Thursday, October 07, 2021

Sea and Sky Krucker Cygnet, N38AT: Fatal accident occurred October 06, 2021 in Point Venture, Travis 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 did not travel to the scene of this accident.

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

Location: Point Venture, Texas
Accident Number: CEN22LA008
Date and Time: October 6, 2021, 19:09 Local 
Registration: N38AT
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On October 6, 2021, about 1909 central daylight time, a weight-shift control Sea and Sky Cygnet, N38AT, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Point Venture, Texas. The pilot was fatally injured. The aircraft was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

Witnesses reported they observed the aircraft flying low over the lake when it pitched up steeply. Suddenly the nose dropped, and the aircraft descended rapidly. It impacted the water in a nose low attitude and sank about 35 ft. The airframe structure sustained substantial damage.

The aircraft was recovered from the water and moved to a secure location for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: SEA and SKY INC
Registration: N38AT
Aircraft Category: Weight-shift
Amateur Built:
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Dusk
Observation Facility, Elevation: KRYW,1230 ft msl 
Observation Time: 19:15 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 7 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 25°C /10°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots / , 120°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.03 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Point Venture, TX
Destination: Point Venture, TX

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 30.3746,98.006 (est)

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation may contact them by email, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email You can also call the NTSB Response Operations Center at 844-373-9922 or 202-314-6290. 

LAKE TRAVIS, Texas — A man is dead after an aircraft he was flying crashed on Lake Travis Wednesday night. The Texas Department of Public Safety on Thursday identified the man as Don Sumner, 58.

The Travis County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Wednesday the crash happened south of Point Venture just after 7 p.m. DPS said troopers responded as well.

It was determined the aircraft lost power and crashed into the water. DPS said Sumner, who is from Lakeway, was rescued by boaters and brought on shore.

He was flown to a local hospital by STAR Flight and later pronounced dead.

The Federal Aviation Administration was contacted, according to DPS, which said the aircraft was a weight-shift control Sea and Sky Cygnet.

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