Tuesday, May 04, 2021

Beech 95-B55 (T42A), N224S: Incident occurred May 03, 2021 at Cleveland Municipal Airport (6R3), Liberty County, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lubbock, Texas

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances on landing.  

Date: 03-MAY-21
Time: 20:00:00Z
Regis#: N224S
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 95-B55
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
State: TEXAS

An Oklahoma pilot was involved in a plane crash at the Cleveland Municipal Airport, located at 17699 FM 787 East, around 3 p.m., Monday, May 3.

According to a statement from the City of Cleveland, the pilot, Darrell Smith of Duncan, Okla., was bringing the plane in for repairs when it experienced total electrical failure.

Smith was forced to perform a belly land of the Beech 95-B55 (T42A). With credit to the pilot’s skill, he was able to safely land without any injuries to himself.

Johnny Whitson with Lone Star Aircraft, located at Cleveland Municipal Airport, responded to the crash, along with other local tenants at the facility. Together they aided the pilot.

Saddle Creek Towing responded to aid in lifting the aircraft so the landing gear could be cranked down.

The crash caused the airport runway to be temporarily closed. By 7:15 p.m., it was reopened for traffic.

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