Monday, April 22, 2019

Rans S-7 Courier, registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight, N25TX: Fatal accident occurred April 21, 2019 at Shirley Williams Airport (44TE), Kingsland, Llano County, Texas

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

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

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Kingsland, TX
Accident Number: CEN19FA122
Date & Time: 04/21/2019, 1443 CDT
Registration: N25TX
Aircraft: Rans S7
Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On April 21, 2019, at 1443 central daylight time, a Rans S-7S airplane, N25TX, impacted the ground after takeoff from Shirley Williams Airport (44TE), Kingsland, Texas. The pilot and pilot-rated-passenger were fatally injured and the airplane was destroyed by a postimpact fire. 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 was filed. The local flight was departing at the time of the accident.

A witness reported that the pilot had just completed a few touch-and-go landings at 44TE before he landed and the passenger boarded the airplane. He saw the airplane taxi back to the runway then shortly after heard it impact the ground.

The airplane departed on runway 16 and impacted the ground near the south end of the runway (figure 1).

Figure 1 – Aerial image of the accident site

An examination of the accident site revealed a small initial impact point in the ground about 20 ft south of the main wreckage. The impact point was defined by a divot in the ground which contained a broken red lens, the pitot tube, and a piece of left wing tip. Another impact area was about 6 ft south of the main wreckage, which was about 3 ft in diameter and about 4 inches deep. The small crater contained white paint chips, plexiglass, a propeller blade, and the engine oil filter. Another small divot was observed under the outboard leading edge of the right wing. The three impact areas were in a relatively straight line in a north-south orientation. The airplane came to rest upright facing southwest.

The wreckage was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Rans
Registration: N25TX
Model/Series: S7 S
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: KDZB, 1093 ft msl
Observation Time:
Distance from Accident Site: 9 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point:
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 15 knots / 25 knots, 180°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting:
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Kingsland, TX (44TE)
Destination: Kingsland, TX (44TE)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: On-Ground
Total Injuries: 2 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 30.678333, -98.417500

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — The two men killed in a Kingsland plane crash Sunday afternoon have been identified, according to a press release from Texas Highway Patrol. 

The crash happened just before 2:45 p.m. Sunday at the Williams Lakeshore Airstrip at Shirley Williams Airport, just north of Legends Golf Course. 

Kingsland residents, 69-year-old Williams Lee Glenn and John Timothy Sharpe were the only occupants of the Experimental Rans S-7 Courier when it crashed and burned. Both Glenn and Sharpe died at the scene. 

The single-engine propeller aircraft took off from the River Valley Ranch airstrip in Kingsland before it crashed for unknown reasons. 

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash. 

Less than 24 hours later, another plane crashed in Kerrville, killing all six occupants. Investigations are ongoing in that crash as well. 

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LLANO COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Two people are dead in a Kingsland plane crash on Sunday afternoon, the Texas Department of Public Safety said. 

The Kingsland Volunteer Fire Department said it happened at Williams Lakeshore Airstrip at Shirley Williams Airport, which is just north of Legends Golf Course. DPS was notified at 2:43 p.m.

"You could see the plane... you could see it elevated up off the ground especially with the wind as strong as it was," said a witness who didn't want his name used "All of a sudden it was like a big thump... and then within a minute I saw a big black plum of smoke go up so I knew that he had gone down."

The Experimental Rans S-7 Courier caught fire upon crashing, but the cause of the crash is still unknown, according to The Federal Aviation Administration.

The NTSB likely have an investigator in the area either later on Sunday or on Monday. 

A witness says the same plane was up earlier in the day, "He would get up real high and do a flip he did that a couple times and then he was flying down really low across the houses and stuff and it concerned me."

The FAA says depending on the type of plane there could be restrictions when it comes to operating small planes on a windy day.

The names of the people onboard have not been released yet. 

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