Sunday, March 10, 2019

Cessna 337C Super Skymaster, sold to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight, N922EJ: Fatal accident occurred March 09, 2019 in Longview, 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
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas
Continental Motors; Mobile, Alabama

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Longview, TX
Accident Number: CEN19FA094
Date & Time: 03/09/2019, 1030 CST
Registration: N922EJ
Aircraft: Cessna T337
Injuries: 4 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On March 9, 2019, about 1030 central standard time, a Cessna T337C airplane, N922EJ, was destroyed when it collided with trees and terrain during a descent near Longview, Texas. The private pilot and three passengers were fatally injured. The airplane was sold to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight that was not operated on a flight plan. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed in the area about the time of the accident. The flight departed Lancaster Regional Airport (LNC), near Lancaster, Texas, about 0930, and was en route to the Lakefront Airport, near New Orleans, Louisiana.

An employee at LNC reported that about 0930 the pilot and 3 other people came to the airport. The pilot came inside and bought 1 quart of oil. He was in a good mood and told me that his daughter was from Houston and they were flying to Louisiana. The pilot then went out and did a long preflight (about 10 minutes) he put the oil in the front engine, and his son brought the empty bottle in to throw it away. Then they entered the airplane, started it up, and let it run for about 5 minutes. The airplane was taxied toward the south ramp out of sight. The self-serve fuel is located down that way and it was a long enough period of time for the pilot to service the airplane with fuel. After that, the airplane took off and flew away. The employee said that a severe thunderstorm went through about 0730-0830. At the time of departure, the thunderstorm had passed through and the weather present at LNC was "clear."

A friend of the family later reported that the airplane was missing and an Alert Notice (ALNOT) was issued.

A witness was driving down a road to go hunting. While driving he noticed scattered trash along a clearway above an underground pipeline in a wooded area. He looked further at the trash and saw that it was an airplane crash. He subsequently called 9-1-1. The time was about 1900.

According to initial information from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the 51-year-old pilot held a private pilot certificate with a single engine land airplane rating. The pilot's last aviation medical examination was dated August 8, 2018, when he applied for a FAA third-class medical certificate. The pilot reported on the application for that medical certificate that he had accumulated 1,200 hours of total flight time and 0 hours of flight time in the 6 months before the examination. The pilot's logbook was found in the wreckage. The entry before the last entry was dated May 7, 2005. The last entry was dated August 23, 2018 and using flight time carried forward on the last page, the pilot's total logged flight time was 250.9 hours.

N922EJ was a 1968 model Cessna T337C, twin-engine, push-pull configuration, high-wing, all-metal, retractable tricycle landing gear airplane, with serial number 337-0944. According to type certificate data sheet specifications, the airplane was powered by two 210-horsepower Continental model TSIO-360 reciprocating engines which each respectively drove a controllable-pitch, full feathering, two blade propeller. The airplane had a total fuel capacity of 92.8 gallons (92 gallons usable) distributed between two wing fuel tanks.

According to the prior owner of the airplane, it recently underwent an annual inspection shortly after the sale. He sold the airplane "in the fall" and that was the last time he flew it. The prior owner, in part, reported, "The plane performed perfectly. Total airframe time was about 1800 hrs motors were both about 600 hrs. Excellent flying airplane. Good radios and everything worked properly the last time I flew it."

At 1025, the recorded weather at the East Texas Regional Airport (GGG), near Longview, Texas, was: Wind 220° at 18 knots gusting to 28 knots; visibility 10 statute miles; present weather light thunderstorms and rain; sky condition scattered clouds at 2,600 ft, broken clouds at 3,200 ft, broken clouds at 9,500 ft; temperature 23° C; dew point 19° C; altimeter 29.72 inches of mercury; remarks peak wind 220° 28 knots at 1022, distant lightning west - northeast, rain began at 1025, thunderstorm began at 1025.

The main wreckage, which consisted of the fragmented fuselage, empennage, inboard wings sections, and both engines that were found embedded about 6 to 8 feet below grade in wooded terrain about 62° and 10 nautical miles from GGG. One fuel tank was found fragmented near the main wreckage in the woods and one fuel tank was found in a clearway for an underground pipeline near the main wreckage. Highly fragmented sections of the fuselage, wings, and empennage were found in the woods widely distributed around the main wreckage. All separations in control cables exhibited a broom-straw appearance consistent with overload. All observed skin and structure separations exhibited an appearance consistent with overload.

A backhoe was used to raise the wreckage from below grade. Both engines did not exhibit any anomalies or damage that could not be associated with the ground impact. The rear propeller blades were attached to their hub and that hub remained attached to its propeller flange. However, the flange was separated from its engine crankshaft just forward of its flange. One blade exhibited leading edge nicks and the other blade exhibited S-shaped bending. The front propeller hub remained attached to its engine. However, the hub's blades did not remain attached. One inboard section of a front propeller blade was recovered, and one outboard section of a front propeller blade was recovered. Those sections exhibited separations in overload and chordwise abrasion. The outboard section exhibited s-bending.

A section of outboard wing leading edge that housed landing lights was found about 072° and 1.7 nautical miles from the main wreckage.

The Harrison County Justice of the Peace was asked to perform an autopsy on the pilot and to take toxicological samples.

Radar data from the FAA was requested for plotting the flight's recorded track and a weather study will be conducted to determine the weather along the recorded track.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N922EJ
Model/Series: T337 C
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: KGGG, 373 ft msl
Observation Time: 1025 CST
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 23°C / 19°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 2600 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 18 knots / 28 knots, 220°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 3200 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.72 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Lancaster, TX (LNC)
Destination: New Orleans, LA (NEW)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 3 Fatal
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 4 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 32.461111, -94.539167 (est)

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Kaycee Ann Kendrick and Coty Ray Shrum

Rebecca Marsh Kendrick and William Robert Kendrick

HARRISON COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - DPS has released the names of the four people killed in a small plane crash in Harrison County.

According to Justice of the Peace Nancy George, four people died after the Cessna 337C Super Skymaster crashed south of FM 968 on Waldrons Ferry Road around 6:30 p.m. Saturday. DPS reported the crash occurred about three miles south of Hallsville.

The victims include the pilot of the plane, 51-year-old William Robert Kendrick, of Huffman, and his three passengers, 47-year-old Rebecca Marsh Kendrick, of Huffman, 27-year-old Kaycee Ann Kendrick, of Farmers Branch, and 25-year-old Coty Ray Shrum, of Farmers Branch.

On Monday night, the family of the four who perished released the following statement:

“We would like to express our deepest appreciation and thanks for the kind words and prayers offered in support of the family suffering this great loss. We ask that the media respect our privacy as we move through the grieving process. We refer all inquiries to the appropriate Federal, State and local authorities. They have our full support while they conduct their investigation.“

Lynn Lunsford with the FAA said the Cessna 337C Super Skymaster was traveling from Dallas Love Field to New Orleans. DPS reports the pilot of the plane possibly encountered severe weather, causing the plane to lose altitude and crash in a wooded area on private property.

All four victims were pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Nancy George and transported to Meadowbrook Funeral Home in Marshall.

The FAA said they and the NTSB are still gathering information on the crash. An NTSB spokesperson said an investigator would soon arrive to the crash site, and a preliminary report would be released “in a couple of weeks."

Officials originally believed only one person was aboard the plane when it went down.

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William Robert Kendrick

HALLSVILLE — Bad weather could have been the cause of a weekend plane crash that killed three family members and one of their fellow passengers outside Hallsville, according to Texas Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Sgt. Jean Dark on Monday.

Huffman resident and pilot William Robert Kendrick, 51, and his three passengers — Rebecca Marsh Kendrick, 47, of Huffman, Kaycee Ann Kendrick, 27, of Farmers Branch and Coty Ray Shrum, 25, of Farmers Branch — were all killed about 7:30 p.m. Saturday when the small plane they were flying in reportedly encountered bad weather.

The Cessna 337C Super Skymaster was carrying the group from Dallas to New Orleans when it crashed 3 miles south of Hallsville on private property in Harrison County late Saturday evening, Dark said.

“The Cessna 337C Super Skymaster was traveling from Dallas to New Orleans when the pilot possibly encountered severe weather,” Dark said Monday. “The aircraft lost altitude and crashed in a wooded area on private property.”

National Weather Service Meteorologist Mario Valverde in Shreveport said Monday that the weather about the time of the crash was mostly overcast skies with some light rain about 7 p.m Saturday in Harrison County.

“At that time, visibility was at least 10 miles. There was some light rain, and there were some gusty winds from the south at about 16 mph with gusts about 28 mph,” Valverde said. “There were overcast skies with the ceiling at about 3,700 feet.”

Within about an hour — from 7 to 7:53 p.m. Saturday — Valverde said the ceiling dropped by more than half and the wind gusts picked up speed.

“By 7:53 p.m. Saturday, we still had visibility at 10 miles, and the wind increased to 22 mph with gusts up to 29 mph,” he said. “The skies remained overcast with light rain, and the ceiling lowered to 1,600 ft.”

All four passengers aboard were pronounced dead by Harrison County Justice of the Peace Nancy George and taken to Meadowbrook Funeral Home in Marshall, Dark said.

The crash is under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board.

NTSB Chief of Media Relations Christopher O’Neil said Monday the investigation could take up to two years to complete.

“With regard to probable cause, that is not determined until the end of our investigation,” O’Neil said. “General aviation accidents involving fatalities are taking on average from 12 to 24 months to complete.”

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A couple from Farmers Branch were among four people killed in a plane crash Saturday in East Texas.

Kaycee Ann Kendrick, 27, and her boyfriend, 25-year-old Coty Ray Shrum, died in the crash along with Kendrick's parents, 51-year-old William Robert Kendrick and 47-year-old Rebecca Marsh Kendrick, Texas Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Sgt. Jean Dark said Tuesday.

William Kendrick was piloting the Cessna 337C Super Skymaster, Dark said. The plane had left Dallas and was headed for New Orleans when it crashed outside Hallsville, a small town between Longview and Marshall in Harrison County.

State troopers were called to the scene of the crash around 7:30 p.m. Saturday, where all four people were pronounced dead, Dark said. They were taken to a funeral home in Marshall, she said.

Dark said the pilot may have encountered severe weather before the plane lost altitude and landed in a wooded area. 

The Longview News-Journal reported that between 7 and 8 p.m. Saturday in Harrison County, wind gusts had picked up speed and the cloud ceiling lowered from about 3,700 feet to 1,600 feet. There was also light rain at the time, the paper reported.

Family members of the victims told KLTV-TV in a statement that they were thankful "for the kind words and prayers offered in support of the family suffering this great loss."

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating.

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  1. My boyhood rural home is 12 miles north of this crash site. There are lots of communication towers, native and migratory birds there providing an abundance of low-level hazards.

    Sorry to hear.

  2. It's all very simple...departed and almost immediately flew into a line of thunderstorms. Aviation is terribly unforgiving to pilots that make bad decisions. Sadly, family members pay the ultimate price. Did this pilot even have a multiengine rating? (Center line thrust).


  3. Sure about that?

    KASL 092235Z AUTO 29012G18KT 10SM CLR 25/M01 A2980 RMK AO1 T02461014
    KGGG 092153Z 25011KT 10SM CLR 26/06 A2977 RMK AO2 SLP073 T02610061

  4. Yes I am. Radar showed LKP at crash site just before 17Z. Your timing is WAY OFF.

  5. "KGAS reports deputies with the Harrison County Sheriff's Office responded to the area near Farm-to-Market Road 968 and Farm-to-Market Road 450 on Saturday afternoon following reports of a "loud boom." However, officials were unable to find anything." There you go.


  6. Looks like a news update on the 12th -


  7. Yes, you are right. Nasty fast moving level 5 cell over Hallsville at 1700Z.

    Nice site to get historical radar:

  8. There WAS a line of thunderstorms in the area during that time. The ceilings at the time of the crash had just rapidly deteriorated from 3500' AGL to less than half of that within a matter of minutes. This was all near dusk.

    The pilot may have flown into IMC conditions and not have been able to get out of them. That of course is speculation, but very plausible because of the rapidly changing conditions at the time.

    Also, he was flying from Dallas Love Field to New Orleans. That flight plan should NOT have taken him over the area that he crashed in. He was most likely avoiding conductive weather.

    In any event, prayers to his family.

  9. A viewing of the FAA Airman registry show that the pilot did not have a multiengine rating, an instrument rating, and maybe did not have a current medical.

  10. FAA records show this guy just got his private pilot license just last year and he's flying a complex, twin-engine airplane at night in IMC with pax and thunderstorms in the area! No multi-engine rating & no instrument rating. I wonder if he even got checked out in this plane and what instructor in their right mind signed him off. It seems that some pilots think that just because they can afford to buy a complex airplane, they're good enough to fly them. It's always sad when they take innocent lives with them to their death. I've had my ppl for 3 1/2 years and have 180 hours flying Warriors, Archers & Arrows and just flew a Cessna 172 for the 1st time with my instructor. I was told I need a minimum of 5hrs with my instructor to meet the insurance requirements of the FBO I'm renting it from which is fine with me. I want to feel confident & comfortable flying this new-to-me plane before I take pax with me. People need to understand a pilot license is a "license to learn", and just because you know how to fly doesn't mean you can safely operate ANY aircraft without proper specific instruction. A little common sense and sound judgement would go a long way with a lot of crashes on this site that I read about. Be safe out there and have fun!

  11. If the engines were buried 6-8 ft below ground, that plane hit the ground with a bag of knots on it. RIP to the innocent passengers.

  12. I got chills reading the NTSB preliminary.

  13. Expect a lawsuit by 3/8/2020, because a private pilot, SEL, with "0" time in make and model logged and falsifying flight hours on a medical application could not have possibly done anything wrong.


  14. I'm always puzzled how someone with enough brain cells to afford a plane like this isn't smart enough to make basic aeronautical decisions. Running out of fuel, running into IMC without a instrument rating or proficiency, unable to perform basic emergency procedures and unwilling/unable to delay or cancel flight due weather. I think it's pride and bravado.

  15. Kick the tires, light the fires. Shakin' my head!

  16. The accident happened east of KGGG at approximately 1650Z. Any references to weather around 7 PM local time are totally bogus. That's only when the hunters found the pieces. This clown departed Lancaster eastbound into a solid line of potentially severe thunderstorms between him and the destination. He made so many terrible decisions that it's hard to name them all. Yet another businessman with too much money, and an "I'm going to do what I want to" attitude. The cemeteries are full of them. Unfortunately, he killed innocent people in the process. I guarantee you there were pilots out there that knew what this guy was up to and chose to ignore it. Some of the responsibility for this tragedy lies with you.

  17. Those clinging to the "nothing on the FAA database about a MEL or Ins rating are forgetting the lag that happens with the website. Getting a MEL, Center line Thrust only is a fairly easy rating to obtain.

  18. How do you explain the 1,200 hours of flight time he reported on his most recent medical application? FAA site shows he got his PPL in Aug. 2018 and while it's possible that he since acquired his instrument & center-line thrust rating, it's HIGHLY unlikely. I think this guy simply felt "I know how to fly" and "I don't need no stinkin' ratings or medical" and pointed the plane skyward and full-throttle and sadly killed innocent passengers. Kind of like the student pilot flying the Cirrus with his teenage son and stalling on climb-out and killing them both. I could write a novel with all the stupid thing pilots have done on this site. The "rules" are written in blood for a reason when it comes to piloting an aircraft.

  19. Even if this guy had a MEL CLT rating, there were so many other problems with him that it just really doesn't matter, especially to his dead family members. RIP.

  20. He was from our airport. 9X1 He was new to the field and questions were raised about his flying but not before this tragedy happened. He would start the rear engine first, first red flag. Next red flag is that would keep the gear down.

  21. Standard operation of Skymaster is rear engine start first

  22. The NTSB would have confirmed with the FAA if he had a multi centerline b4 posting the preliminary. Plus I have the issue with a take off from Dallas at approx 10amish and then declaring crash at approx 7pm? Doesnt should right. In fact the audio from the area Sherriff's community briefing, he commented that the plane went off radar at approx 1030 am. So and the weather was good to reasonable at that time. Bad weather passed 1-2 hours prior and didnt come back until that evening. They weren't flying in circles...

  23. FYI on the dates the FAA posts for licenses online.

    They are wrong. I got my license in 1996. When I just changed my address and ordered a new license since my old one was fading, they put my date of issue down as 2018. I most certainly did not get my license then. So that database is flawed.

  24. I believe if you add a rating to your license, that new date will appear as the date you received your license even though it might have been 5 years ago. Still, the database should show if a pilot has an instrument or multi-engine rating unless he just recently obtained them and the paperwork hasn't been processed yet.

  25. one wing 1.7 miles from the rest of the plane?...hmmmm


  26. Airplane pilot vs thunderstorm.

    Thunderstorm wins every time.

    A sad old story retold many times.

  27. If a thunderstorm can kill Scott Crossfield in a C-210 (Nasa test pilot), who am I to think I can take on a thunderstorm and win.

  28. Even a whole roll of duct tape can't fix stupid. Read accident reports from the 1950s to now. They are all the same, all you have to do is change the name. Human factors will always play a major role in accidents.

  29. I'm not ready to let a computer take me out of the loop when it comes to flying or driving. Has to be a way to "override it" just in-case.