Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Cessna 150E, N150CR: Accident occurred August 15, 2019 in Rio Grande City, Starr 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; San Antonio, Texas

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


Location: Rio Grande City, TX
Accident Number: CEN19LA275
Date & Time: 08/15/2019, 1700 CDT
Registration: N150CR
Aircraft: Cessna 150
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On August 15, 2019, about 1700 central daylight time, a Cessna 150E airplane, N150CR, impacted rough terrain and nosed over during a forced landing following a loss of engine power near Rio Grande City, Texas. The private pilot, who was the sole occupant, was uninjured. The airplane sustained substantial empennage and aft fuselage damage. The airplane was registered to an individual and operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed in the area about the time of the accident, and the flight was not operated on a flight plan. The flight originated from the Mid Valley Airport, near Weslaco, Texas, about 1635 and was destined for a private airstrip, near Roma, Texas.

According to initial information, the pilot was relocating the airplane to the owner's ranch. The flight was uneventful until about 20 minutes into the flight. The oil temperature gauge indicated a red line reading. The pilot reduced engine power and applied full rich mixture. He lowered the airplane pitch. The airplane was midway between the destination and the nearest airport. The pilot elected to continue to the destination. The engine started to run rough and then lost all power. The terrain was hilly and covered with trees. The pilot landed the airplane on an open area where it impacted a rock pile and subsequently nosed over.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N150CR
Model/Series: 150 E
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
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: KMFE, 100 ft msl
Observation Time: 1653 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 33 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 40°C / 17°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / , 120°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.86 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Weslaco, TX (TXW)
Destination: Roma, TX 

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: 26.380556, -98.816944 (est)

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