Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Champion 8KCAB, N68557: Accident occurred May 25, 2019 in Fredericksburg, Gillespie County, Texas

The National Transportation Safety Board not travel 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: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


Location: Fredericksburg, TX
Accident Number: CEN19LA153
Date & Time: 05/25/2019, 1346 CDT
Registration: N68557
Aircraft: Champion 8KCAB
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On May 25, 2019, about 1346 central daylight time, a Champion 8KCAB airplane, N68557, was substantially damaged during a forced landing to a cornfield near Fredericksburg, Texas. The pilot and passenger sustained minor injuries. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and it is unknown if a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) flight plan had been filed for the flight.

According to the pilot, the annual inspection had just been completed on the airplane. The pilot flew the airplane on the morning of the accident, following the completion of the maintenance, and stated that there were no issues or anomalies with the airplane during that flight.

The pilot reported that during cruise flight, on the second flight of the day, the engine started running rough and lost power. The pilot diverted to a nearby airfield but landed short of the intended runway in a cornfield. During the forced landing the airplane collided with tree stumps and nosed over. The wing and empennage were substantially damaged. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Champion
Registration: N68557
Model/Series: 8KCAB No Series
Aircraft Category:Airplane 
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

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Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substanstial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor 
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1 comment:

  1. This is what Mike Busch refers to as a Maintenance-Induced Failure. I'd really like to know what the outcome of this investigation yields, because it seems likely the A&P has some responsibility here. As a general rule, I fly the first 10 hours after annual solo in case of issues like this.