Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Cessna 305A (L-19A) Bird Dog, N1831: Accident occurred July 21, 2019 near Houston Memorial Airport (M48), Texas County, Missouri

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; St. Louis - St. Ann, Missouri 

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Houston, MO
Accident Number: CEN19LA229
Date & Time: 07/21/2019, 0920 CDT
Registration: N1831
Aircraft: Cessna 305A
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On July 21, 2019, at 0920 central daylight time, a Cessna 305A, N1831, experienced a total loss of engine power during an initial climb from Houston Memorial Airport (M48), Houston, Missouri. The airplane experienced the loss of power during a touch and go landing, and pilot subsequently performed a forced landing to a field, during which the airplane impacted trees and terrain. The airplane sustained substantial damage. The pilot was uninjured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight that was not operating on a flight plan. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at time of the accident. The flight originated from M48 and was to remain in the airport traffic pattern. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N1831
Model/Series: 305A
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Pilot
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: TBN
Observation Time: 0856 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 24 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C / 21°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 290°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.99 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Houston, MS (M48)
Destination: Houston, MS (M48) 

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: 37.333333, -91.966667 (est)

A pilot walked away with a minor cut after his airplane crashed Sunday morning northwest of the Houston Memorial Airport, authorities said. 

At about 10 a.m., the pilot, Joseph C. Everhart of Yukon,  walked up to Westwood Drive in Houston, Mo., to report he was uninjured. He had a minor scratch on the side of his head.  That was after he called a Yukon-area neighbor to report he had crashed, was okay, but didn't know where he was. 

A search was already underway after a resident witnessed the 1951 aircraft go down just outside the city limits.

Everhart said he was flying circles around the city-owned airport when he experienced engine trouble. He told the resident he had flown to the Rolla area before returning in the airplane that is a military replica. First responders on the scene said Everhart told them he had looked for a place to land that would clip the wings and leave the plane in trees without a notable crash.

The aircraft had extensive damage and was in a densely wooded area. The area was cordoned off before the arrival of the Federal Aviation Administration, which will investigate. The FAA said Monday that Everhart had been performing "touch and go" landings at the nearby 3,000 foot-long strip.

On the scene were members of the Houston Fire Department, Houston Police Department, Texas County Sheriff's Department and Missouri State Highway Patrol. An ambulance was called to the area, but was not needed. 

Crash at airport first since 1987

March 1987 — The aircraft crash at the Houston Memorial Airport was the first in 32 years. Two persons were uninjured when their airplane overextended the runway. Among the two occupants was a local resident, Dr. David Dale.

Recent fatal crashes

March 1999 — A Ukrainian woman is fatally injured when an aircraft crashes along U.S. 63 north of Cabool.

June 2015 — Four members of a Utah family are killed in the worst air tragedy to hit Texas County since 1971.

October 2016 — Vernon A. Raber, 78, of Mountain Grove, dies from injuries sustained in a crash on Clinton Drive.

March 2019 — A Springfield man, Robert F. Torp, 64, dies in a crash near Summersville.

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