Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Flight Control System Malfunction/Failure: Excalibur, N78DZ; accident occurred June 04, 2017 near Double Eagle II Airport (KAEG), Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico

Aircraft at Accident Site. 


Fractured Right Elevator Control Rod at Accident Site. 

Left and Right Elevator Control Rods.


The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:

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

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms


http://registry.faa.gov/N78DZ

Location: Albuquerque, NM
Accident Number:CEN17LA216 
Date & Time: 06/04/2017, 0824 MDT
Registration: N78DZ
Aircraft: WILLIAM D TELFAIR/ZIA Z TELFAI EXCALIBUR
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Flight control sys malf/fail
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 



On June 4, 2017, about 0824 mountain daylight time, an Excalibur experimental light sport airplane, N78DZ, was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain near Albuquerque, New Mexico, during an emergency landing due to flight control anomalies. The commercial pilot was not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed throughout the area and a flight plan was not filed. The airplane was registered to the pilot and the personal flight was being conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The local flight originated at 0715 from the Double Eagle Airport (AEG), Albuquerque, New Mexico, and was enroute back to AEG when the accident occurred.

According to the pilot, he had been flying a little over an hour without any problems since takeoff from AEG. He was flying straight and level, about 75 mph (below never-exceed speed), when the pitch control became erratic. The control stick started slamming fore and aft to the limits, the airplane nose began pitching up and down, and the airplane began buffeting like it was going to come apart. The pilot declared an emergency and reduced airspeed to 50 to 60 mph, which slightly lessened the fore and aft stick movement and pitch, but did not control it. The pilot turned to clear steep terrain and choose a relatively flat field for an emergency landing. He was able to make final directional corrections and flew the airplane to landing about 40 to 45 mph and 200 to 300 ft per minute rate of descent. The airplane remained upright, but the nose gear and the left main gear sheared off, the airplane turned 180°, and the left wing and horizontal stabilizer struck the ground.

Examination of the aircraft by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector and the pilot after the accident revealed a broken, right elevator control rod. The left elevator control rod was not broken. The control rod that separated was a factory-supplied, 1/2-inch aluminum tube with bearings at each end. The attach points of the control rods appeared to be intact. The bearings were still connected and safety wired and all other control rod linkages and attach points were connected. There was normal movement of the left elevator control system (rod still intact). The damaged control rod (right elevator) and the intact control rod (left elevator) were compared and examined by a National Transportation Safety Board structures engineer. According to the engineer, there was no indication of any pre-existing failure on the fracture surface of the right elevator control rod. The deformation of the rod was indicative of a bending failure of the rod.

The pilot reported after the accident that he may have encountered flutter. 



Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial; Private
Age: 79, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s):None 
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 02/23/2013
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 02/03/2017
Flight Time:  4978 hours (Total, all aircraft), 64 hours (Total, this make and model), 4800 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 5 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: WILLIAM D TELFAIR/ZIA Z TELFAI
Registration: N78DZ
Model/Series: EXCALIBUR NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2015
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 2614
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 04/17/2017, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection: 64 Hours
Engines:  Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 64 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series: 582UL-99
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power:65 hp 
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: ABQ, 5354 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 15 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 0824 MDT
Direction from Accident Site: 230°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Light and Variable /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: / None
Wind Direction: Variable
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 30.2 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C / 9°C
Precipitation and Obscuration:
Departure Point: Albuquerque, NM (AEG)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Albuquerque, NM (AEG)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0715 MDT
Type of Airspace: Class E

Airport Information

Airport: Double Eagle (AEG)
Runway Surface Type:N/A 
Airport Elevation: 5837 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach:None 
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: Forced Landing

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: 35.113889, -106.890833 (est)

Loss of Engine Power (Partial): Grumman G-164C, N7501Z; accident occurred June 14, 2017 in Delaplaine, Greene County, Arkansas

Airplane Wreckage at the Accident Site Side View. 

Airplane Wreckage at the Accident Site Rear View. 


The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Little Rock, Arkansas

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

http://registry.faa.gov/N7501Z

Location: Delaplaine, AR
Accident Number: CEN17LA230
Date & Time: 06/14/2017, 1820 CDT
Registration: N7501Z
Aircraft: Grumman G164
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of engine power (partial)
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 137: Agricultural 

On June 14, 2017, about 1820 central daylight time, a Grumman G164 agricultural airplane, N7501Z, was substantially damaged following a forced landing after a partial loss of engine power near Delaplaine, Arkansas. The commercial pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was registered to HDS Inc., of Beech Grove, Arkansas, and operated by Kin-Co Ag Aviation Inc., of Beech Grove, Arkansas, as a local agricultural flight under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 137. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a company flight plan was filed. The flight originated at 1800 from the operator's private airstrip located in Delaplaine, Arkansas.

The pilot reported that he was en route to spray a rice field after loading chemicals at the company base. While approaching the field, the engine was not producing full power. The pilot elected to executed a forced landing into a rice field. As the airplane landed in the field, the right main landing gear struck a levee, and the airplane flipped inverted, resulting in substantial damage to the wings and fuselage. There were no witnesses to the accident.

Examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector did not reveal any mechanical anomalies with the airplane or engine and did not show any evidence of fuel. Although the top fuel tank was breached in the accident, fresh green grass around and underneath the wreckage did not show any evidence of fuel contamination, or blight.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 51, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Single
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present:No 
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 01/19/2017
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time:  5000 hours (Total, all aircraft), 1270 hours (Total, this make and model), 3 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Grumman
Registration: N7501Z
Model/Series: G164 C
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:1979 
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Restricted
Serial Number:42C 
Landing Gear Type:Tailwheel 
Seats: 1
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 03/02/2017, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: Turbo Prop
Airframe Total Time: 3109 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: Honeywell
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series:TPE331 
Registered Owner: Hds Inc
Rated Power: 650 hp
Operator: KIN-CO AG Aviation Inc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Agricultural Aircraft (137)
Operator Does Business As:
Operator Designator Code: NOSG

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: ARG, 279 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 11 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1835 CDT
Direction from Accident Site: 180°
Lowest Cloud Condition:Clear 
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 3 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: / None
Wind Direction: 100°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: 
Altimeter Setting: 29.92 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 23°C / 21°C
Precipitation and Obscuration:
Departure Point: Delaplaine, AR
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Destination: Delaplaine, AR
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1800 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class E

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:N/A 
Aircraft Explosion:None 
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 36.219444, -90.731389 (est)

Powrachute Airwolf, N260AZ: Accident occurred January 18, 2020 in Gold Canyon, Pinal County, Arizona



Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Scottsdale, Arizona 

Powered parachute crashed on takeoff. 

https://registry.faa.gov/N260AZ

Date: 18-JAN-20
Time: 16:05:00Z
Regis#: N260AZ
Aircraft Make: POWRACHUTE
Aircraft Model: AIRWOLF
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: SERIOUS
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: GOLD CANYON
State: ARIZONA




GOLD CANYON, Arizona — The Pinal County Sheriff's Office says a man was hurt Saturday morning when a powered parachute crashed.

It happened in the Desert Wells Recreation Area near Gold Canyon, east of the Valley.

Authorities says the pilot, a 50-year-old man, suffered a fractured leg when the powered parachute hit a barrier. It appears the aircraft did not get high enough off the ground which caused the incident.

The pilot's current condition is unclear. Authorities said he was the only person on board.

The Federal Aviation Administration has been called out to investigate.

Story and video ➤ https://www.abc15.com

Cessna 182A, N2078G: Incident occurred January 18, 2020 in Bakersfield, Kern County, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Fresno, California

Aircraft made an emergency landing on a highway.

https://registry.faa.gov/N2078G

Date: 18-JAN-20
Time: 07:50:00Z
Regis#: N2078G
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 182
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: BAKERSFIELD
State: CALIFORNIA

Flight Design CT2K, N922HT: Incident occurred January 18,2020 near French Valley Airport (F70), Murrieta -and- incident occurred November 03, 2019 in San Diego, California



Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Riverside, California

January 18, 2020: Aircraft ran out of fuel and made an emergency landing in a field.

https://registry.faa.gov/N922HT

Date: 18-JAN-20
Time: 17:10:00Z
Regis#: N922HT
Aircraft Make: FLIGHT DESIGN
Aircraft Model: CT2K
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: MURRIETA
State: CALIFORNIA

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Diego, California

November 03, 2019: Aircraft veered off runway striking a taxiway light.


Date: 03-NOV-19
Time: 16:40:00Z
Regis#: N922HT
Aircraft Make: FLIGHT DESIGN
Aircraft Model: CT2K
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91
City: SAN DIEGO
State: CALIFORNIA

Mooney M20J, N228AL: Incident occurred January 20, 2020 at Oxnard Airport (KOXR), Ventura County, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Van Nuys, California

Aircraft landed gear up.

https://registry.faa.gov/N228AL

Date: 20-JAN-20
Time: 20:38:00Z
Regis#: N228AL
Aircraft Make: MOONEY
Aircraft Model: M20J
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: OXNARD
State: CALIFORNIA

Piper PA-28-161, N8578Z: Incident occurred January 20, 2020 near Vero Beach Regional Airport (KVRB), Indian River County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida

Aircraft struck a bird.

FlightSafety International Inc

https://registry.faa.gov/N8578Z

Date: 20-JAN-20
Time: 16:00:00Z
Regis#: N8578Z
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Operation: 91
City: VERO BEACH
State: FLORIDA

Kitfox III, N4283V: Incident occurred January 18, 2020 at Wauchula Municipal Airport (KCHN), Hardee County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Tampa, Florida

Aircraft experienced a gust of wind on landing, bounced and flipped upside down.

https://registry.faa.gov/N4283V

Date: 18-JAN-20
Time: 15:24:00Z
Regis#: N4283V
Aircraft Make: EXPERIMENTAL
Aircraft Model: KITFOX
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: WAUCHULA
State: FLORIDA

Thunder AX9-140 SII, N970TC: Accident occurred January 19, 2020 in Miami-Dade County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Florida

Balloon hit power lines.

https://registry.faa.gov/N970TC

Date: 19-JAN-20
Time: 12:45:00Z
Regis#: N970TC
Aircraft Make: BALLOON
Aircraft Model: AX9 140
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: SERIOUS
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: SIGHTSEEING
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: MIAMI
State: FLORIDA


SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Florida (WSVN) - Rescue crews took one person to the hospital following a hot air balloon crash in Southwest Miami-Dade.

According to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, a hot air balloon got tangled in power lines near Southwest 240th Street and Southwest 212th Avenue, just before 7:45 a.m., Sunday.

Power went out for homes in the area temporarily as a result, officials said, but it has since been restored.

Paramedics transported the victim to an area hospital in unknown condition.

Story and video ➤ https://wsvn.com

Cessna 185D, N1557F: Incident occurred January 17, 2020 at Davis Airport (W50), Laytonsville, Montgomery County, Maryland

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baltimore, Maryland

Aircraft experienced a ground loop on takeoff.

https://registry.faa.gov/N1557F

Date: 17-JAN-20
Time: 22:05:00Z
Regis#: N1557F
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 185
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: LAYTONSVILLE
State: MARYLAND

Cessna 172L Skyhawk, N35731: Incident occurred January 19, 2020 near Meridian Regional Airport (KMEI), Lauderdale County, Mississippi

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Jackson, Mississippi

Aircraft experienced engine problems and landed in a field.


Gibson Aviation LLC


https://registry.faa.gov/N35731


Date: 19-JAN-20

Time: 21:21:00Z
Regis#: N35731
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: 91
City: MERIDIAN
State: MISSISSIPPI






MERIDIAN, Mississippi (WTOK)- A small plane made a miracle landing after the engine shut down.

A pilot and passenger who ran out of fuel made an emergency landing one mile southeast of Meridian Regional Airport Sunday evening. The passenger said they were heading from Atlanta to Meridian.

The passenger said when it looked like they weren’t going to make it to runway they quickly made a decision to land in a homeowner's field.

“After talking to the pilot it looked like he had lost fuel and the engine had shut down. Fortunately, he was over this open field and was able to safely land. Both pilot and passenger are okay,” said LEMA director Odie Barrett.

The plane was refueled and will be back in the air Monday.

Story and video ➤ https://www.wlox.com

Embraer Phenom 300, N424QS: Incident occurred January 18, 2020 at Lincoln Airport (KLNK), Lancaster County, Nebraska

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lincoln, Nebraska

Aircraft slid off taxiway, left gear collapsed and wingtip struck the ground.

NetJets Sales Inc
Berry Petroleum Company LLC
VFTCR Corp
Mansfield Aviation LLC
Lexicon Management Group Inc
BL Air LLC
Henning Management LLC
Hamilton Point Investments LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N424QS

Date: 18-JAN-20
Time: 15:29:00Z
Regis#: N424QS
Aircraft Make: EMBRAER
Aircraft Model: EMB505
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: ON DEMAND
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 135
Flight Number: EJA424
City: LINCOLN
State: NEBRASKA

Cessna 172N Skyhawk, N73707: Accident occurred January 20, 2020 at Sunriver Airport (S21), Deschutes County, Oregon

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland, Oregon

Aircraft flipped into snowbank on landing.

Leading Edge Aviation Inc

https://registry.faa.gov/N73707

Date: 20-JAN-20
Time: 20:25:00Z
Regis#: N73707
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: SUNRIVER
State: OREGON


SUNRIVER — A small airplane crashed Monday at the Sunriver Airport, but the pilot and passenger, both from Bend, were uninjured and walked away from the crash.

The pilot was a student with Leading Edge Flight Academy, said Brandon Wright, the Sunriver Airport manager. He said he did not know whether the passenger was also a student.

“He tried to land here and had some issues,” Wright said.

Wright said he did not know the name of the pilot.

A report of the crash came in at about 12:40 p.m. The plane, a Cessna 172, could be seen upside-down next to the icy runway at the airport. Sunriver Police Department said the crash occurred as the plane was landing.

The airport closed shortly after the incident, but reopened around 3 p.m.

Only a small fuel leak was reported, but was contained shortly after the crash, Wright said.

Story and video ➤ https://www.bendbulletin.com



SUNRIVER, Oregon (KTVZ) — Two licensed pilots on a training flight escaped injury Monday afternoon in the crash of a small plane that was landing at Sunriver Airport, officials said.

The crash, reported around 12:40 p.m., left the single-engine plane on its top in the snow beside the runway at the resort’s airport, Sunriver Fire Department officials said.

The crash led to a small fuel leak that was contained.

The Cessna 172, which received its airworthiness certificate in 1976, is registered to Leading Edge Aviation, a pilot training facility located at Bend Airport, according to FAA records.

Officials told NewsChannel 21 on scene that the pilot apparently was attempting a left-turn maneuver shortly before landing, was unable to re-correct and landed in the snow bank beside the runway, where the plane flipped over, sustaining considerable damage to its wings.

The airport was closed after the crash, while crews worked to remove the plane from the snow bank. It reopened around 3 p.m.

Jack Walker, executive vice president of Leading Edge, said their investigation is just starting but that “our main concern is, he’s safe, the passenger is safe.” 

Walker said both are Bend residents and licensed pilots who were on a training flight. “The plane is in Sunriver until further notice, he added.

Story and video ➤ https://ktvz.com

Swearingen SX-300, N33SX: Incident occurred January 20, 2019 at Granbury Regional Airport (KGDJ) Hood County, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; North Texas

Aircraft landed gear up.

https://registry.faa.gov/N33SX

Date: 20-JAN-20
Time: 00:05:00Z
Regis#: N33SX
Aircraft Make: SWEARINGEN
Aircraft Model: SX300
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: GRANBURY
State: TEXAS

Team Rocket F1, N230BW: Incident occurred December 24, 2019 at Hampton Roads Executive Airport (KPVG), Norfolk, Virginia

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Richmond, Virginia

Aircraft horizontal stabilizer came off.

Mike Scott Aviation LLC

https://registry.faa.gov/N230BW

Date: 24-DEC-19
Time: 19:30:00Z
Regis#: N230BW
Aircraft Make: EXPERIMENTAL
Aircraft Model: WELLS ROCKET
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: NORFOLK
State: VIRGINIA

Cessna 150G, N4763X: Fatal accident occurred January 20, 2020 near Cherokee County Airport (KJSO), Jacksonville, Texas

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident.

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

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:  https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

https://registry.faa.gov/N4763X

Location: Jacksonville, TX
Accident Number: WPR20FA067
Date & Time: 01/20/2020, 1220 CST
Registration: N4763X
Aircraft: Cessna 150
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Aerial Observation

On January 20, 2020, about 1220 central standard time, a Cessna 150G airplane, N4763X was substantially damaged during a collision with guy wires about 8 miles north-east of Cherokee County Airport (JSO) Jacksonville, Texas. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local flight and no flight plan was filed. The flight originated from JSO at 1200.

A preliminary review of radar data revealed that the airplane's last depicted altitude at 1220:14 was about 577 ft above ground level. Physical evidence indicated that the airplane initially impacted a set of guy wires that were secured to the top of a 1,586-foot television tower, located about 1,100 ft east from the airplane wreckage. About 5 ft of the outboard section of the airplane's left wing, was located about 468 ft south of the tower. Additionally, impact marks and stripped paint found on the separated wing piece were consistent with the imprints and paint transfer from the wire. With the exception of the outboard section of the left wing and the portion of the right fuel tank, the entire wreckage was located within about a 50-ft radius of the main wreckage site. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N4763X
Model/Series: 150 G
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation:
Observation Time:
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point:
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction:
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility: 
Altimeter Setting:
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point:
Destination:

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 31.905556, -95.086667 (est)

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov. 


Keith Michael McElvain, 76, of Jacksonville, Texas 



CHEROKEE COUNTY, Texas (KLTV) - UPDATE: The Texas Department of Public Safety has released the identity of a man who was killed in a plane crash in Cherokee County.

According to DPS, around 3 p.m., they responded to the reported plane crash in a field off CR 4303. The investigators preliminary report indicates that the pilot of a Cessna 150, Keith Michael McElvain, 76, of Jacksonville had taken off from the Cherokee County Airport at approximately 12:05 PM.

DPS said it appeared the aircraft struck the guy-wires for a television tower in the Ponta area east of Jacksonville and crashed.

They said the pilot was the only occupant and was pronounced at the scene by Judge Brenda Domini and was taken to Autry Funeral Home in Jacksonville. Troopers will continue to secure the scene until investigators with the NTSB arrive tomorrow to continue the investigation.

The crash happened near the intersection of Highway 204 and CR 4303.

Sergio Servin, Cherokee County’s emergency management coordinator, confirmed Monday afternoon that a small, private plane clipped some power lines and crashed near Ponta. Servin said Texas Department of Public Safety troopers and first responders from area volunteer fire departments are en route to the scene.

Paul Stewart, who lives near where the plane crashed, provided photos of the downed aircraft. He said the plane, which was white with yellow lettering and trim, flew over his house. Stewart, who is a pilot, estimated that the small plane was flying at an altitude of about 1,200 feet.

The plane was originally heading from northwest to southeast started turning toward a nearby tower, Stewart said. He added that as soon as the plane cleared the treeline, he heard a loud bang like a gunshot, and then the engine noise stopped.

“I’m used to hearing people duck hunting, so, at first, I thought it was a shotgun,” Stewart said.

A law enforcement officer at the scene of the crash confirmed that at least one person died in the crash.

Servin said officials from the Federal Aviation Administration are on their way to the crash site.

KLTV has reached out to public information officers for the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Federal Aviation Administration.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.kltv.com




PONTA, Texas (KETK) – One person is dead after officials responded to reports of a small plane crash southeast of Jacksonville in the unincorporated town of Ponta.

The crash occurred off CR 4303 just North of CR 204 near a large tower and power lines.

A resident nearby said he heard a large boom in which he walked outside and saw the plane in the pasture.

Officials confirmed that the pilot involved in the crash died at the scene. There was no one else in the plane at the time of the crash.

The pilot was identified as Keith Michael McElvain, 76, of Jacksonville.

According to Texas DPS, McElvain took off from the Cherokee County Airport around 12:00 p.m. when he struck guide wires from a TV tower in Ponta and crashed.

The crash is still under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.

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