Friday, January 31, 2020

Beechcraft B60 Duke, N50JR: Accident occurred January 29, 2020 near Big Spring McMahon-Wrinkle Airport (KBPG), 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; Lubbock, Texas

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Big Spring, TX
Accident Number: CEN20TA071
Date & Time: 01/29/2020, 1710 CST
Registration: N50JR
Aircraft: Beech 60
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On January 29 2020, about 1710 central standard time, a Beechcraft BE60 airplane, N50JR, sustained substantial damage during a forced landing about ½ mile southwest of Edwards Lucian Wells Ranch Airport (TX31), Big Spring, Texas. The commercial pilot and sole occupant received minor injuries. The airplane was registered to American Woodcraft LLC and operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a visual flight rules flight plan had been filed. The flight had departed Abilene Regional Airport (KABI), Abilene, Texas, at 1622 and was destined for Odessa Airport (KODO), Odessa, Texas, about 140 nautical miles southwest.

According to the pilot, he asked the fixed base operator (FBO) to add 20 gallons of 100LL to both fuel tanks. Fuel receipts and statements from the FBO personnel confirm that the fuel requested was added to the airplane.

After departing, he climbed to a cruise altitude of 8,000 ft. After the left engine quit, the pilot advised air traffic control and attempted to divert to Big Spring, Texas (KBPG). When it became evident the airplane would not reach KBPG, the pilot elected to divert to TX31. While overflying the runway at TX31, the right engine quit and the airplane landed about ½ mile southwest of the field.

When the Federal Aviation Administration aviation safety inspector arrived on scene, they attempted to drain fuel from the fuel tanks. They were able to drain what they described as "a couple tablespoons" of fuel from the left tank, but were unable to drain the right tank due to the terrain and the position of the airplane. There was no blue discoloration present on either of the wings or engine nacelles and neither fuel tank was breached. The battery remained connected, and they applied power to the electrical system. Both fuel gauges indicated empty.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N50JR
Model/Series: 60 B60
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

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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
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GLASSCOCK COUNTY, Texas (KOSA) - Thursday 2:50 p.m. 

Update: Authorities have identified the pilot involved in Wednesday’s plane crash.

According to the Glasscock County Sheriff Keith Burnett, James Nyerges of Odessa was hurt in the crash and taken to Midland Memorial Hospital.

As of Thursday afternoon Nyerges was listed in stable condition.

The Glasscock County Sheriff's Office is investigating a plane crash Wednesday evening in Northwestern Glasscock County.

Glasscock County Sheriff Keith Burnett tells CBS7 that it happened about 5:15 p.m., two miles west of 461.

Burnett tells CBS7 that the pilot was flying from Abilene to Odessa when he crashed.

He was alert and talking when he was transported to Midland Memorial Hospital.

Authorities have not released the name of the pilot.

The Federal Aviation Administration will be arriving Thursday to investigate what caused the crash.

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Glasscock County Sheriff's Department 
January 29, 2020 

Approximately 5:15 pm a plane crashed in northwest Glasscock county.

Glasscock County Emt’s took the only person on board which was a 76 year old pilot to Midland Hospital. His condition is unknown at this time.

The pilot is from Odessa and he was coming from Abilene back to Odessa.

The Federal Aviation Administration will be investigating.


  1. why would you put the same N number on a plane as the plane that Jim Croce
    died in? I guess I'm weird like that

    1. Could be unintended from tacking on name initials to the back end of some number of significance.

      Texans in the oil field biz might even enjoy explaining how the earlier misfortune of plane with that number does not scare them.

  2. Lost both engines? Prop was spinning when he came down; at least the prop that still remains.