Sunday, March 10, 2019

Abnormal Runway Contact: Cessna 182D Skylane, N8903X, accident occurred November 16, 2018 at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (KCLT), North Carolina

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Charlotte, North Carolina

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


Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms


https://registry.faa.gov/N8903X


Location: Charlotte, NC

Accident Number: GAA19CA064
Date & Time: 11/16/2018, 1540 EST
Registration: N8903X
Aircraft: Cessna 182
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Abnormal runway contact
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

Analysis

The pilot reported that, during the preflight inspection, he did not observe any issues with the nosewheel tire. However, during touchdown at the destination airport, he felt something was wrong, so he pulled back on the controls. He added that the airplane "left the ground for a few seconds" and then landed hard the second time. He taxied to the ramp without further incident.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage.

The airport’s automated weather observation station reported that, about 12 minutes after the accident, the wind was from 220° at 5 knots. The pilot landed the airplane on runway 36R. 

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's improper landing flare, which resulted in a hard landing.

Findings

Aircraft
Landing flare - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Tailwind - Effect on operation

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing
Abnormal runway contact (Defining event)
Hard landing

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 59, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 07/06/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 04/18/2018
Flight Time: (Estimated) 279.8 hours (Total, all aircraft), 279.8 hours (Total, this make and model), 19.6 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 6.1 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N8903X
Model/Series: 182 D
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1961
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 18253303
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 02/16/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2650 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 3494.3 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-470-L
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 230 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: KCLT, 769 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2052 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 326°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 25000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 5 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 220°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.04 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 14°C / 2°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Asheville, NC (AVL)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Charlotte, NC (CLT)
Type of Clearance: VFR Flight Following
Departure Time: 1500 EST
Type of Airspace: Class B

Airport Information

Airport: CHARLOTTE/DOUGLAS INTL (CLT)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt; Concrete
Airport Elevation: 747 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 36R
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 8677 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop

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: 35.214444, -80.947222 (est)

Loss of Control on Ground: Dragon Fly-B, N5023G, accident occurred November 13, 2018 at Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole (PHKO), Kailua, Hawaii

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Honolulu, Hawaii

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


Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

https://registry.faa.gov/N5023G

Location: KAILUA/KONA, HI
Accident Number: GAA19CA059
Date & Time: 11/13/2018, 1130 HDT
Registration: N5023G
Aircraft: Eugene Wells Dragon Fly-B
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

Analysis

The pilot of the tailwheel-equipped airplane reported that, during the approach, there was "heavy traffic" behind his airplane and a right crosswind. He added that, during a wheel landing, he tried to "maintain speed" to clear the runway, but the airplane began to "fishtail." He added power to regain control, but the airplane exited the left side of the runway, the left wing impacted the ground, and the airplane came to rest in a "lava field."

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing.

The pilot reported that the accident was due to pilot error because of his lack of experience in the airplane. He added that he did not have a tailwheel endorsement and had a total of only 3 flight hours experience in tailwheel airplanes with a flight instructor.

The airport’s automated weather observation system reported that, about the time of the accident, the wind was from 220° at 9 knots. The pilot landed the airplane on runway 17.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's failure to maintain directional control during landing in a crosswind. Contributing to the accident was the pilot’s lack of experience in tailwheel airplanes for which he did not have an endorsement.

Findings

Aircraft
Directional control - Not attained/maintained (Cause)

Personnel issues
Aircraft control - Pilot (Cause)
Qualification/certification - Pilot (Factor)

Environmental issues
Crosswind - Effect on operation

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing
Loss of control on ground (Defining event)
Attempted remediation/recovery
Runway excursion

Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 70, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Unknown
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: BasicMed Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 09/11/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: (Estimated)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Eugene Wells
Registration: N5023G
Model/Series: Dragon Fly-B
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1979
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 1
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  Unknown
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT:
Engine Model/Series:
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 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: PHKO, 43 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2153 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 260°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 4000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 9 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 220°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.99 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / 18°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point:
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Unknown
Destination: KAILUA/KONA, HI (KOA)
Type of Clearance: Unknown
Departure Time:  Type of Airspace: Class D 

Airport Information

Airport: ELLISON ONIZUKA KONA INTL AT K (KOA)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 47 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Unknown
Runway Used: 17
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 11000 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full Stop 

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: 19.736944, -156.043056 (est)

Robinson R44 Raven II, N445KP: Accident occurred November 10, 2018 in Lihue, Hawaii

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Honolulu, Hawaii

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


Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms 

 
https://registry.faa.gov/N445KP


Location: Lihue, HI
Accident Number: GAA19CA066
Date & Time: 11/10/2018, 1320 HST
Registration: N445KP
Aircraft: Robinson R44
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Miscellaneous/other
Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Business - Sightseeing

Analysis 

The pilot reported that, before the helicopter tour flight, he had briefed the passengers, but they still attempted to take cell phones onboard without cases. He then gave the passengers cases and attached them to their wrists. During the flight, while the helicopter was flying about 100 knots, the right-side passenger held her cell phone and case outside of the cabin into the airflow, which resulted in the cell phone and case without the strap exiting the helicopter and subsequently impacting the tail rotor.

The helicopter sustained substantial damage to the tail rotor.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the helicopter that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The passenger’s improper decision to hold her cell phone outside the helicopter, which resulted in it departing the helicopter and striking the tail rotor.

Findings

Personnel issues
Decision making/judgment - Passenger (Cause)

Environmental issues
Debris/dirt/foreign object - Effect on equipment (Cause)

Factual Information

History of Flight

Enroute
Miscellaneous/other (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Flight Instructor; Commercial
Age: 36, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): Helicopter
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): Helicopter
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Helicopter; Instrument Helicopter
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 05/16/2018
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 11/30/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 2359.2 hours (Total, all aircraft), 1478 hours (Total, this make and model), 2315 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 313 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 103 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Robinson
Registration: N445KP
Model/Series: R44 II
Aircraft Category: Helicopter
Year of Manufacture: 2007
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 11693
Landing Gear Type: Skid;
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 10/24/2018, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2260 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 2473.6 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C126 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: IO-540-AE1A5
Registered Owner: Hawaii Pacific Aviation Inc
Rated Power: 235 hp
Operator: Hawaii Pacific Aviation Inc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Commercial Air Tour (136); Rotorcraft External Load (133) 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: PHLI, 148 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 9 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2353 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 84°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 5500 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 20 knots / 27 knots
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 360°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.98 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C / 14°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Lihue, HI (LIH)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Lihue, HI (LIH)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 1310 HST
Type of Airspace: Class G

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 None
Latitude, Longitude: 21.966944, -159.508333 (est)

Fuel Exhaustion: Cessna 172G Skyhawk, N3984L; accident occurred November 01, 2018 near Cleburne Regional Airport (KCPT), Johnson County, Texas

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Irving, Texas

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N3984L

Location: Cleburne, TX
Accident Number: GAA19CA048
Date & Time: 11/01/2018, 1400 CDT
Registration: N3984L
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Fuel exhaustion
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

Analysis 

The pilot reported that, during the final approach to the destination airport, the engine lost power. Due to homes that were in line with the approach end of the runway, he decided to perform an emergency landing in a field, during which the airplane slid and then came to rest in trees.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing.

The pilot reported that he had not considered the engine's fuel burn for touch-and-go landings or headwinds during his preflight planning. During postaccident examination, a Federal Aviation Administration inspector reported that the fuel gauges read zero and that no fuel was found in the right fuel tank and only 10 ounces of fuel were found in the left fuel tank. Fuel was added to the airplane, and the engine started and operated normally. He added that he talked to the pilot, and he stated that he had flown 3.6 hours and performed at least six touch-and-go landings. The pilot also stated that the airplane usually has a 3.5-hour maximum range at 1,000 ft above ground level at 8 to 9 gallons per hour and that he likely did not properly monitor the engine's fuel consumption, which led to fuel exhaustion. Given the evidence, it is likely the pilot did not ensure that there was sufficient fuel onboard the airplane for the flight and that he did not monitor it properly during the flight, which resulted in fuel exhaustion and the subsequent total loss of engine power. 

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's improper preflight fuel planning and in-flight fuel management, which resulted in fuel exhaustion and the subsequent total loss of engine power. 

Findings

Aircraft
Fuel - Fluid level (Cause)
Fuel - Fluid management (Cause)

Personnel issues
Fuel planning - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Tree(s) - Contributed to outcome

Factual Information

History of Flight

Approach-VFR pattern final
Fuel exhaustion
Loss of engine power (total)

Landing
Off-field or emergency landing
Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 25, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Lap Only
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 08/20/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 10/26/2018
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 62 hours (Total, all aircraft), 62 hours (Total, this make and model), 22 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 41 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 20 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N3984L
Model/Series: 172 G
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1966
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 17254153
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2500 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Continental
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-300-C
Registered Owner: Rick L. Hazen
Rated Power: 145 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: KCPT, 854 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1915 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 227°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 5000 ft agl
Visibility: 10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 11 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 360°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.95 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 16°C / 5°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point:  Mineral Wells, TX (MWL)
Type of Flight Plan Filed:  None
Destination: Cleburne, TX (CPT)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1330 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: CLEBURNE RGNL (CPT)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 854 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 33
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5697 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Forced Landing; Full Stop; Traffic Pattern 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude:  32.355833, -97.431667 (est)

Cessna 337C Super Skymaster, sold to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight, N922EJ: Fatal accident occurred March 09, 2019 in Longview, Texas

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Irving, Texas
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas
Continental Motors; Mobile, Alabama

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


https://registry.faa.gov/N922EJ

Location: Longview, TX
Accident Number: CEN19FA094
Date & Time: 03/09/2019, 1030 CST
Registration: N922EJ
Aircraft: Cessna T337
Injuries: 4 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On March 9, 2019, about 1030 central standard time, a Cessna T337C airplane, N922EJ, was destroyed when it collided with trees and terrain during a descent near Longview, Texas. The private pilot and three passengers were fatally injured. The airplane was sold to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight that was not operated on a flight plan. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed in the area about the time of the accident. The flight departed Lancaster Regional Airport (LNC), near Lancaster, Texas, about 0930, and was en route to the Lakefront Airport, near New Orleans, Louisiana.

An employee at LNC reported that about 0930 the pilot and 3 other people came to the airport. The pilot came inside and bought 1 quart of oil. He was in a good mood and told me that his daughter was from Houston and they were flying to Louisiana. The pilot then went out and did a long preflight (about 10 minutes) he put the oil in the front engine, and his son brought the empty bottle in to throw it away. Then they entered the airplane, started it up, and let it run for about 5 minutes. The airplane was taxied toward the south ramp out of sight. The self-serve fuel is located down that way and it was a long enough period of time for the pilot to service the airplane with fuel. After that, the airplane took off and flew away. The employee said that a severe thunderstorm went through about 0730-0830. At the time of departure, the thunderstorm had passed through and the weather present at LNC was "clear."

A friend of the family later reported that the airplane was missing and an Alert Notice (ALNOT) was issued.

A witness was driving down a road to go hunting. While driving he noticed scattered trash along a clearway above an underground pipeline in a wooded area. He looked further at the trash and saw that it was an airplane crash. He subsequently called 9-1-1. The time was about 1900.

According to initial information from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the 51-year-old pilot held a private pilot certificate with a single engine land airplane rating. The pilot's last aviation medical examination was dated August 8, 2018, when he applied for a FAA third-class medical certificate. The pilot reported on the application for that medical certificate that he had accumulated 1,200 hours of total flight time and 0 hours of flight time in the 6 months before the examination. The pilot's logbook was found in the wreckage. The entry before the last entry was dated May 7, 2005. The last entry was dated August 23, 2018 and using flight time carried forward on the last page, the pilot's total logged flight time was 250.9 hours.

N922EJ was a 1968 model Cessna T337C, twin-engine, push-pull configuration, high-wing, all-metal, retractable tricycle landing gear airplane, with serial number 337-0944. According to type certificate data sheet specifications, the airplane was powered by two 210-horsepower Continental model TSIO-360 reciprocating engines which each respectively drove a controllable-pitch, full feathering, two blade propeller. The airplane had a total fuel capacity of 92.8 gallons (92 gallons usable) distributed between two wing fuel tanks.

According to the prior owner of the airplane, it recently underwent an annual inspection shortly after the sale. He sold the airplane "in the fall" and that was the last time he flew it. The prior owner, in part, reported, "The plane performed perfectly. Total airframe time was about 1800 hrs motors were both about 600 hrs. Excellent flying airplane. Good radios and everything worked properly the last time I flew it."

At 1025, the recorded weather at the East Texas Regional Airport (GGG), near Longview, Texas, was: Wind 220° at 18 knots gusting to 28 knots; visibility 10 statute miles; present weather light thunderstorms and rain; sky condition scattered clouds at 2,600 ft, broken clouds at 3,200 ft, broken clouds at 9,500 ft; temperature 23° C; dew point 19° C; altimeter 29.72 inches of mercury; remarks peak wind 220° 28 knots at 1022, distant lightning west - northeast, rain began at 1025, thunderstorm began at 1025.

The main wreckage, which consisted of the fragmented fuselage, empennage, inboard wings sections, and both engines that were found embedded about 6 to 8 feet below grade in wooded terrain about 62° and 10 nautical miles from GGG. One fuel tank was found fragmented near the main wreckage in the woods and one fuel tank was found in a clearway for an underground pipeline near the main wreckage. Highly fragmented sections of the fuselage, wings, and empennage were found in the woods widely distributed around the main wreckage. All separations in control cables exhibited a broom-straw appearance consistent with overload. All observed skin and structure separations exhibited an appearance consistent with overload.

A backhoe was used to raise the wreckage from below grade. Both engines did not exhibit any anomalies or damage that could not be associated with the ground impact. The rear propeller blades were attached to their hub and that hub remained attached to its propeller flange. However, the flange was separated from its engine crankshaft just forward of its flange. One blade exhibited leading edge nicks and the other blade exhibited S-shaped bending. The front propeller hub remained attached to its engine. However, the hub's blades did not remain attached. One inboard section of a front propeller blade was recovered, and one outboard section of a front propeller blade was recovered. Those sections exhibited separations in overload and chordwise abrasion. The outboard section exhibited s-bending.

A section of outboard wing leading edge that housed landing lights was found about 072° and 1.7 nautical miles from the main wreckage.

The Harrison County Justice of the Peace was asked to perform an autopsy on the pilot and to take toxicological samples.

Radar data from the FAA was requested for plotting the flight's recorded track and a weather study will be conducted to determine the weather along the recorded track.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N922EJ
Model/Series: T337 C
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: KGGG, 373 ft msl
Observation Time: 1025 CST
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 23°C / 19°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 2600 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 18 knots / 28 knots, 220°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 3200 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.72 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Lancaster, TX (LNC)
Destination: New Orleans, LA (NEW)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 3 Fatal
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 4 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 32.461111, -94.539167 (est)


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.

Kaycee Ann Kendrick and Coty Ray Shrum

Rebecca Marsh Kendrick and William Robert Kendrick




HARRISON COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - DPS has released the names of the four people killed in a small plane crash in Harrison County.

According to Justice of the Peace Nancy George, four people died after the Cessna 337C Super Skymaster crashed south of FM 968 on Waldrons Ferry Road around 6:30 p.m. Saturday. DPS reported the crash occurred about three miles south of Hallsville.

The victims include the pilot of the plane, 51-year-old William Robert Kendrick, of Huffman, and his three passengers, 47-year-old Rebecca Marsh Kendrick, of Huffman, 27-year-old Kaycee Ann Kendrick, of Farmers Branch, and 25-year-old Coty Ray Shrum, of Farmers Branch.

On Monday night, the family of the four who perished released the following statement:

“We would like to express our deepest appreciation and thanks for the kind words and prayers offered in support of the family suffering this great loss. We ask that the media respect our privacy as we move through the grieving process. We refer all inquiries to the appropriate Federal, State and local authorities. They have our full support while they conduct their investigation.“

Lynn Lunsford with the FAA said the Cessna 337C Super Skymaster was traveling from Dallas Love Field to New Orleans. DPS reports the pilot of the plane possibly encountered severe weather, causing the plane to lose altitude and crash in a wooded area on private property.

All four victims were pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Nancy George and transported to Meadowbrook Funeral Home in Marshall.

The FAA said they and the NTSB are still gathering information on the crash. An NTSB spokesperson said an investigator would soon arrive to the crash site, and a preliminary report would be released “in a couple of weeks."

Officials originally believed only one person was aboard the plane when it went down.

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William Robert Kendrick

HALLSVILLE — Bad weather could have been the cause of a weekend plane crash that killed three family members and one of their fellow passengers outside Hallsville, according to Texas Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Sgt. Jean Dark on Monday.

Huffman resident and pilot William Robert Kendrick, 51, and his three passengers — Rebecca Marsh Kendrick, 47, of Huffman, Kaycee Ann Kendrick, 27, of Farmers Branch and Coty Ray Shrum, 25, of Farmers Branch — were all killed about 7:30 p.m. Saturday when the small plane they were flying in reportedly encountered bad weather.

The Cessna 337C Super Skymaster was carrying the group from Dallas to New Orleans when it crashed 3 miles south of Hallsville on private property in Harrison County late Saturday evening, Dark said.

“The Cessna 337C Super Skymaster was traveling from Dallas to New Orleans when the pilot possibly encountered severe weather,” Dark said Monday. “The aircraft lost altitude and crashed in a wooded area on private property.”

National Weather Service Meteorologist Mario Valverde in Shreveport said Monday that the weather about the time of the crash was mostly overcast skies with some light rain about 7 p.m Saturday in Harrison County.

“At that time, visibility was at least 10 miles. There was some light rain, and there were some gusty winds from the south at about 16 mph with gusts about 28 mph,” Valverde said. “There were overcast skies with the ceiling at about 3,700 feet.”

Within about an hour — from 7 to 7:53 p.m. Saturday — Valverde said the ceiling dropped by more than half and the wind gusts picked up speed.

“By 7:53 p.m. Saturday, we still had visibility at 10 miles, and the wind increased to 22 mph with gusts up to 29 mph,” he said. “The skies remained overcast with light rain, and the ceiling lowered to 1,600 ft.”

All four passengers aboard were pronounced dead by Harrison County Justice of the Peace Nancy George and taken to Meadowbrook Funeral Home in Marshall, Dark said.

The crash is under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board.

NTSB Chief of Media Relations Christopher O’Neil said Monday the investigation could take up to two years to complete.

“With regard to probable cause, that is not determined until the end of our investigation,” O’Neil said. “General aviation accidents involving fatalities are taking on average from 12 to 24 months to complete.”

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A couple from Farmers Branch were among four people killed in a plane crash Saturday in East Texas.

Kaycee Ann Kendrick, 27, and her boyfriend, 25-year-old Coty Ray Shrum, died in the crash along with Kendrick's parents, 51-year-old William Robert Kendrick and 47-year-old Rebecca Marsh Kendrick, Texas Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Sgt. Jean Dark said Tuesday.

William Kendrick was piloting the Cessna 337C Super Skymaster, Dark said. The plane had left Dallas and was headed for New Orleans when it crashed outside Hallsville, a small town between Longview and Marshall in Harrison County.

State troopers were called to the scene of the crash around 7:30 p.m. Saturday, where all four people were pronounced dead, Dark said. They were taken to a funeral home in Marshall, she said.

Dark said the pilot may have encountered severe weather before the plane lost altitude and landed in a wooded area. 

The Longview News-Journal reported that between 7 and 8 p.m. Saturday in Harrison County, wind gusts had picked up speed and the cloud ceiling lowered from about 3,700 feet to 1,600 feet. There was also light rain at the time, the paper reported.

Family members of the victims told KLTV-TV in a statement that they were thankful "for the kind words and prayers offered in support of the family suffering this great loss."

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating.

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