Friday, November 19, 2021

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

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

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances after striking a transmission tower and caught on fire. 

Gulf Coast Helicopters Inc

Date: 19-NOV-21
Time: 19:13:00Z
Regis#: N91AZ
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 182
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Total Fatal: 1
Flight Crew 1
Pax 0
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: OTHER
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91

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.

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.