Thursday, October 10, 2019

Loss of Engine Power (Total): Beechcraft A23-B19 Sport 150, N2177W; accident occurred October 09, 2019 at Fayette County Airport (KFYE), Somerville, Tennessee

View of fire damage to the airplane.
Federal Aviation Administration

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Memphis, Tennessee

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Somerville, TN
Accident Number: GAA20CA042
Date & Time: 10/09/2019, 1530 CDT
Registration: N2177W
Aircraft: Beech 19
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of engine power (total)
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

According to FAA Aviation Safety Inspectors, the pilot reported that he initiated a soft-field takeoff, with the intent of flying out of the field after making a forced landing. During the takeoff roll, the airplane collided with an embankment and the airplane momentarily ascended before landing hard. The nose landing gear separated from the airplane, "causing a rupture in the fuel tanks."

The airplane came to rest upright, but a fire erupted, "under the right wing" according to pilot.

The airplane was consumed by fire and sustained substantial damage. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 74, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: None With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 09/02/2003
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 600 hours (Total, all aircraft), 5 hours (Total, this make and model), 600 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N2177W
Model/Series: 19 B19
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1974
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: MB-694
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 08/30/2019, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2150 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: Installed
Engine Model/Series: O-320-E3D
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 3203 hp
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: KM08, 499 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 17 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2035 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 86°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 6 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 160°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 29.98 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C / 13°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Somerville, TN (FYE)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Fulton, KY (1M7)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1525 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Fayette County (FYE)
Runway Surface Type: N/A
Airport Elevation: 435 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: None

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 35.196667, -89.396389 (est)

FAYETTE COUNTY, Tennessee — A 74-year-old pilot survived a close brush with death after his plane crashed and burst into flames in a field shortly after taking off from the Fayette County Airport Wednesday afternoon.

The Fayette County Sheriff's Office said the pilot, Floyd Yarbro of Kenton, Tennessee, escaped the wreckage without any serious injuries and was taken to a Memphis hospital to be checked out.

They said he had just left the airport around 3:30 p.m. when he experienced some type of engine trouble and tried to circle back.

"It looked like he was having trouble getting up. It looked like he was coming down and then going up," said witness Johny Vanlandingham.

About a football field distance from the airport, the pilot attempted a rough landing in a field, but the sheriff's office said his front landing gear snapped off as he did so.

“I saw his back wheels hit and when it did, it threw his nose forward," said Vanlandingham.

The pilot had just enough time to get out of the plane before it burst into flames, Vanlandingham said. Within minutes, he said the plane was fully engulfed.

"He was fine, he was just scared as anybody would be, Vanlandingham said of the pilot.

"To hear that he got out alive that’s a blessing with all the smoke that was coming and the flames. That’s wonderful, I’m glad to hear that," said Iris Jackson, who lives nearby.

The plane is a Beechcraft A23-B19 Sport 150, according to federal aviation records. It was manufactured in 1974, but it's still unclear why the engine failed.

“We don’t know what the cause will be at this point. The FAA and the NTSB have been called. It will be tomorrow before they’ll be able to come out and begin their investigation," said Ray Garcia with the Fayette County Sheriff's Office.

The plane is registered to an Arkansas clinic, but it's unclear what connection the pilot has to that.

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