Friday, March 15, 2019

Cessna 172 Skyhawk, registered to a private individual and operated by the CFI as part of the Lakeway Flying Club Inc under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a visual flight rules instructional flight, N8620B: Fatal accident occurred March 14, 2019 at Lakeway Airpark (3R9), Travis County, Texas

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Antonio, Texas
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas
Continental Motors; Mobile, Alabama

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N8620B



Location: Lakeway, TX
Accident Number: CEN19FA099
Date & Time: 03/14/2019, 1340 CDT
Registration: N8620B
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

On March 14, 2019, about 1340 central daylight time (CDT), a Cessna 172 (Skyhawk) airplane, N8620B, impacted terrain at a road intersection while attempting to land at the Lakeway Airpark (3R9), Lakeway, Texas. The certificated flight instructor (CFI) sustained serious injuries and the student pilot sustained fatal injuries. The airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to a private individual and was operated by the CFI as part of the Lakeway Flying Club, Inc., under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a visual flight rules instructional flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and no flight plan was filed. The flight originated from 3R9 about 1325 CDT.

Law enforcement officers (LEO) from the Lakeway Police Department and the Texas Department of Public Safety and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) aviation safety inspectors (ASI) traveled to, secured, and documented the accident site shortly after the accident occurred. LEO and FAA ASI reported the purpose of the flight was for training with the student pilot by the CFI in the local area. While conducting operations in the traffic pattern utilizing runway 34, a witness who is also a CFI, observed the airplane abort two landings. During the attempted third landing, the witness observed the airplane depart controlled flight for unknown reasons and impact terrain. The wreckage was located at a "T" intersection about 930 ft southwest of the threshold for runway 34, at an elevation of about 915 ft above mean sea level. No ground injuries from the accident sequence were sustained by any individuals in the area. No distress calls were heard by other pilots flying in the local area prior to the impact.

Both occupants were extracted from the wreckage and were transported to medical facilities via helicopter air ambulance in a critical injury status. The student pilot succumbed to his injuries and was produced dead upon reaching the medical facility. At the time of writing of this preliminary report, the CFI is listed in a critical injury status.

On March 15, 2019, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator-in-charge (IIC), and air safety investigators from Textron Aviation and Continental Motors traveled to the accident site. The team members conducted accident site documentation. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage, both wings, and the empennage. All structural components of the airplane were located at the accident site. The airplane initially impacted a tree and road sign to the west of the Lakeway Swim Center on a heading of about 59° prior to the "T' intersection, and various powered propeller impact marks on the asphalt were observed in the direction of travel. The airplane traveled about 180 ft to the northeast across a road before terminating at the final resting point on a heading of about 182°. First responders removed about 25 gallons of fuel from both wing tanks. Just south of the initial impact point and the final resting point is set of power transmission lines that span from the southwest to the northeast, just south of runway 34. No evidence of a power line strike occurring were observed. The wreckage was recovered and transportation to a secure location at 3R9.

On March 16, 2019, the investigative team members conducted an airframe and engine examination with the wreckage. During the examination, no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airframe and engine were noted. An examination of the airplane's maintenance records revealed no evidence of uncorrected mechanical discrepancies with the airframe and engine.

A CFI, who is also employed by the Lakeway Police Department as a LEO, reported he flew the accident airplane on the day of the accident with a student pilot from about 1000 CDT to about 1100 CDT. The CFI reported no mechanical malfunctions or failures with airframe and engine that would have precluded normal operation.

A Garmin Aera 510 global positioning system unit was secured from the wreckage by the NTSB IIC and transported to the NTSB Vehicle Recorder Laboratory in Washington, District of Columbia for a future examination and data extraction.

The Lakeway Flying Club, based at 3R9, is a not-for-profit corporation organized for the purpose of providing its members with airplanes for recreational usage and training purposes. In addition to the accident airplane, the Lakeway Flying Club also utilizes a Cessna 172G airplane and a Beech 35-33 (Debonair) airplane.

The four-seat capacity airplane, serial number 36320, was manufactured in 1957. The airplane was equipped with a 145 horsepower Continental Motors O-300-D carbureted engine, serial number 27160-D-2-D. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N8620B
Model/Series: 172 Undesignated
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: KRYW, 1231 ft msl
Observation Time: 1334 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 9 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C / -8°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction:  8 knots / , 360°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:
Altimeter Setting: 28.8 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Lakeway, TX (3R9)
Destination: Lakeway, TX (3R9)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude:  30.351389, -97.993889 (est)

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov.


Kevin Wayne Henderson

Kevin Henderson & Family 

Kevin Wayne Henderson entered this world October 20, 1982 in Huntsville, Texas to Larry and Elena Henderson.

The second son born into a military family, Kevin always had a sense of service and a passion for flying. Even as a kid, he had an admirable work ethic. After graduating high school, he attempted to join the US Army and fly Apache Helicopters. Unfortunately, that didn't pan out for him and he returned to Texas disappointed. He was hired on at Best Buy in Austin. He would later join the Geek Squad team and continued to excel for over 10 years culminating as the Deputy Field Marshall for the Austin/ San Antonio region. His intellect, love of the latest technology, and leadership provided a candid example of professionalism that others respected and aspired to be. His greatest accomplishment was his family. He was the one in the family to get everyone together for any and every event, special or not. He was the photographer to capture those perfect moments of you that you wouldn't want the world to see. 

The clown with a contagious laugh to put a smile on your face and joy in your heart.  The one quick to forgive even when you think he shouldn't. The genuine unconditional love he had for everyone, not just his family. The pride he had in all things that he did, otherwise it wouldn't have been worth doing to him. The monumental patience he had, especially when he would be dog tired after a long day's work or helping anybody in need, he would still have the strength and fortitude to drag himself up and spend time with his children, his family.

Like everyone on this earth he had his difficult times, but these last four years were the best. He found True Love, his family grew, and he started to pursue a passion he'd had since he was a kid, to fly. He had been working on his private pilot's license for the last six months when tragedy struck. He and his friend attempted to land and for reasons unknown at this time, they didn't make it to the runway.

Kevin departed too soon in a plane crash on March 14, 2019 at the young age of 36. He survives through his parents, Larry and Elena Henderson; His older brother Larry; His little sister Kayla (expecting); His wife Jaclyn (expecting) and their daughter Kayla and soon to enter this world Aria Rose; His daughters Isabella and Olivia; and the countless friends and family that were blessed enough to know him even for a moment. 


https://www.harrellfuneralhomes.com


Scott Nelson & Family 

LAKEWAY, Texas — One man was killed and another is in critical condition after a plane crashed in a busy Lakeway neighborhood Thursday afternoon.

The crash happened just before 1:45 p.m. near the intersection of Lakeway Boulevard and The Hills Drive.

Lakeway police identified the men on board the plane as Randall "Scott" Nelson and Kevin Henderson. Henderson died at the hospital shortly after the crash.

Nelson's wife told KVUE that Nelson is awake, in good spirits and no longer needs help with oxygen. She said he has started to talk and that his breathing and feeding tubes are "officially out."

His wife says doctors have been able to repair his pelvis and his arm after four surgeries. He will undergo several facial reconstruction surgeries on his nose over the next several months.

"The amount of support and prayers we have gotten is truly remarkable and we couldn't be happier with his progress."

The family has started a GoFundMe page to help cover medical expenses, as well as a page for the Henderson family.

According to Lakeway Police Chief Todd Radford, the pilot made two attempts to land at the Lakeway Airpark just down the street from the scene of the crash.

"On the third attempt, they had come up this way, something occurred, and the plane went down coming this direction," Chief Radford said.

The plane, a Cessna 172, hit a few tree limbs and a metal pole before crashing into a grassy ditch.

Christopher Wood, an off-duty Lake Travis Fire Rescue firefighter, had just finished golfing nearby when he heard all of the commotion and ran to help.

"I just saw a lady in the middle of the road screaming with her arms up. I looked to the left and just seen the plane had just went down," Wood said. "I tried to manage it like it was a critical incident, like I was on duty."

With the help of another off-duty firefighter, Wood removed both men from the mangled cockpit. 

"When you do this for a living, if something happens in front of you, you just generally are going to respond," he said. "It's how God made me."

People that know the Nelson family showed up on Friday to put flowers near the crash site. 

"We're devastated. We're devastated for the Hendersons and the Nelsons and their families. Our community, there's been a wide out pour of grief and sadness," said Angela Beck, the POA President for Hills of Lakeway.

Beck said this is the second plane crash they've had.

Marsha Finch, who flies the plane at least four times a month, told KVUE she's never once had any mechanical problems with it.

"I consider that plane my plane because I rent it and fly it often," Finch said. "Made to fly and it loves to fly, so you feel very secure in it." 

According to Finch, the plane belongs to a local flight club, whose members often share the plane. 

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) investigators were at the crash site Thursday evening, and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators arrived Friday afternoon. 

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.kvue.com





Friday, March 15 update: The National Transportation Safety Board is conducting an investigation into what caused a small plane to crash in Lakeway on Thursday, said Lakeway Police Chief Todd Radford.

Crash survivor Randall Scott Nelson remains in critical condition, and police still do not know who was flying the plane when it crashed, Radford said.

Meanwhile, two westbound lanes of Lakeway Boulevard have been reopened but one eastbound lane of Lakeway Boulevard remains closed in the area of Thursday’s plane crash, Radford said.

The Hills Drive remains closed from Lakeway Boulevard to Trophy Drive because of the crash, which occurred near the intersection of The Hills Drive and Lakeway Boulevard.

San Marcos resident Kevin Wayne Henderson was killed in the crash. A GoFundMe has been set up to raise money for his family that on Friday had raised nearly $8,000.

Original article: LAKEWAY — Lakeway police have identified a man who was killed after a plane crash Thursday as Kevin Wayne Henderson of San Marcos.

Police also identified another man who was also in the plane as Randall Scott Nelson. He was flown by helicopter to the Dell Seton Medical Center in Austin in critical condition. Police said he was stable about an hour after the crash, though still critical.

It’s unclear who the pilot was.


A single-engine Cessna 172 crashed about 2:40 p.m. Thursday as it tried to land at the Lakeway Airpark, at 115 Flying Scot St. off Lakeway Boulevard, police said. It’s unclear exactly what caused the crash.

Emergency workers said both men were unconscious when medics first arrived. Lakeway Police Department Chief Todd Radford said the plane twice attempted to land and finally crashed on its third attempt. It appeared to have clipped a tree and a pole before slamming to the ground, leaving the pilot and passenger gravely injured.

Police shut down several roads in the area while investigators gathered evidence. Federal investigators were at the crash site Thursday afternoon, and the National Transportation Safety Board had been notified, Federal Aviation Administration officials said.

Christopher Wood, a lieutenant with Lake Travis Fire Rescue, said he was headed home from a round of golf in the area when he saw a woman screaming in the street with her arms up. The plane had just gone down, and people were getting out of their cars to help.

Wood, who was off duty, said he went to the wreckage and pulled one of the men out as a gas line pumped fuel into the aircraft. As he went back for the second man, an Austin firefighter arrived and helped pull him out. “When you do this for a living, if something happens in front of you, you’re generally gonna respond,” Wood said. “You don’t just drive around to get the other nine holes in. It’s how God made me. No first-responder, no guy would pull around that. Everybody would’ve done the same thing and pulled them out.”

Lakeway resident Lee Finch said he saw the plane circle the runway about 2 p.m. “It wasn’t full power,” he said. “I heard it running rough and not accelerating, flying very slow.”

Finch said the plane appeared to be maneuvering to land but said he did not see the crash.

At least two other planes have gone down in Central Texas this year. A pilot died in a single-engine aircraft crash near Fredericksburg in mid-January.

Another plane went down in Horseshoe Bay on Feb. 15 injuring two.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.statesman.com



Chris Wood was golfing and off duty (Lake Travis Fire Rescue) but decided to jump in to help after he heard screams nearby. He says both victims were struggling to breathe.


A small plane crashed in Lakeway on Thursday afternoon, leaving one person dead and one person injured.

According to Lake Travis, it happened near an air park runway by the intersection of the Hills Drive and Lakeway Blvd., Two people were involved, one died.

Lakeway Police said Kevin Wayne Henderson of San Marcos died after the crash. As of Thursday night, Randal Scott Nelson of Lake Travis is in stable but critical condition at a hospital in Downtown Austin.

Witnesses told Lakeway police the plane was seen trying to land twice before it crashed at the intersection.

The road was blocked off for several hours until police opened one east bound lane as the sun went down.

According to Austin-Travis County EMS, the two men were in their 30s. 

Lee Finch, a resident of the area, said he had previously flown on the very plane that was involved in Thursday's crash. He said he saw the plane struggling before it came down.

"There's no mechanical reason that I was aware of that would impact this aircraft. (the plane) was obviously not producing power that they demanded," said Finch.

NTSB and FAA investigators took over the investigation on Thursday night as they cause of the crash is still being determined.

Story and video ➤ https://cbsaustin.com


LAKEWAY, Texas (KXAN) — The Lakeway Police Department confirmed that one passenger was killed and one is in critical condition following a small plane crash at Lakeway Boulevard and The Hills Drive in Lakeway Thursday afternoon.

In a press conference Thursday, LPD confirmed that bystanders, including two off-duty fire fighters, were able to pull the passengers from the craft. Once the pair were out, emergency medical services took one of them to Baylor-Scott and White Medical Center in Lakeway, where he later died. The other was transported to Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas. 

The passenger at Dell Seton is in critical condition. The other passenger was identified as Kevin Wayne Henderson, who was from San Marcos. It is not yet known which of the individuals were piloting the aircraft.

Police say the single-engine vehicle was attempting to land at the time of the crash and had made multiple approaches, but it's not known why it went down.

Roads at The Hills Drive and Lakeway Boulevard will remain closed until wreckage is removed. 

Story and video ➤ https://www.kxan.com



LAKEWAY, Texas — One man is dead and another is in critical condition after a plane crashed in a busy Lakeway neighborhood Thursday afternoon.

The crash happened just before 1:45 p.m. near the intersection of Lakeway Boulevard and The Hills Drive.

According to Lakeway Police Chief Todd Radford, the pilot made two attempts to land at the Lakeway Airpark just down the street from the scene of the crash.

"On the third attempt, they had come up this way, something occurred, and the plane went down coming this direction," Chief Radford said.

The Cessna 172 Skyhawk hit a few tree limbs and a metal pole before crashing into a grassy ditch.

Christopher Wood, an off-duty Lake Travis Fire Rescue firefighter, had just finished golfing nearby when he heard all of the commotion and ran to help.

"I just saw a lady in the middle of the road screaming with her arms up. I looked to the left and just seen the plane had just went down," Wood said. "I tried to manage it like it was a critical incident, like I was on duty."

With the help of another off-duty firefighter, Wood removed both men from the mangled cockpit. 

"When you do this for a living, if something happens in front of you, you just generally are going to respond," he said. "It's how God made me."

Marsha Finch, who flies the plane at least four times a month, told KVUE she's never once had any mechanical problems with it.

"I consider that plane my plane because I rent it and fly it often," Finch said. "Made to fly and it loves to fly, so you feel very secure in it." 

Lakeway police identified the men on board the plane as Randall Nelson and Kevin Henderson. Henderson died at the hospital shortly after the crash. 

As of Thursday evening, Nelson was still in critical condition at the hospital.

According to Finch, the plane belongs to a local flight club, whose members often share the plane. 

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) investigators were at the crash site Thursday evening, and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators will arrive Friday morning.

Story and video ➤ https://www.kiiitv.com





Federal Aviation Administration officials are investigating the cause of a plane crash at 1:42 p.m. March 14 in Lakeway that claimed the life of one occupant and left the other in critical, but stable condition.

The Cessna 172 Skyhawk was attempting to land at the Lakeway Airpark when it crashed at the intersection of Lakeway Boulevard and The Hills Drive.

Lakeway police, Lake Travis Fire Rescue, Austin-Travis County EMS, Travis County Sheriff’s Office and Texas Department of Public Safety all responded to the scene, and the plane’s two occupants were transported by StarFlight to area hospitals.

Eastbound lanes in that section of Lakeway Boulevard remain partially closed to traffic as the plane must remain there overnight. Police anticipate both of the road's westbound lanes will be open soon at that intersection.

17 comments:

CFI no mo' said...

Practicing engine-out procedures, not enough carb heat = carb ice ???

Doug said...

I think you may have it right. According to NWS for a nearby weather station (I couldn't find METAR archive data for this site)

at 10:35am Winds N 13 G 22 Vis 10.00 Sky CLR Temp 51 Dew pt 26 RH 38%

According to an icing chart from AOPA, this is considered "serious icing" conditions. Yesterday was a perfect spring day in central Texas and that bright sunshine made it feel a lot warmer than it was. And carb icing isn't a major topic for pilots in our area.

Anonymous said...

Another sad ending for a "classic" Cessna most likely through no fault is it's own.

Anonymous said...

Carb icing is very unlikely given the weather conditions. The temperature at the time of the accident was 60F with a dewpoint of 27F. Also, training flights and T&G are not allowed at this airport so I'd rule out any engine-out practice.

A few witnesses said that the plane just took off and tried to return to the runway after losing power. If that were true, they would have been taking off from RWY 16 with a 10 kt tailwind. Not impossible, but unlikely.

John Strauss said...

I happened to drive by the accident site about 5pm that day. I am familiar with the Lakeway airport and I am a pilot (although not current). It looks to me a simple case of trying to land in the wrong direction. The wind was out of the north, yet they were trying to land southbound, so the wind would have been at their backs and pushed them off the end of the runway.

Anonymous said...

Could have been a stuck valve causing a dead cylinder. If they tried turning at low altitude to go back to the airport, most likely stalled and spun in. Will have to wait on the NTSB report to know for sure.

Anonymous said...

I bet if they made two attempts at landing they forgot to turn the carb heat "off" on climb-out causing a loss of power and poor climb rate OR they didn't use carb heat during the descent to landing, picked up carb ice and then when they hit full power for the go around, it wasn't there and a crash resulted. The investigation will bring out the facts in due time.

Anonymous said...

I'm wondering if they were in fact trying to land OR were they on a go around? It looks like the plane has full flaps deployed and I believe on these old Cessna's that equates to 40 degrees. If for some reason they couldn't get the flaps to retract that would have resulted in a very poor climb rate due to lots of drag possibly causing to collide with terrain. Not sure if this plane had manual or electric flaps but a popped circuit breaker for the flaps preventing them from retracting on go around could be fatal.

Anonymous said...

This plane was a 1957 model and had manual flaps. Electric flaps weren't introduced until 1964 on Cessna 172's.

Anonymous said...

Apparently, no Fire. Did it run out of gas?

Richard Mays said...

The flight was a training flight. The pilot/student was left seat, the instructor was in the right. They had attempted 2 landings and went around both attempts. The wind was very gusty. As they pulled up for the go around on 34, people on the ground heard the engine backfire and stumble. The plane then attempted a 180 to land on rwy 16. On the radio you hear the instructor call for full flaps, 30 seconds later you hear the crash. They entered final for 16 too high and attempted to slow the plane with a 20kt tailwind, most of that tail wind was blocked by the trees, when they could not make the field the plane pulled up and crashed on the roadway just past the end of the runway. They stalled in slow flight as they picked up the tailwind just over ground effect.

Anonymous said...

Nice theory Richard but the facts don't line up. Live and fly there. They crashed on a heading back into 34. The winds were gusty and varying 360 to 40 @ the time. Entering final to 16 as you identify is a final that is out over Lake Travis. In fact, their last approach was essentially a short final on a 45 degree to 34 generally into headwinds not "tailwinds." They crashed on a 45 degree angle 150 yards short of the threshold for 34. Check your online video with pattern approach to 34. Just like that. Seems like you wouldn't have gotten your facts this wrong if you really knew something about the accident. Also, not sure where you get the "radio" chatter as 3R9 doesn't records traffic and don't know how you'd hear any of what you claim to hear. Cockpit conversations calling for flaps etc. would have not been broadcast unless they were keying mike the entire time. Sooo...?

Anonymous said...

Live there too - from the photos, the wreck is clearly pointing towards the elementary school. The "No Thru Trucks" sign is eastbound on Lakeway, right at the corner with The Hills. That would be a 16 heading, not 34, unless he spun it in.
Agree, unless he had a stuck mic, I doubt if much of anything would have been heard over the CTAF, so that all sounds like a bunch of fake news.
Their ratings were student and CFI so a training flight makes sense. If they were using 34, as would be expected given the wind, had an engine out or simply ran out of gas on a go around, they may have tried to return via 16. They could have miscalculated their position and trajectory for the emergency landing and ran out of runway quickly with a strong tailwind.
The CFI survived so eventually a full report with a hopefully accurate explanation will be available. Until then, feel free to speculate however you wish, and RIP to the other pilot.

John Strauss said...

I stopped by the crash site today on the way home from work and I had it wrong. The plane came to rest with the tail pointed towards the runway which led me to believe they were attempting to land on 16. However, at the site, after seeing the impact and skid marks, I believe they were trying to come around to 34. The plane impacted the ground at the very end of the driveway that leads to the swim center. It then skidded across The Hills Drive and nosed into the ditch across the street, where the tail swung around ~90 degrees to the left and impacted the aforementioned "No Trucks" sign. They were on base for 34 and were cutting final short in order to make the field, or the plane stalled on base. Either way, the plane impacted ground at a ~45 degree angle to Rwy 34. I find it hard to believe they were dead stick at this point since full flaps were deployed. You would not do that short of the field if you were already running out of altitude due to the increased drag. Given that, I don't have any idea what would have caused them to stall in that config, especially with a CFI on board. I guess we will have to wait for the report to come out to know for sure. I am done speculating.

Anonymous said...

I've thought about my initial response to Richard earlier. I saw the crash site within an hour of them reopening the road. What has been omitted in other reports of the site is the impact damaged started at the stop sign at the exit of the swim center's driveway. If you look at it on Google street view you will see the back of the stop sign and a smallish shrub immediately behind the stop sign. The shrub was torn in half, the sign's pole was bent and the sign was missing. There was impact scarring in the street where the nose and prop hit right beyond the stop sign pointing in about a 20 degree heading. There appeared to be striations consistent with a turning prop. The scarring continued in a straight line on about a 20-30 degree heading across the street into the ditch/culvert. Presumably the impact in the culvert deflected the plane where the left wing then presumably took out the No Thru Trucks sign on Lakeway Blvd. The bounce/deflection in the culvert ultimately stopped as what we saw in the pictures, facing a heading of about 150 degrees. Looking back at the Google street view on the swim center driveway you'll note there are two much taller trees immediately behind the smallish bush that was damaged. At the time I thought it was quite odd those trees had no apparent damage whatsoever even though the heading shown by the line of impact damage would have had to have taken them through those trees. I now suspect that it may well have been an aborted attempt at 16 that was going to be too long. They then tried to power back up with whatever power they were producing to try and get over the tree line at the end of 16. But with faltering engine and tailwinds it is conceivable they stalled and spun to the left quickly reversing direction. That would have caused them to drop into a tight area missing the taller trees behind the apparent direction of the crash but still taking out only the smallish bush and the swim center's stop sign on the way to the culvert. This is the only scenario that I can surmise that fits the versions from the handful of witnesses at 3R9 as well as the physical evidence. If that's what played out, it would have been a terrifying last 20 seconds.

Anonymous said...

I know for a fact that the winds were blowing harder than 8kts that day. I cancelled an instrument training day that day out of KGTU due to the winds being above my minimums. I wonder how/where they got the 8 knots from?

John Strauss said...

I really thought we would know the true story by now, given that the CFI survived the crash and was reported awake and talking 2 months ago