Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Piper PA-24-250 Comanche, N6678P: Fatal accident occurred December 01, 2019 near San Antonio International Airport (KSAT), Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Antonio

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances in a neighborhood.

RTW Capital LLC


Date: 02-DEC-19
Time: 00:23:00Z
Regis#: N6678P
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA24
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Operation: 91
State: TEXAS

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

SPRING, Texas (KTRK) -- Friends of the Spring woman killed in Sunday's plane crash in San Antonio are mourning the loss of the beloved pilot and remember her as being her happiest when she was flying.

Dan Jones was a longtime friend of 71-year-old Maureen Garrow. He administered her tests when she became certified as a private pilot and when she became an instructor.

"I always got good reports from the people that flew with her, how much they enjoyed her and enjoyed her demeanor, because not all flight instructors are as calm and reserved as she is," Jones said.

Garrow, 71, was killed along with two other people when their plane went down on the Northside of San Antonio.

Robert Womble, 38, and Eric Naranjo, 22, were also killed.

The airplane reported engine issues before the pilot attempted to land at San Antonio International Airport.

According to friends, Garrow didn't discover her love for flying until later in life.

"I think she was able to blossom in her later years as a person who was fulfilling her dreams," Jones said.

Jones said when Garrow came to him for her tests, he could tell she had worked hard to prepare and was excited to showcase what she knew. Beyond the cockpit, the two became friends.

When he heard that there was a possibility that Garrow might have been one of the victims in the crash, he was in denial.

Jones sent a text message to his friend Monday, about 24 hours after the crash, asking if she was okay.

"I was hoping it wouldn't be her, but as it turned out it was," Jones said.

Garrow's funeral is set for December 17th at 2:00 p.m. at the Klein Funeral Homes & Memorial in Spring.

Story and video ➤ https://abc13.com

Robert Tyson Womble
April 14th, 1981 - December 1st, 2019

Robert Tyson "Ty" Womble passed away Sunday, December 1st, at the age of 38.

Ty is survived by his wife, UnMi Womble; children Collier and Stetten Womble; parents, Bob and Lynne Womble of Oklahoma City OK; siblings Jenny Womble, Ethan Womble and Luke Womble.

A memorial service for Ty Womble will be held 2:00 p.m., Sunday, December 8th, in the chapel of Fredericksburg Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Samaritan's Purse, Salvation Army, or the charity of one’s choice.

You are invited to sign the online guest book at https://www.fredericksburg-funerals.com

Eric Naranjo
March 3rd, 1997 – December 1st, 2019

Eric Taylor Naranjo, 22, of Sugar Land, passed away December 1st, 2019. He was born March 3rd, 1997, in Houston, to Severo Naranjo, Jr and Kim Molke.

Eric was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Severo and Stella Salazar Naranjo; and maternal grandfather, David Molke.

He is survived by his parents; brothers, David Edward Naranjo and Jacob Naranjo; maternal grandmother, Mary Molke; maternal great-grandmother, Helen Gilster; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and other loving family and friends.

Visitation will be 5:00 – 8:00pm with a Rosary at 7:00pm, Thursday, December 5, 2019, at Finch Funeral Chapel – Yorktown. On Friday, December 6, 2019, the family will gather at Finch Funeral Chapel at 9:00am prior to leaving in procession to San Luis Catholic Church. The Funeral Mass will be at 10:00am with Father Roger Hawes officiating. Burial will follow at San Luis Catholic Cemetery.

You are invited to sign the online guest book at www.finchfuneralchapels.com.

Maureen McFarren Garrow 

HOUSTON – Days after a small plane crash killed three people near San Antonio, KPRC 2 learned more about the third victim — 71-year-old Maureen Garrow of Spring, Texas. Garrow was an avid private pilot and flight instructor whose passion was to teach, according to her loved ones.

On Sunday, Garrow was with 38-year-old Austin businessman Robert Tyson Womble, believed to be in the pilot’s seat, and his company intern, 22-year-old Eric Naranjo, when the plane went down in San Antonio.

On the day of the accident, Maureen’s husband Ronald told KPRC 2 his wife left for Hooks Memorial Airport to lead a training. Officials said the plane was on its way to Boerne from Hooks but made a brief stop in Sugar Land Regional Airport before attempting an unsuccessful emergency stop at the San Antonio International Airport.

Ronald, 75, said his wife of 48 years, Maureen, had the true heart of a teacher and loved to fly.

She was a two-time accredited National Aviation Flight Instructors Master Flight Instructor who Ronald said was on a mission to groom students to become top professional pilots. She was a treasured member of the “tight-knit” local flight community he said. The Spring resident earned her colleagues’ respect as a tenacious private pilot and independent flight instructor.

Ronald said he was also a cherished mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Story and video ➤ https://www.click2houston.com

SAN ANTONIO – The Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the third victim of a deadly plane crash that occurred Sunday in San Antonio.

On Wednesday, the 71-year-old woman who died in the crash was identified as Maureen McFarren Garrow, who died of multiple blunt force injuries. The other victims were previously identified as 38-year-old Robert Tyson Womble and 22-year-old Eric Naranjo, a UTSA student.

Garrow is a commercial pilot and a flight instructor, according to Federal Aviation Administration records.

The flight took off Sunday from Sugar Land and headed toward Boerne, Fire Chief Charles Hood previously said.

The pilot, who is believed to be Womble, activated an alert and notified San Antonio International Airport traffic controllers that he had an engine failure.

“Engine failure, I need to land at international (airport),” the pilot said.

The air traffic controller asks him which runway he can land at, and the man tells him, “we can circle around for runway 4.” That runway is on the southwest corner of the airport.

Shortly after that, the air traffic controller loses contact with the pilot.

According to the flight path provided by FlightAware, the plane reached the airport, but looped around before landing. It would fall short of the runway, crashing into a street. The flight log shows the plane nose-diving at more than 1,800 feet per minute.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash and plans to release a preliminary report in the coming days.



SAN ANTONIO — The Bexar County Medical Examiner's Office has identified 38-year-old Robert Tyson Womble as one of the victims of the small plane crash that killed three people near the San Antonio airport on Sunday evening. 

Property tax records show Womble owned a home in Central East Austin near Berkman Drive and Highway 290.  

The medical examiner has not released the identity of the other two victims but friends said 22-year-old Eric Naranjo, a University of Texas - San Antonio student from Sugar Land, died in the plane crash as well.

A 71-year-old woman is the third victim.

According to the airport's public information officer and the Federal Aviation Administration, that plane was registered in Austin. It was registered to an LLC, RTW Capital with an address in Austin. A state database showed that LLC is associated with a boutique investment firm, Aktivum Capital Group.

The single-engine aircraft carrying three people on board was flying from Sugar Land headed to Boerne before it crashed just before 6:30 p.m. after an in-flight emergency, according to the San Antonio spokesperson.

The plane took off from Sugar Land and was headed to Boerne, Texas, when the pilot noticed some kind of engine problem. The pilot then reportedly declared an emergency, indicating that there was a mechanical or engine issue.

In radio traffic communication, we can hear the pilot tell the tower they need to make an emergency landing at the San Antonio airport.

Pilot: "7 8 Papa, we've got an emergency."

Tower: "7 8 Papa, what is the nature of your emergency?"    

Pilot: "Engine failure. We need to land at International."

Tower: "Which runway would you like?"

Pilot: "We can circle around for Runway 4."

But the pilot never made it to Runway 4. The plane crashed about a quarter to half a mile away.

NTSB investigators will be looking into what caused the crash, but won't be on-scene until Tuesday, December 3rd. 

A preliminary report is expected in about 10 days. A cause of the crash could come in 12 to 24 months.

Story and video ➤ https://www.kvue.com

As a tow truck lifted pieces of a Piper PA-24-250 Comanche onto a flatbed trailer early Tuesday, a federal investigator said its deadly and rapid descent near San Antonio International Airport will be examined — as dozens of similar crashes are every year.

“We look at the pilot, the machine and the environment,” National Transportation Safety Board investigator Jason Aguilera said early Tuesday in the 600 block of West Rhapsody Drive, where the plane crashed Sunday evening in clear, calm weather.

Read more here ➤ https://www.expressnews.com

 Surveillance video from D & S Garage and Diesel Service.


Anonymous said...

According to the track log in flightaware, the pilot had runway 13R made with ample altitude before turning back north. Maybe he was thinking runway 4 due to the winds, but runway 13R is 8,500 feet long so there was plenty of room to float if needed. And even then, a circle to land runway 4 would not involve a turn to the north. We may never know what he was thinking but it sure seems like this emergency was survivable basis the preliminary information.

Anonymous said...

Maybe he was high and trying to circle to lose altitude?

Aaron C said...

There's a short video posted by the news which showed the impact. Looked like a nose-low pitch, something you'd see in a stall/spin. It'll be interesting to read the final report.

Chillywind said...

That plane flew 4 times that day and the paths are all over the place, Was it a rental? On previous days flights it went into an airport north west of SAT. The flight path on the final flight starts aimed pretty much towards that airport then, about 20 miles before the crash changed course to SAT. If you add up the flights from that day and didn't refuel, I think you would be out. Looking at that damage with no fire, my mind leads in that direction. He seemed calm for an engine out, such a shame he asked what runway all the other planes are using and chose that one over the strait in. I would of said the first one I can make!

Anonymous said...

The video makes it clear this was a stall spin accident.

When the pilot turned apparently lined up with 13R he was something like 2900', 2000 above the runway and may have made a spiral in an attempt to lose altitude, and didn't maintain airspeed through the turn. Or the spiral was entirely the result of a spin entry possibly from a steep turn to line up on the runway, too slow, and maybe some left rudder to cheat while lining up--"low rudder kills".

It is a good reason they require power-off descending turns for the commercial check ride.

Anonymous said...

Power off your stall speed increases. Increase the bank and stall speed increases (accelerated stall). Step on the low rudder and you make the already-low wing more likely to stall with the result being the aircraft quickly goes noes down and possibly inverted during the spin onset.

Anonymous said...

^^Read the book "Surviving Hell" by the former US House Rep. from South Dakota Leo Thorsness. He was a USAF F-105 Wild Weasel pilot who got shot down in Vietnam and became a POW. He described exactly that happening to him while training in a T-6: he tried to over rudder an overshoot to line back up and yep, that set him up for a snap roll. Instead of trying to right it up, he just held rudder all the way through the roll and rolled out wings level less than 100 feet from the trees. He said pilot instinct or luck saved his life that day as a humble man. Of course it was pilot instinct. People are simply born with better piloting skills than others. It's no different than people who play sports or drive race cars for a living: only the naturals make it to the top. Or in this case, out alive.

Anonymous said...

My bad, he was a former US House Rep. **candidate** from South Dakota (and lost to Tom Daschle by 139 votes).

gretnabear said...

ditto the above.
At 29.5435 -98.4907 and 2,600 ft, the PIC is just beyond the threshold of 13R, appears to attempt a 360 to the left and stalls short.

Sun 19:21:43 29.5855 -98.4218 ← 265° 146 168 4,350 -91 Descending FlightAware ADS-B (KBAZ)
Sun 19:22:00 29.5845 -98.4359 ← 266° 152 175 4,275 -136 Descending FlightAware ADS-B (KSAT)
Sun 19:22:16 29.5834 -98.4495 ← 264° 151 174 4,275 47 Climbing FlightAware ADS-B (KSAT)
Sun 19:22:32 29.5817 -98.4616 ← 259° 149 171 4,300 -188 Descending FlightAware ADS-B (KBAZ)
Sun 19:22:48 29.5794 -98.4723 ← 254° 117 135 4,175 -656 Descending FlightAware ADS-B (KRND)
Sun 19:23:04 29.5769 -98.4804 ↙ 238° 107 123 3,950 -1,045 Descending FlightAware ADS-B (KBAZ)
Sun 19:23:21 29.5697 -98.4865 ↙ 203° 112 129 3,600 -1,136 Descending FlightAware ADS-B (KRND)
Sun 19:23:37 29.5623 -98.4897 ↓ 200° 107 123 3,325 -891 Descending FlightAware ADS-B (KSAT)
Sun 19:23:53 29.5548 -98.4928 ↙ 202° 98 113 3,125 -703 Descending FlightAware ADS-B (KSAT)
Sun 19:24:09 29.5485 -98.4952 ↓ 187° 93 107 2,950 -984 Descending FlightAware ADS-B (KSAT)
Sun 19:24:25 29.5435 -98.4907 → 89° 87 100 2,600 -1,219 Descending FlightAware ADS-B (KBAZ)
Sun 19:24:41 29.5474 -98.4882 ↖ 338° 75 86 2,300 -1,078 Descending FlightAware ADS-B (KRND)
Sun 19:24:57 29.5512 -98.4934 ← 307° 75 86 2,025 -844 Descending FlightAware ADS-B (KBAZ)
Sun 19:25:13 29.5544 -98.4982 ← 290° 66 76 1,850 -1,266 Descending FlightAware ADS-B (KSAT)
Sun 19:25:29 29.5516 -98.5006 ↘ 154° 62 71 1,350 -1,875 Descending FlightAware ADS-B (KSKF)


Anonymous said...

no fire would be even more tragic if he ran out of fuel


Jim said...

To the anonymous (I wish you guys would at least use a first name) ref: the "Surviving Hell", a T6 will roll a whole lot better than a Comanche with 3 people in it.

Anonymous said...

He attempted a 360°. A forward slip and S-turns makes more sense for losing altitude.

Anonymous said...

Without knowing exactly what the winds were I can't be certain, but if you are lucky enough to have complete engine failure right over or near an airport, especially one with a huge runway, why not go for the end that you got made.

Anonymous said...

I don't think that I would EVER turn away from the airport (making a 360), especially one with "long" runways, when I had an "engine failure."

Anonymous said...

Wind was 330 @ 4. I'm landing on 22.

Anonymous said...

"Wind was 330 @ 4. I'm landing on 22."

I retract that because I don't his exact position when the engine failed.

Unknown said...

You have to remember when practicing "No Power Landings" are predetermined, a real situation presents stressful situation in which you have to make decisions with precision. Situational awareness is a key factor. Flying at night with an engine failure is extremely difficult and extremely stressful.

gretnabear said...

ref, "position when the engine failed."
Using Flightware, apparent location of malfunction was 4 miles @ 4,300 ft NNE of 13R, a long base leg. [29.5834 -98.4495 (2539 - 2549 Grayson Cir, San Antonio)]


Anonymous said...

Pilot under instruction?

Anonymous said...

"You have to remember when practicing "No Power Landings" are predetermined, a real situation presents stressful situation in which you have to make decisions with precision. Situational awareness is a key factor. Flying at night with an engine failure is extremely difficult and extremely stressful."

Exactly! Engine failure happens two different ways ... The way we train and the way it happens in real life. Sometimes real life looks quite a bit different from the training. After dark can be a crap shoot.

RIP to those lost.


Albert said...

@gretnabear I don't know if we can actually tell when the engine quit. He was inbound to Boerne (5C1) and only changes course just north of Seguin. I assume he started having problems with his engine, and he makes a turn towards KSAT. Are you plotting his position based his call about his engine? He makes a left and then assume he makes the fateful decision to do a 360 at which time he gets too slow and enters a stall/spin at low altitude. So many better choices...I hope I make the right decision if ever in a similar situation!

Anonymous said...

He looked to have been almost 1800ft agl on his initial approach to the runway. That's a lot of altitude to lose even with a really long runway. I imagine he realized that when lining up, and believed he had to do a 360 in order to land. Tragically, he got too slow in his bank and stalled. Had he maintained his airspeed, he very well may have executed a perfect power off landing. Point being made, just making it to the end of the runway isn't enough. If you come in too fast, you'll just scream down the runway and end up in the trees at the other end. I think he knew that.

Anonymous said...

Hindsight is 20/20 but if the case was that he was doing a 360 because too high, its a shame he didn't just enter a downwind leg. Being 1800 AGL at the departure end would set up for a perfect power off 180, as in training (lose about 800 ft while downwind and then roughly 100agl when abeam).

Anonymous said...

Typo - end up being roughly 1000 agl when abeam.

gretnabear said...

Consider this review of FlightAware ADS-B data; 78P PIC overshot the extended centreline for runway 13 while turning final from base, then turning from 202 degrees, to 187, 89, 338, 307, 290, 154 as the bank attitude increased rapidly and the nose dropped to a nearly vertical attitude.

'This accident is consistent with an attempt to “cheat” when overshooting a turn to final by input of rudder to increase the rate of turn and opposite aileron to maintain a normal bank angle. If the aircraft is allowed to stall at this point, the inside wing will stall first and a spin will develop.'

Anonymous said...

Am I missing something here or am I the only one who thinks that it would be logical for the not as experienced private pilot to surrender controls to a 2x NAFI master flight instructor. And if he didn't she surely should have been monitoring bank angle and airspeed. A sad event for all especially for the non pilot passenger whose lifes horizons were just starting.

jmw_Seattle said...

Circling to land with no engine? When you lose an engine, you’re flying an insurance company airplane. Go straight ahead down after turning into the wind for an off field landing. He should’ve said to the professional instructor, “Your airplane.” The plane might’ve been under insured and he was trying to save it. You need to be extra cautious when you have a naiv young passenger who has without due consideration placed his life in your hands.

Anonymous said...

Just look at the FlightAware track and see the quickly diminishing air speed during the last one minute of flight. On the last position shown he would have need to bank left to head back toward the airport. Yet he was just at or a tad below the published stall speed would have induced the stall with that bank to the left. It appears that's when a probable tip stall occurred. No wonder. In one instant they still have a chance straighten the heading, nose down to increase speed, and then slowly turn toward the airport with a wide bank, the next instant it was too late. While I agree with previous comments that it is very disappointing to lose three lives, especially the young man who placed his trust in the pilot and certainly would have taken comfort in having an instructor pilot in the plane. Nonetheless, we who were not there should reserve judgement and let the investigators piece this together.

Mike said...

I think it's important to remember that this happened at night, which would make it all the more disorienting. I agree with he idea that he was pulling the nose around with the rudder. I do not agree he should've just handed over PIC duties because the fan stopped.

Anonymous said...

Yes Mike, It's too easy to be on these blogs with the advantage of hindsight, not taking into account some of the factors they obviously faced (like darkness and stress), and imagine there were no other factors that we could not know about, unless we were there. That's why we do full investigations. The tragedy has happened, the price has been paid. Hopefully at least a shred of learning will happen from the investigation that may prevent another such incident.

Mouser485 said...

For all intents and purposes the Instructor was probably flying the plane. The guy in the left seat was probably just handling the radios.

Anonymous said...

I am not too sure Maureen was an MEI or held a AMEL certificate. Piston twins can be very dangerous! RIP

Anonymous said...

Certificate Type, Rating, and Instructor Expire Date