Saturday, June 01, 2019

Cirrus SR20, N902ES: Accident occurred May 31, 2019 near Bulverde Airpark (1T8), Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Antonio, Texas

NTSB Identification: GAA19CA299
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, May 31, 2019 in San Antonio, TX
Aircraft: Cirrus SR20, registration: N902ES

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Aircraft crashed into trees on approach to airport.

Date: 31-MAY-19
Time: 19:33:00Z
Regis#: N902ES
Aircraft Make: CIRRUS
Aircraft Model: SR20
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Operation: 91
State: TEXAS

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.