Friday, July 24, 2020

Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche, N8488Y: Incident occurred July 15, 2020 in Vaughn, Guadalupe County, New Mexico

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Albuquerque, New Mexico

Aircraft made a forced landing in a field.

Tailwind Society LLC

Date: 15-JUL-20

Time: 17:15:00Z
Regis#: N8488Y
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA30
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91

VAUGHN, New Mexico — New Mexico State Police responded to a report of a downed aircraft Wednesday morning. Authorities said the small plane was found in an open field south of Vaughn, New Mexico.

The pilot and his wife, both in their 70s, were found uninjured and safe. According to the Vaughn Fire Chief, the pair said the plane was experiencing engine failure. The experienced pilot did not activate the landing gear – which allowed them to slide safely.

The couple said they were flying from Austin to Santa Fe. 

Officials said there was some damage to the plane, but no fire.

The Federal Aviation Administration has been notified and will take over the investigation.


  1. Fuel starvation, exhaustion y’all??

    1. He was on the return path of the same trip from the day before, so unless headwind difference, same trip. Did a turn back at the end, looks like he might have been trying to reach the ranchers private strip they had passed, but came up short.
      Day before:

      Last ADS-B recorded:
      Ranchers strip:

  2. depending on the density altitude, gross weight, etc., if you loose an engine in a Twin-Comanche you might be better off putting it down under control rather risk a VMC accident if there were no suitable airports nearby.