Friday, May 31, 2019

Maintenance Test Flight: Lancair LC41-550FG, N2514F; accident occurred May 30, 2019 near Cleburne Regional Airport (KCPT), Johnson County, Texas

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

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

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Cleburne, TX
Accident Number: CEN19LA159
Date & Time: 05/30/2019, 1000 CDT
Registration: N2514F
Aircraft: Lancair LC41
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Flight Test 

On May 30, 2019, about 1000 central daylight time, a Lancair LC41, airplane, N2514F, conducted a forced landing near the Cleburne Regional Airport (CPT), Cleburne, Texas. The pilot was not injured, and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to and operated by Van Bortel Aircraft, Inc under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a maintenance test flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local flight at the time.

The initial reports indicate that the engine's No. 5 cylinder was replaced before the flight. During the flight, the pilot noticed an oil pressure warning light illuminate, followed by a low oil temperature warning. The pilot attempted to divert to CPT; however, the engine lost power and he conducted a forced landing. During the landing, the airplane collided with trees and came to rest upright, in a small pond about one mile from CPT.

Inspection of the airplane revealed substantial damage to the wings, and water submersion to the airplane.

The airplane was recovered to a secure facility for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Lancair
Registration: N2514F
Model/Series: LC41 550FG
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Van Bortel Aircraft, Inc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light:
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Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Arlington, TX (GKY)
Destination: Arlington, TX (GKY) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 32.390278, -97.433611 (est)

A pilot walked away without any serious injury after an emergency landing north of Cleburne on Thursday.

The pilot took off from Arlington Municipal Airport in a Lancair LC41-550FG but detected an oil pressure problem once he was airborne, according to authorities.

The pilot declared mayday due to the loss of oil pressure and a loss of engine power and attempted a landing at Cleburne Regional Airport, a statement from the Federal Aviation Administration said.

After seeing the plane was not going to be able to make it to the airport, the pilot attempted to make a landing in a field near East Industrial Boulevard and U.S. 174, according to authorities.

The aircraft hit some trees during the emergency landing attempt and came to rest in a small stock pond about four miles northeast of Cleburne Airport, the statement said.

The pilot was unhurt, according to the Johnson County office of emergency management.

Original article can be found here ➤

A pilot managed to exit safely and avoid injury after his Lancair LC41-550FG crash landed.

The accident occurred shortly after 11 a.m. today in a small pond in a wooded area about a quarter of a mile off County Road 701 in Cleburne.

Initial radio reports indicated that the plane was in the water right side up with the pilot standing on the wing. No other passengers were in the plane.

Cleburne police and firefighters responded to the scene, as did troopers from the Texas Department of Public Safety. Rescue workers initially experienced difficulty finding the site.

One rescue worker on scene commented that it’s fortunate that the plane landed the way it did and avoided nearby trees and power lines.

The pilot declined to give his name and said he did not wish to discuss the accident until he spoke with FAA representatives. The pilot, who said he was fine, said he used a flotation seat to get to shore because he feared there may be snakes in the water.

One officer on scene said the partially submerged plane will be floated up then pulled from the pond after which the wings will be removed and the plane transported.

Officers on scene said the cause of the accident remains under investigation.

Original article ➤

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