Saturday, June 01, 2019

Landing Area Overshoot: Cirrus SR20, N902ES; accident occurred May 31, 2019 near Bulverde Airpark (1T8), Texas

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

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: San Antonio, TX
Accident Number: GAA19CA299
Date & Time: 05/31/2019, 1432 CDT
Registration: N902ES
Aircraft: Cirrus SR20
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Landing area overshoot
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot reported that, during the approach, the airspeed was about 80 knots, but he was slightly high. The pilot stated that the airplane floated down the runway further than normal before it touched down, and when he determined that he would not have enough runway to stop, he aborted the landing. The airplane did not climb as he expected, and subsequently impacted trees. The pilot added that he believed that the reason for the lack of climb was due to his failure to retract the flaps to 50%.

A witness reported that the airplane landed further down the runway than normal, departed the runway, and began the takeoff from the grass alongside the runway.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 51, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 04/19/2019
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 09/27/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 116.7 hours (Total, all aircraft), 12.7 hours (Total, this make and model), 59.1 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 12.2 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 3.3 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cirrus
Registration: N902ES
Model/Series: SR20 No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2002
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 1253
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 03/21/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 3000 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 992.4 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer:Continental 
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-360-ES16B
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 200 hp
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: , 789 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 13 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1430 CDT
Direction from Accident Site: 262°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 8 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 6°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting:
Temperature/Dew Point: 32°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: San Antonio, TX (1T8)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: San Antonio, TX (1T8)
Type of Clearance:None 
Departure Time: 1400 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Bulverde Airpark (1T8)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 1080 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 16
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 2890 ft / 40 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Go Around

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 29.743889, -98.453056 (est)

SAN ANTONIO - A 60-year-old pilot was able to walk away with just a scratch after the small plane he was flying crashed into a tree line near a wedding venue in Bulverde. 

Johnny Garcia, a spokesman for the Bexar County Sheriff's Office, said a wedding was being conducted at The 1850 Settlement venue when the plane crashed around 2:30 p.m. Friday. 

Garcia said it appears the aircraft did not have enough airspeed at takeoff and ultimately ran out of runaway at the Bulverde Airpark, which is only hundreds of yards away from the wedding venue.

"(The man) must have God watching over him," Garcia said, adding that similar plane crashes in the past have resulted in deaths.

Garcia said the plane is being kept upright by the trees and the man was able to get out on his own, unharmed and uninjured.

"That plane crashed into the correct location because any other way, (the plane) would have fell over and (the crash) would have resulted in a fatality," Garcia said. 

Images of the crash site show the plane within the trees on an embankment near a creek.

The Federal Aviation Administration is now taking over the investigation, Garcia said. 

Original article can be found here ➤

A single-engine plane crash-landed Friday afternoon just after taking off from an airport in Bulverde.

The pilot, a 60-year-old man, told investigators that he was taking off from Bulverde Airpark when he ran out of runway and wasn’t able to gain enough airspeed to fully lift off, according to the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office.

The plane landed in a wooded area at about 2:30 p.m. at Cibolo Creek around a wedding reception spot called The Settlement, 29360 Bulverde Road, authorities said.

Initially, the pilot was not able to get out of the plane because it was trapped in the trees.

He eventually made his way out and was unharmed save for a scratch on his hand, deputies said.

The Cirrus SR20 is registered to William F. Pugh Jr., according to the Federal Aviation Administration registry.

The Federal Aviation Administration is now investigating the crash.

Original article can be found here ➤

BULVERDE Texas —   According to the Bexar County Sheriff's Office, at approximately 2:30 pm, a single-engine plane crashed in North Bexar County near Bulverde Airpark.

"It appears the the pilot was trying to take off, ran out of runway and crashed into some trees in the Cibolo Creek area. He landed in an area heavily brushed," said Johnny Garcia from BCSO.

60-year-old pilot William Pugh was the only person on board the plane at the time of the crash. He walked away uninjured except a small scratch on his hand.

"The plane crash happened near an embankment on the Cibolo creek. It could have been deadly if not for his crash location," said Johnny Garcia, BCSO.

“This guy was able to walk away. Our experience is this usually ends in fatality. He was lucky.”

There was some fuel leaking shortly after the plane crash.

The Federal Aviation Administration will be handling the investigation.

Original article can be found here ➤

BULVERDE, Texas — No one was killed after a small plane crashed near the Bulverde Airpark Friday afternoon, a spokesperson from the Bexar County Sheriff's Office said.

The crash happened before 2:30 p.m. and no one else was aboard the plane other than the pilot. A spokesperson from BCSO confirmed there was a crash landing near the airfield that serves small planes and aircraft.

Story and video ➤


  1. Wonder if the pilot ever heard of a pre TO checklist or the words "abort point". Silly accident, glad everyone is ok.


  2. The story reads like he crashed a wedding. How rude!

  3. ^ Yep, they are dropping like flies.