Thursday, October 10, 2019

Beechcraft A23-B19 Sport 150, N2177W: Accident occurred October 09, 2019 at Fayette County Airport (KFYE), Somerville, Tennessee

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Memphis, Tennessee 

Aircraft caught fire at 400 feet which forced an off airport landing.

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NTSB Identification: GAA20CA042
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, October 09, 2019 in Somerville, TN
Aircraft: Beech 19, registration: N2177W

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Date: 09-OCT-19
Time: 20:33:00Z
Regis#: N2177W
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 19
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: FIRE
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91

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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Zenith STOL CH701, N701BJ: Accident occurred October 05, 2019 in Garden Ridge, Comal 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:

Location: Garden Ridge, TX
Accident Number: CEN20LA005
Date & Time: 10/05/2019, 1030 CDT
Registration: N701BJ
Aircraft: Zenair ZENITH CH 701
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On October 5, 2019, about 1030 CDT, a Zenair Zenith CH-701 airplane, N701BJ, impacted terrain near Garden Ridge, Texas, following a partial loss of engine power after takeoff. The private pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to the pilot and operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed about the time of the accident, and the flight was operating without a flight plan at the time of the accident. The flight was originating from Kitty Hawk Flying Field Ultralight Flightpark (TS67), Texas, at the time of the accident.

The pilot reported the airplane was fully loaded with fuel, it started normally, and all preflight checks were normal. The airplane reached 10-15 ft above the ground during takeoff when the engine RPM rolled back "opposite of a surge." The pilot pulled the power back to idle and landed straight ahead in an area of brush off the end of the runway. The right main landing gear and nose landing gear collapsed, and the fuselage exhibited buckling. The wreckage was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Zenair
Registration: N701BJ
Model/Series: ZENITH CH 701 No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
Operator: Smith James J
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation:
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Distance from Accident Site:
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Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Garden Ridge, TX (TS67)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 29.621944, -98.277222