Cessna 172 Skyhawk, registered to Mat-Valley Aero Services LLC and operated by US Sport Aircraft, N893JA: Accident occurred August 18, 2018 at Addison Airport (KADS), Dallas County, Texas

Rhonda Reeder with Post Acute Medical presents Steven Salazar with the photo that will hang on the rehab hospital's Wall of Honor. Salazar was in a plane crash in August 2018.


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

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

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

http://registry.faa.gov/N893JA


Location: Addison, TX
Accident Number: CEN18LA344
Date & Time: 08/18/2018, 1700 CDT
Registration: N893JA
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Injuries: 3 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Other Work Use 

On August 18, 2018, about 1700 central daylight time, a Cessna 172S, N893JA, impacted terrain on an adjacent taxiway shortly after takeoff at Addison Airport (ADS), Dallas, Texas. The pilot was conducting a discovery flight with two passengers on board. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the airplane fuselage, wings and empennage. The commercial and flight instructor-rated pilot and two passengers were seriously injured. The airplane was registered to Mat-Valley Aero Services LLC and operated by US Sport Aircraft under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a discovery flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, and no flight plan was filed.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information


Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N893JA
Model/Series: 172 S
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
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Operating Certificate(s) Held: Pilot School (141) 

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Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 Serious
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 Serious
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Steven Salazar was close to his dream of becoming a regional airline pilot when he was seriously injured in an accident involving a Cessna 172 Skyhawk.

Although he had survived the crash August 18th, he couldn't help but feel as if the life he had worked so hard to build as a flight instructor in Dallas was stripped away from him.

The 26-year-old recalled the anger and disappointment he felt inside the rehab hospital room back in his hometown of Victoria. He underwent surgery for a broken back and broken bones in his legs. He also suffered nerve damage. He grew accustomed to his new routine, and the hospital became his second home.

While his body healed its shattered bones, his dog, Cooper, a mini Australian shepherd, was allowed to visit every evening. Another daily visitor was his grandfather, Robert Rodriguez.

And after he was discharged, Rodriguez drove him to Post Acute Medical Rehabilitation Hospital of Victoria for outpatient therapy five days a week.

"He has been my right-hand man, my caretaker, my motivator, my personal comedian, my cameraman during physical therapy, my chauffeur and the best grandpa I could ever ask for," he said Friday during a ceremony celebrating his induction into the Wall of Honor at PAM Rehab Hospital.

Soon a framed photo of Salazar smiling next to a plane will join four others on the wall, each patient with their own inspiring story of recovery.

At the lectern, before the cake was served, he said recovery would have been even harder without his strong support network.

His parents, Barbara and Frank Salazar Sr., said there was no doubt that their middle child would get through this. "He's always been one for adventure," she said. "Nothing holds him back."

"Once he gets his mind on something he does it," added his older brother, Frank Salazar Jr.

Steven Salazar recently completed a Jingle Bell 5K Run sponsored by the hospital and afterward helped pack 150 care packages for military troops.

"He was always here working his tail off," said Dion Ruiz, his physical therapist at Post Acute Medical. "He is the perfect patient because he really buys in to what we tell him and he trusts us."

Salazar still has physical therapy and is working to improve his gait.

Amid the crowd of more than 50 gathered in the hospital hallway was his friend Niko Ramirez, who was diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury and left unable to walk or talk after a 2013 motorcycle accident.

Doriann Kraatz, Ramirez's mother, said Salazar was consistently caring for Niko immediately after his accident, even driving themto medical appointments.

She said it was in a doctor's waiting room a few years later that she remembers encouraging her son's friend to pursue his own career dreams.

She learned that Salazar wanted to be a pilot and was looking into classes in Waco. "I said, Niko is fine. He is stable," she recalled.

Salazar said that going through the experience with Niko and his family taught him to never give up hope.

While his career plans may change, he said, he is trying to stay focused on being healthy and enjoying life every day. "I want to cherish the time I have with my friends and family and slow down a little."

Original article ➤ https://www.victoriaadvocate.com