Friday, June 14, 2019

ERCO Ercoupe 415-C, N87294: Accident occurred June 13, 2019 near Holly Lake Ranch Airport (16TE), Hawkins, Wood County, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; North Texas

Crashed under unknown circumstances in a field.

https://registry.faa.gov/N87294

Date: 13-JUN-19
Time: 15:50:00Z
Regis#: N87294
Aircraft Make: ERCOUP
Aircraft Model: 415-C
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: SERIOUS
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91
City: HAWKINS
State: TEXAS



WOOD COUNTY, Texas (KLTV) - A pilot and passenger are hospitalized Thursday night, after a plane crash near an East Texas airfield.

First responders say the ERCO Ercoupe 415-C plane went down just before 9 a.m. on FM 2869, between Hawkins and Holly Lake Ranch.

First responders were only a mile away when they got the call that a small aircraft had crashed on an open field.

Nearby neighbor Ray Peterson arrived shortly after the crash.

“I saw somebody in the cockpit; you could see them moving around like they were checking or turning off the electronics,” he says.

The pilot and passenger were still inside the plane, which was tipped up on its nose.

“It was kind of pitched up. Kind of in line with the airport runway here. They hadn’t gone over and tried to extract them yet,” Peterson says.

A perimeter was set up for safety due to a fuel leak.

“We had to ensure there was no fire; in this case fuel was leaking so we had to take care of that. There’s still fuel leaking and that’s why we’re here,” said assistant chief Bill Bollinger of the Holly Lake Volunteer Fire Department.

Investigators say the aircraft was on final approach to the airstrip, less than 200 yards away.

Emergency crews had to cut the pilot and passenger out of the plane.

"We used the jaws of life to extract two people from the plane. Both sent to the hospital," Bollinger says.

It’s not known whether the crash was due to mechanical issues or pilot error.

The extent of the pilots and passengers injuries were not released.

The Federal Aviation Administration reports the plane crashed under unknown circumstances and they, along with National Transportation Safety Board, will be investigating the crash.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.ksla.com


The Federal Aviation Administration was investigating the crash of a ERCO Ercoupe 415-C plane in a field behind the Holly Lake Car Care car wash in Wood County on Thursday.

The Texas Department of Public Safety said two people, a pilot and a passenger, were injured when an Ercoupe 415-C that is registered to Willie Herman Vawter, 88, of Hawkins, went down near the 2400 block of Farm-to-Market Road 2869.

The pilot reportedly was on final approach to the Holly Lake Ranch Airport, according to Holly Lake Ranch Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Chief Bill Bollinger. Emergency personnel responded to the crash of the ERCO Ercoupe 415-C at 8:55 a.m.

First responders used the Jaws of Life to remove the occupants before they were taken to a local hospital by ambulance. The extent of injuries the pair sustained is unknown at this time.

Officials from the Federal Aviation Administration arrived at the crash site about 3:30 p.m. and took over the investigation.

Department of Public Safety said no structures were damaged.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://tylerpaper.com






WOOD COUNTY, Texas — Two people were injured following a Thursday morning plane crash in the Holly Lake area of Wood County. 

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the ERCO Ercoupe 415-C plane went down near 2426 Farm-to-Market Road 2869, behind Holly Lake Car Care. The crash site is directly across from the Holly Lake Ranch Airport, a private airpark in the area.

Holly Lake Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Chief Bill Bollinger says his department was called to the scene of the crash around 8:55 a.m. The plane was making its final approach to the Holly Lake Ranch Airport, which was the home base for the aircraft, when it went down, according to Assistant Chief Bollinger. 

Officials discovered two people, the pilot and a passenger, in the plane. First responders were able to use the "jaws of life" to remove the occupants before they were taken to a local hospital. The extent of injuries the pair sustained is unknown at this time.

Officials tell CBS19 the plane is leaking fuel and a perimeter has been set up in case a fire starts.

The ERCO Ercoupe 415-C is registered to Willie Herman Vawter, 88, of Hawkins, according to Federal Aviation Administration records.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will lead the investigation into the crash. The FAA arrived at the scene Thursday afternoon.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.cbs19.tv

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