Friday, June 19, 2020

Beech A24R, N444JR: Accident occurred June 13, 2020 near Livingston Municipal Airport (00R), Polk County, Texas

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.
The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

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

Location: Livingston, TX
Accident Number: CEN20LA228
Date & Time: 06/13/2020, 1825 CDT
Registration: N444JR
Aircraft: Beech 24
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On June 13, 2020, about 1825 central daylight time, a Beech A24R airplane, N444JR, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Livingston, Texas. The pilot was seriously injured, and the passenger sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

According to local law enforcement personnel, the pilot and passenger stated that the engine began to vibrate and then lost power. The pilot attempted a forced landing to the Livingston Municipal Airport (00R), Livingston, Texas; however, the airplane impacted trees and terrain short of the runway. The airplane came to rest upright in a field about 300 yards short of runway 30.

Preliminary examination of the engine by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the No. 3 cylinder had separated from the engine crankcase. The cylinder and piston remained within the engine cowling. The airplane was not equipped with shoulder harness restraints.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech
Registration: N444JR
Model/Series: 24 A24R
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Presley's Machine Shop LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: 6R3, 150 ft msl
Observation Time: 1835 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 20 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 31°C / 10°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.99 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Fulshear, TX (X09)
Destination: Livingston, TX (00R)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 30.680833, -95.011389 (est)

Volunteer Firemen from Livingston tend to Tony and Robin Presley of Deridder, Louisiana. Tony Presley had engine failure on his way home from Houston and attempted to glide into Livingston Municipal Airport. His plane didn't make it to the runway.

A man that is close friends to many aviators here in Jasper is undergoing treatment at a Hospital in the Woodlands after the aircraft he was piloting crashed while making an emergency landing in Livingston on Saturday.

Troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety said the crash occurred shortly after 6:00, when the Beech Sierra single engine airplane landed just short of the runway at the Livingston Municipal Airport, which is located just west of Livingston.

The pilot, Tony Presley and his wife, Robin, both of DeRidder were reportedly somewhere east of Livingston when they began to experience engine problems as they headed back to DeRidder.

Presley apparently turned around was trying to make it to the Livingston Airport, but came up short, clipping a few trees before landing on the south side of the field, about 75 feet from the runway.

The couple was pulled from the plane by the volunteers of the Livingston Fire Department and treated at the scene by emergency medical technicians.

Tony Presley was flown by helicopter to Herman Hospital in the Woodland, where he was at last word still undergoing treatment for head injuries.

Robin Presley was taken to a hospital in Livingston, where she was reportedly treated and later released.

What caused the engine in the aircraft to die is not known, but investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Board are reportedly investigating the incident.

Tony Presley is a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 1356 at Leesville, a flying club that is made up of members from both East Texas and West Louisiana.

Oil that blew back from the engine and landed on the tail of the small plane during flight. 

Trooper Kevin Burman initiated an preliminary investigation. 

Tony Presley was flown to Hermann Hospital in the Woodlands.

LIVINGSTON, Texas - At approximately 6:30 pm on June 13, 2020, a small plane, piloted by Tony Presley, 54, of Deridder, Louisiana, was flying home from Houston with his wife, Robin. 

As Presley was flying over Polk County he had engine failure. His plane's engine completely shut down. Amazingly, Presley was able to glide the plane in towards Livingston Municipal airport runway. Unfortunately, he didn't have enough altitude to make it to the runway. 

Presley's plane clipped the tree tops and belly landed in the grass (snapping the wheels off on impact). His plane slid into a drainage area was about seventy five yards short of the runway. 

Allegiance Ambulance Service was dispatched to the scene along with the Livingston Volunteer Fire Department Heavy Rescue Unit, Officers Tito Reyes and Sergeant Dallas Early with the Livingston Police Department, and Trooper Kevin Burman with the Texas Highway Patrol. 

Robin Presley was transported by ambulance to CHI Livingston Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Tony was flown by PHi Air Medical Helicopter to Hermann Hospital in the Woodlands. Trooper Burman initiated a preliminary investigation.

The crash will be fully investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration.


  1. Flightaware Track Log data shows eight minutes of descending flight after the turn toward Livingston. He did good to nurse it to the boundary of the field. Wish the timing of the engine fail had put him a mile closer, would have landed ok. Hoping for speedy recovery to full health.

  2. Engine cowling on starboard side looks like the cylinder hit it pretty hard.

  3. No shoulder harnesses, ouch!

    Wishing for a speedy recovery, it certainly could have been a lot worse.

  4. Shoulder harness would have helped here, no doubt.
    Looks like pilot did all he could to bring her in.