Wednesday, June 02, 2021

PZL-104 Wilga 35A, N124MS: Fatal accident occurred May 29, 2021 at Pearland Regional Airport (KLVJ), Brazoria County, Texas

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. 

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

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

Colonel Mustard Aviation LLC

Location: Pearland, TX
Accident Number: CEN21FA239
Date & Time: May 29, 2021, 14:51 Local
Registration: N124MS
Aircraft: PZL Warszawa-Okecie PZL-104
Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On May 29, 2021, at 1451 central daylight time, a PZL Warszawa-Okecie PZL-104 airplane, N124MS, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident at the Pearland Regional Airport (LVJ), Pearland, Texas. The pilot was fatally injured; the passenger was seriously injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) data indicated that the flight departed the Texas Gulf Coast Regional Airport (LBX) at 1406. The airplane proceeded east and overflew a portion of Galveston Island before it turned north to LVJ. The pilot entered a left downwind for runway 14 and completed a continuous left turn from downwind to final approach. The final ADS-B data point was
recorded at 1451:00 as the airplane was on short final, about 51 ft from the runway arrival threshold. ADS-B data was not available for the accident sequence.

Airport surveillance video footage depicted the airplane during the downwind to final turn. The airplane appeared to be in a stabilized decent during that time. As the airplane reached short final, the camera field of view was obstructed by a hangar on the airport. When the airplane re-entered the field of view, the airplane was in a landing flare. Shortly after the airplane appeared to settle onto the
runway, it veered abruptly to the right and it exited the runway pavement. The airplane subsequently encountered a ditch located between the runway and the parallel taxiway. The airplane dropped into the ditch momentarily, reappeared on the opposite side, and came to rest.

The runway exhibited scuffing marks consistent with being formed by the main wheels beginning near the end of the touchdown (1,000-foot) markers (Figures 1-3). They proceeded in a righthand arc to the edge of the pavement and continued into the grass area adjacent to the runway. A small scuff mark began near the edge of the pavement and appeared consistent with being formed by the tail wheel. The tracks continued through the grass to the edge of the ditch running parallel to the runway. Ground impact marks were located on the opposite (rising embankment) side of the ditch in line with the tire marks. A second ground impact mark was located on the opposite side of the ditch immediately adjacent to the parallel taxiway. 

The airplane came to rest upright oriented on a south heading. The engine was separated and located along the taxiway near the airframe. The two-blade, wooden propeller was fragmented. The forward fuselage was crushed aft and deformed downward (Figures 4 & 5) consistent with impact to the ditch.

The main landing gear had collapsed.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: PZL Warszawa-Okecie
Registration: N124MS
Model/Series: PZL-104 Wilga 35 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: LVJ,44 ft msl
Observation Time: 14:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0.5 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 30°C /18°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.96 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Angleton, TX (LBX)
Destination: Pearland, TX (LVJ)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Serious 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Serious 
Latitude, Longitude: 29.52238,-95.243925 

Figure 1 – Runway Environment

Figure 2 – Runway Pavement / Grass Apron

Figure 3 – Grass Apron / Ditch

Figure 4 – Accident Airplane (Post-Recovery)

Figure 5 – Accident Airplane (Post-Recovery) 

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PEARLAND, Texas (KTRK) -- Investigators are working to determine the cause of a plane crash that killed the pilot and injured a lone passenger in Pearland on Saturday afternoon.

According to authorities, a small plane coming from Alvin had landed at Pearland Regional Airport around 2:45 p.m. when it happened.

Sgt. Richard Standifer with the Texas Department of Public Safety said the landing seemed to be okay just moments before the fatal plane crash killed a pilot in Pearland on Saturday.

The PZL-104 Wilga 35A was reportedly able to land on the runway before officials believe the landing gear became problematic, causing the aircraft to crash into a nearby embankment, according to Sgt. Richard Standifer with the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Investigators said there was severe damage to the front of the fuselage and reported that the floorboard was almost touching the plane's instrument panel after the crash.

The pilot, identified as Marcus Granger, 58, was pronounced dead at the scene. The 38-year-old woman, who is believed to be the pilot's wife, was able to walk away from the crash before being transported to Clear Lake Regional Hospital with serious injuries.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

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