Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Aviat Husky A-1A, N111XJ: Accident occurred December 09, 2021 in Saint Jo, Montague 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; Irving, Texas

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Location: St. Jo, Texas
Accident Number: CEN22LA076
Date and Time: December 9, 2021, 16:52 Local
Registration: N111XJ
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On December 9, 2021, about 1652 central daylight time, an Aviat Aircraft A-1A, N111XJ, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near St. Jo, Texas. The pilot received minor injuries and the passenger received serious injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part91 personal flight.

According to the pilot, while in cruise flight the engine lost power. He executed a forced landing to a field and the airplane nosed over.

Subsequent to the accident it was noted that the bottom of the fuselage was covered with oil.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Registration: N111XJ
Model/Series: A-1A 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: 
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation: KNFW, 608 ft msl
Observation Time: 16:52 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 6 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C /12°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 20000 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , 140°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 25000 ft AGL
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.76 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Serious 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 32.694828,-97.522525 (est)

MONTAGUE COUNTY, Texas — The Texas Department of Public Safety has identified two hospitalized occupants of a small plane that crashed near Saint Jo Thursday afternoon.

John Irving, the pilot of the plane, and Donald White, a passenger, both of Denton, Texas, were hospitalized following the crash.

Around 5 p.m. Thursday, December 9, a single-engine plane crashed north of Saint Jo, off of Cobb Hollow Road.

According to DPS Sgt. Dan Buesing, both Irving and White were transported with non-life-threatening injuries.

The cause of the crash is believed to be possible engine failure.

An Federal Aviation Administration crash investigation team is expected to be on the scene Friday, December 10.

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