Thursday, March 26, 2020

Cessna 150E, N4729U: Accident occurred March 25, 2020 near Aero Country Airport (T31), McKinney, Collin 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; Continental Motors; Mobile, Alabama

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: McKinney, TX
Accident Number: CEN20LA133
Date & Time: 03/25/2020, 1830 CDT
Registration: N4729U
Aircraft: Cessna 150
Injuries:1 None 
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On March 25, 2020, about 1830 central daylight time, a Cessna 150E airplane, N4729U, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident after departing Aero Country Airport (T31), McKinney, Texas. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

According to the pilot, he performed a preflight inspection with no anomalies noted and confirmed 14 gallons of fuel onboard, which would have yielded about 1.5 hours of flight time with a 30-minute reserve. He departed T31 about 1730 and flew 26 miles north to an airport for three touch-and-go landings. The pilot then flew back to T31 and completed three more touch-and-go landings. He reported that before the final landing, the fuel gauges indicated 1/4 tank and 1/8 tank of fuel. On climb out from T31, about 200 ft above ground level, the engine experienced a total loss of power. The pilot advanced the throttle and mixture controls full forward and turned off the carburetor heat, but the engine did not respond. The pilot made a forced landing to a golf course, collided with a tee box, and the airplane nosed over. He reported that fuel was leaking from the fuel tanks while the airplane was inverted. When the airplane was recovered to a hangar at T31, about 3 gallons of fuel were drained from the fuel tanks.

The pilot reported that he had recently purchased the airplane and maintenance had been performed on the engine and several associated components.

The airplane has been retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N4729U
Model/Series: 150 E
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: KDAL, 488 ft msl
Observation Time: 1853 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 22 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C / 15°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 13 knots / , 180°
Lowest Ceiling:
Altimeter Setting: 29.26 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: McKinney, TX (T31)
Destination: McKinney, TX (T31)

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: 33.202500, -96.743611 (est)

The pilot of a Cessna 150E is okay after his plane crashed in McKinney.

Investigators say the plane was taking off from the Aero County Airport Wednesday night when it seems the engine died.

The plane landed, upside down, on the nearby Westridge Golf Course.

Original article can be found here ➤

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