Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Cessna R172K Hawk XP, N2583V: Fatal accident occurred May 28, 2019 in Mertzon, Irion County, Texas

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

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

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Mertzon, TX
Accident Number: CEN19FA155
Date & Time: 05/28/2019, CDT
Registration: N2583V
Aircraft: Cessna R172
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On May 28, 2019 about 0550 central daylight time (CDT), a Cessna R172K, N2583V, was destroyed when it impacted hilly terrain in Mertzon, Texas. The private pilot was fatally injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the personal flight that was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, and no flight plan had been filed. The flight originated at Gaines County Airport (GNC), Seminole, Texas approximately 0453, and intended to land in Sealy, TX. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N2583V
Model/Series: R172 K
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Banman Henry K
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

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Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire:None 
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
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