Monday, August 30, 2021

Cessna 320E Executive Skyknight, N222L: Accident occurred August 28, 2021 in Windthorst, 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 did not travel to the scene of this accident. 

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

Two Motor Odor LLC

Location: Windthorst, Texas
Accident Number: CEN21LA391
Date and Time: August 28, 2021, 19:34 Local 
Registration: N222L
Aircraft: Cessna 320E 
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On August 28, 2021, about 1934 central daylight time, a Cessna 320E airplane, N222L, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Windthorst, Texas. The pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

According to the pilot, he had recently acquired the airplane and was on the flight back to his home airport. He departed the Cox Field Airport (PRX), near Paris, Texas and flew to the Sherman Municipal Airport (SWI), Sherman, Texas, a distance of about 57 nm, where he filled all 6 fuel tanks. After fueling the airplane, he departed SWI with an intended destination of the Lubbock Executive Airpark (F82), Lubbock, Texas, a distance of about 261 nm.

About 20 minutes after departure from SWI, the pilot detected a loss of power on the right engine. He noticed that the fuel flow indication had dropped, and he activated the electric boost pump which restored power for a brief time, but then the engine again lost power. The pilot reported that he did not switch fuel tanks and subsequently shut off and feathered the right engine. He decided to divert to the Olney Municipal Airport (ONY), Olney, Texas, but was not able to maintain altitude. Upon realizing that he did not have sufficient altitude to reach ONY, he performed a forced landing to a field. He reported that the left engine continued to operate until he reduced power for the forced landing. During the landing, the airplane struck trees and the fuselage and both wings sustained substantial damage.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N222L
Model/Series: 320E
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: 
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation: KCWC,998 ft msl 
Observation Time: 19:35 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 17 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 31°C /20°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 17 knots / 22 knots, 120°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.96 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Sherman, TX (SWI)
Destination: Lubbock, TX (F82)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor 
Latitude, Longitude: 33.559235,-98.471934 (est)

WINDTHORST, Texas (KAUZ) - The Archer County Sheriff’s Office says a small plane crash occurred just outside Windthorst at around 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Authorities told News Channel Six that the pilot had complications with his twin-engine plane while flying and landed in a pasture near Pennartz Road.

No other passengers were on board and officers say the pilot said he was fine after exiting the aircraft, but was transported to United Regional as a precaution.

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