Sunday, September 22, 2019

Cessna A185F Skywagon, C-GOZJ: Fatal accident occurred September 21, 2019 at Conroe-North Houston Regional Airport (KCXO), Montgomery County, Texas

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident. 

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Conroe, TX

Accident Number:CEN19FA325 
Date & Time: 09/21/2019, 1825 CDT
Registration: C-GOZJ
Aircraft: Cessna A185
Injuries:2 Fatal 
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On September 21, 2019 about 1825 central daylight time, a Cessna A185F amphibian floatplane, Canadian registered C-GOZJ, was destroyed when it impacted terrain shortly after takeoff from Conroe North Houston Regional Airport (CXO) in Conroe, Texas. The two Canadian licensed, single-engine land, private pilots were fatally injured. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the private flight that was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, and no flight plan had been filed. The airplane was based at CXO and departed at 1824 local.

According to a witness at Galaxy FBO, he was sitting in the office when he saw the single engine airplane with floats taking-off on Runway 14, heading straight ahead. It appeared like a normal climb, with no flaps down. The airplane engine had a backfire sound, like a loud "pop! pop!". He stated it sounded as though the engine was "powering down," after a few seconds, he heard the sound of the engine "powering back up. It sounded like power was being put in to help the aircraft try to climb." About that time, he heard the pilot radio the tower "we have a fuel problem; we are going to return to the airport". He ran outside and took a golf cart to the edge of the arrival canopy. Looking toward the end of runway 32, he saw a glimpse of the airplane's tail straight up, then it disappeared behind the trees, and light layer of smoke followed.

The main wreckage came to rest approximately 220 yards east-southeast of the runway 32 end; in a wet, grassy field. The airplane came to rest at a magnetic heading of 291º at an elevation of 200 ft. The airplane impacted the ground about 45º, nose-down position. The main wreckage included the propellers, engine, wings, fuselage, tail, and float sections. The front of the airplane, from the propeller to the 2 front seats, was embedded in the muddy ground.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna

Registration: C-GOZJ
Model/Series: A185 F
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:

Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation: KCXO, 245 ft msl
Observation Time: 2353 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / 22°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / , 130°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.01 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point:

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 Fatal

Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 30.344722, -95.405278

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email 

Ron Dennison and his wife Alison Arnold

Arnold, Alison Elizabeth and Dennison, Ronald Ralph

Alison and Ron passed away tragically as the result of an accident in Houston, Texas on September 21, 2019. Cherished daughter of Bob and Beverley Arnold and special granddaughter of Una Bennett and beloved son of Ralph and June Dennison. Forever remembered by Alison’s sisters Katie, Kelly, Angie and Ron’s siblings Jeff, Karen, Cathy and Janet. Fondly loved by sons Jamie, Jeremy, Josh and Jeff, a wide circle of family, coworkers, many great friends, and their spoiled dog, Parker.

Alison and Ron embraced life together as a couple whose many hobbies included flying their private airplane, hiking in the mountains, and travelling the world. Their stories will be treasured in our hearts.

In recognition of their passions, memorial contributions may be made to the Canadian Wildlife Federation or to Women in Aviation.

Celebrations of life will be held Friday, October 4, 2019 with tributes beginning at 2:00 pm at the Smiths Falls Golf & Country Club, 125 Golf Club Rd. Smiths Falls, Ontario and on Sunday October 6, 2019 with tributes beginning at 2:00 pm at Greens at Renton 969 Concession 14 Townsend, Simcoe, Ontario. Arrangements are in the care of Blair & Son Funeral Directors, Smiths Falls. Messages of condolence to the families may be sent via

Ron Dennison and his wife Alison Arnold were identified as the two people killed in a small plane crash on September 21st, in Conroe. The couple, originally from Canada, had only resided in The Woodlands for about one year.

The two people who were killed in the September 21 crash of a small plane in Conroe were from Canada and had only recently relocated to The Woodlands.

The reason for the fatal crash is still unknown, although the unknown pilot of the plane reported fuel problems shortly after taking off and before the plane crashed.

Ron Dennison, 61, and his wife Alison Arnold, 41, were identified by authorities as the occupants of the small plane that crashed while taking off. Both were Canadian citizens that had relocated to The Woodlands in the fall of 2018.

Not much is known about the couple, however Jeremy Eikenberry, a media relations advisor with Exxon Mobil Corp., verified that Dennison worked at Exxon’s Springwood Village campus and was an employee of the company.

“We send our deepest condolences to family, friends and colleagues. Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time,” Eikenberry said in an email.

A relative of Arnold who did not want to be identified declined to comment to The Villager, but confirmed the couple had moved to The Woodlands last year. Next of kin of both Dennison and Arnold had traveled to Houston to make arrangements for the couple’s possessions and funeral services, she added.

According to a National Transportation Safety Board aviation incident preliminary report compiled by NTSB Investigator Courtney Liedler, a witness to the incident at Conroe North Houston Regional Airport told investigators he heard a sound like the airplane’s engine powering down before then hearing sounds similar to an engine revving before the pilot radioed to the control tower, “We have a fuel problem; we are going to return to the airport.”

The NTSB report states the witness then went outside and saw the plane disappear behind a treeline followed by a “light layer of smoke.” Both Dennison and Arnold, who were licensed pilots in Canada, were killed in the crash. It is not known which of the two was piloting the aircraft — a Cessna A185 amphibian float plane — because no flight plan had been filed with airport officials.

The incident occurred shortly after 6:25 p.m. Sept. 21 after the plane took off from runway 14. According to the NTSB report, the wreckage of the aircraft was found about 220 yards east-southeast of the runway in a wet, grassy area. The report stated the plane crashed at a 45 degree angle with the nose of the aircraft and the two front seats where the pilot and co-pilot were sitting embedded into the muddy ground.

Ron Dennison and his wife Alison Arnold were identified as the two people killed in a small plane crash on September 21st, in Conroe. The couple, originally from Canada, had only resided in The Woodlands for about one year.

CONROE, Texas - The two victims killed in Saturday's plane crash at the Conroe Regional Airport have now been identified.

The Texas Department of Public Safety identified the pilot as Ronald Dennison, 62, and say the passenger on board was Alison Arnold, 41.

Both were killed when the Cessna A185F Skywagon crashed during takeoff at 6:25 p.m., according to the Texas Department of Public Safety South Texas Region. 

The Federal Aviation Administration has not yet identified the cause of the crash.

Original article can be found here ➤

Two The Woodlands residents were confirmed Sunday as the pilot and passenger killed in a crash in Conroe.

Ronald Dennison, 61, and Alison Arnold, 41, were both killed Saturday around 6:25 p.m. when the plane Dennison was piloting crashed on takeoff, according to Sgt. Erik Burse with the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Police used all-terrain vehicles to secure the crash site until investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration could arrive and begin examining the crash scene.

Local officials could not provide information on the ownership of the Cessna A185F Skywagon that Dennison was piloting. Dennison and Arnold were listed as having the same address in The Woodlands.

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  1. The aircraft is Canadian registered: C-GOZJ
    See, e.g.,

  2. Some reports have misspelled the pilot's surname as "Dennision."
    The correct spelling is "Dennison."

  3. The Canadian Civil Aircraft Register[1] lists the pilot and passenger[2] of the accident flight as the owners of C-GOZJ.

  4. The impossible turn claims 2 more !! possibly


  6. I read that the base to final turn's danger is an inflated risk... most stalls happen on takeoff and most of them are related to an engine failure right on takeoff.
    Speed is low, nose if high and it takes a few seconds for the pilot to realize the situation. By then it might even be too late to attempt the "impossible" turn, another misconception. Because by the time the pilot realizes the engine is out and attempts to lower the nose, they simply can't as the speed has decayed too much for the elevator to be effective.
    Forget about trying to turn.

  7. Maybe we would have fewer of these types of accidents if during initial training and biennial review that pilots were taught about DMMS, Defined Minimum Maneuvering Speed and trained to immediately lower the nose to maintain controlled flight. This should be practice to where it is an automatic reaction to engine failure and other scenarios. There a good youtube video by Flightchops that explains it. I fully belief in it and been training myself to do it everytime I fly.

  8. Probable Cause and Findings
    A partial loss of engine power due to fuel contamination with water, and the pilot’s failure to maintain control of the airplane during an attempted return to the airport shortly after takeoff, which resulted in an aerodynamic stall.
    Postaccident examination of the airplane revealed that the left wing contained about one gallon of fuel and about 6 oz of water. The source of the water could not be determined. No other anomalies were noted with the airframe. Examination and a functional test of the engine did not reveal any anomalies that would have precluded normal operation.