Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Cessna 175 Skylark, N7013M: Accident occurred July 20, 2019 at Kilgore Airport (4TX6), Gregg 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: Kilgore, TX
Accident Number: CEN19LA235
Date & Time: 07/20/2019, 1820 CDT
Registration: N7013M
Aircraft: Cessna 175
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On July 20, 2019, about 6:20 central daylight time, a Cessna 175 airplane, N7013M, impacted terrain shortly after takeoff from Kilgore Airport (4TX6), Kilgore, Texas. The airplane was privately owned and operated. The pilot, the sole occupant, was seriously injured, and the airplane received substantial damage. The airplane was operated under 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local flight.

The airport owner reported he saw the accident airplane taxi to the south end of the grass runway airport and perform a "normal pre-flight run-up." He explained the airplane began a fast taxi, and then he lost sight of the airplane due to the trees along the north third of the runway. He then heard the airplane's engine "accelerate, then slow, then increase again, followed by the sound of an impact." The airport owner got into his vehicle, drove south on the on the runway and observed the airplane, nose down, halfway down the runway, 100 feet east of centerline in a restricted area.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N7013M
Model/Series: 175 Undesignated
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

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Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
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KILGORE, Texas (KLTV) - Kilgore police and fire units are on the scene of a plane crash.

According to a Facebook post from the Kilgore Police Department, the crash happened near the intersection of Airport and Norris Road.

Officials with the Texas Department of Public Safety say the sole occupant of the plane was taken to Good Shepard Medical Center in Longview with non-life threatening injuries.

The Federal Aviation Administration has been made aware of the crash.

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