Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Beech A36 Bonanza, N104RK: Accident occurred September 28, 2020 near Rusty Allen Airport (KRYW), Lago Vista, Travis County, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Antonio, Texas

Aircraft crashed inverted into woods while on approach. 


Date: 28-SEP-20
Time: 18:52:00Z
Regis#: N104RK
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: A36
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: SERIOUS
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Operation: 91
State: TEXAS


  1. I live in San Antonio and have been to Rusty Allen/Lago Vista before. When I heard about he crash, I was interested because I know the location and that day we had strong 25MPH winds with gusts from the North. According to FlightRadar24, it looks like he intended to land straight in from the South onto Runway 33. However, his track continues (as a missed approach) over the runway and he turns standard pattern to the left. He turns base and then airspeed and altitude bleed off as he goes down into the small valley below the airport. The airport is on a hill, so I imagine the winds, gust, and up/down drafts were a significant factor. It does not look like a base/final stall/spin, but would guess possibly a fuel starvation that unfortunately occurred on base (or slightly before). He flew from Brownsville (250+ miles South) and had strong headwinds the entire way. Depends on how much fuel he loaded before departure. Anyway, just a couple thoughts until the facts are released. Glad everyone survived and pray for a speedy recovery.

  2. I am a CFII/MEI who has instructed extensively out of KRYW. RWY is one of the most difficult airports to land at I have ever flown out of, especially when the winds are > 20 knots and gusting. I live about 20 miles from RYW, and the winds were > 25 knots and gusting that afternoon. Rolling hills on approach from the south, east/west hangars lining both sides of the runway make wind currents unpredictable and wind direction inconsistent, especially on runway 33. Missed approaches on 33 are far higher than average. And I agree with the comment about the non-stop flight from Brownsville. Fuel could have been a factor, if nothing more than from a pilot distraction point of view.