Friday, November 19, 2021

Cessna 182Q Skylane, N91AZ: Fatal accident occurred November 19, 2021 in Carlsbad, Eddy County, New Mexico

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 Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Lubbock, Texas
Textron; Wichita, Kansas 
Gulf Coast Helicopters Inc; Pearland, Texas

Gulf Coast Helicopters Inc

Location: Carlsbad, New Mexico
Accident Number: WPR22FA043
Date and Time: November 19, 2021, 11:30 Local 
Registration: N91AZ
Aircraft: Cessna 182Q 
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Aerial observation

On November 19, 2021, about 1130 mountain standard time, a Cessna 182Q Skylane, N91AZ, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Carlsbad, New Mexico. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 aerial observation flight.

The pilot departed Odessa Airport-Schlemeyer Field (KODO) Odessa, Texas about 0930 central standard time for an aerial pipeline and oil well survey, with an intended destination of Gaines County Airport, (KGNC), Seminole, Texas.

The accident airplane was found about 12 nm northwest of Carlsbad, New Mexico on a dirt field at a field elevation of about 3,300 ft mean sea level. All four corners of the airplane were accounted for at the accident site. The first point of impact (FPI) was identified by a 50-foot-long section of a radio tower and several broken guy wires attached to their respective ground anchor about 240 ft north of the radio tower. The right wing was in 2 sections; the outboard section of the right wing was located about 60 ft north of the tower while the inboard section was located about 620 ft west of the tower. A debris path was marked by broken pieces of tower structure and red colored light bulb covers, also from the tower, that were scattered throughout the debris field from the tower to the main wreckage site. An impact scar was in the debris path about 30 ft north of the main wreckage.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N91AZ
Model/Series: 182Q 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
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: KCNM,3232 ft msl
Observation Time: 10:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 17 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 11°C /-9°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / , 160°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.26 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Company VFR
Departure Point: Odessa, TX (KODO)
Destination: Seminole, TX (KGNC)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: On-ground
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: Unknown
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 32.572583,-104.09251 (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.

Michael Austin Kozlovsky
May 3, 1994 – November 19, 2021

Austin was born in Austin, Texas as the second born and youngest child to parents Ben and Melissa. A curious and determined boy who looked up to his older brother Travis, his very best friend throughout his life.

He grew up in Burnet, Texas and followed his lifelong dream of becoming an air pilot (helicopter and plane) and explored many miles by air and land. He traveled to many cities across the US and also London. In the short life on earth, he made everyday count. He died too young but was doing what he loved most, flying the skies above.

Just days before his death, he accepted his dream job as a captain for a commercial jet airline, and would have started in January.

Austin was a very special son, grandson, nephew, brother, cousin and friend. Relationships were an important part of his life and he always made time to be with those he cared for.

He is survived by his parents, Ben and Kelly Kozlovsky of Galveston, Melissa and Anthony Adamcik of Burnet, grandparents, Michael Robertson and girlfriend, Suzy Glover of Burnet, Delta and Frank Thurman of Burnet, Jim and Mary Shipwash of Austin. His brothers, Travis Kozlovsky and fiancé, Kelly Thomas of Spicewood, David Gibson and wife, Coral of Spring Branch, Justin Gibson of Conroe, Kullen Adamcik of Burnet, Tristan Adamcik and Ethan Adamcik, both of Fulshear. Also survived by aunts and uncles, Mason Robertson of Austin, Ladd and Jacqui Adamcik of Cedar Park, Kristine and Bob Hitson of Austin, Tommy Maher of Austin, Anthony Kozlovsky and Stacey Jennings of Farmersville, and Sonya Kozlovsky of Lago Vista. Austin is preceded in death by grandparents, Cynthia Robertson and Ben and Bobbie Kozlovsky, aunt, Staci Adamcik and cousin, Caitlin Roberts.

A celebration of his life will be held at 11AM on Thursday, December 2nd at Hill Country Fellowhip, 200 Houston Clinton Drive in Burnet, Texas.

A 27-year-old Texas man died in a plane crash near Carlsbad November 19, said New Mexico State Police.

NMSP spokesperson Dusty Francisco said Michael Kozlovsky of Burnet, Texas was the pilot of the a Cessna airplane that crashed into a communications tower east of Carlsbad about 11:45 a.m.

Kozlovsky was found dead at the scene.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration website, the plane crashed under unknown circumstances after striking the tower and caught on fire near Mangum and Burton Flats roads.

Kozlovsky was a on personal flight and filed a flight plan with the Lubbock Flight Standards District Office (FSDO), read the FAA website.

The plane's registered owner was Gulf Coast Helicopters of Pearland, Texas, the FAA's website indicated.

The company performs pipeline inspections, aerial surveys for oil and gas projects, airborne leak detections and air charter services, per the company's website.

The company had no comment on Kozlovsky's death or the crash.

The FAA said Kozlovsky's plane was destroyed in the crash and he was the only one on board.

NMSP was leading the investigation into the death, was assisted at the scene of the crash by multiple local agencies including the Carlsbad Fire Department, Eddy County Emergency Services and Eddy County Sheriff's Office.

Data from the FAA showed the incident could be the first plane crash reported in Carlsbad in the last decade.

There were two crashes in Artesia reported to the FAA's crash database since 2011. In April 2011, a Piper plane reportedly suffered minor damage during its landing at Artesia Municipal Airport, per the FAA.

In March 2016, an Air Tractor agricultural plane was also reported to have sustained minor damage during an inflight maneuver.

The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed a plane crashed northeast of Carlsbad late Friday morning, resulting in one death.

The name of the deceased was not released to the media.

The Cessna 182Q Skylane crashed around 11:43 a.m., read a statement from the  Federal Aviation Administration. Only one person, the pilot, was aboard the plane. Investigators are working to verify the aircraft registration number. 

"The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate," read the statement.

New Mexico State Police Spokesperson Dusty Francisco confirmed the single death in the incident. State police and Eddy County Sheriff's deputies responded to the call of the plane crash around 11:45 a.m. north of Burton Flats Road.

Francisco said emergency personnel were on scene around 12:30 p.m. and the Federal Aviation Administration was notified. 

Carlsbad Fire Department Chief Rick Lopez said the plane hit a radio tower past the intersection of Burton Flats and Magnum Road.

"At this point we're done. We came out to render medical aid," Lopez said.


  1. ADS-B track here:

  2. Same kind of tracks the previous days looks like some kind of surveying work.


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