Saturday, September 26, 2020

Team Rocket F1 Rocket, N540LK and Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP, N108VK: Accident occurred September 25, 2020 at San Marcos Regional Airport (KHYI), Caldwell County, Texas

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

While on final for runway, collided with Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP, N108VK.


Date: 25-SEP-20
Time: 00:15:00Z
Regis#: N540LK
Aircraft Make: TEAM
Aircraft Model: F1 ROCKET
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: DESTROYED
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Operation: 91
City: AUSTIN
State: TEXAS

While on final, collided with Team Rocket F1 Rocket, N540LK.  


Date: 25-SEP-20
Time: 00:15:00Z
Regis#: N108VK
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172S
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: DESTROYED
Activity: INSTRUCTION
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Operation: 91
City: AUSTIN
State: TEXAS

5 comments:

  1. 172's ADS-B data is visible in Flightaware thru 700 foot on approach to RW 8, which is at 588 ft. elevation. No ADS-B data found for the F1.

    Did the F1's low wing hide the 172 for the whole way in on final?

    https://flightaware.com/live/flight/N108VK

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  2. Listening to live ATC audio the collision occurred 15 min after the tower closed, heavy traffic calls getting stepped on. But both aircraft mentioned stadium and i35 within moments of each other... which could have been indication 1... 540lk announced 1 mile final shortly after n108vk announced "point eight" for the field rather than "short final" it sounds to me that both pilots were talking and announcing but they weren't listening. 540lk descended on top of 108vk. And will technically likely be the primary at fault party.

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  3. Thankfully no one was killed. I know, I know, ADSB-In is not required except in "rule" airspace. Experience in a ADSB-In equipped aircraft and with a ADSB-Out receiver often provides a directional aid to visual search. Of course, listening up on the radios is a must. On a different but somewhat related subject, my insurance is up for renewal on a Beech C23, I have already been told by an AOPA Insurance rep that I can anticipate a 10-40% increase. At the rate GA aircraft are being destroyed it is looking more and more like it will be on the high side...

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  4. video at https://www.kvue.com/article/news/local/two-planes-involved-in-crash-at-san-marcos-regional-airport/269-61030b04-f53a-4508-809e-7f6d3ab61c68

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  5. The low wing pilot was in a faster plane in a busy trainer filled pattern. He should not have done a 360 for spacing on base with traffic on downwind, and incorrectly announcing his intentions and position - he did not rejoin downwind, instead he rejoined at base to final. Then both pilots - announcing on final, just carried on ...

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