Monday, December 27, 2021

Boeing A75N1 (PT17) Stearman, N64602: Accident occurred December 25, 2021 in Rainbow, Somervell 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; North Texas

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Rainbow, Texas
Accident Number: CEN22LA088
Date and Time: December 25, 2021, 16:30 Local 
Registration: N64602
Aircraft: Boeing A75N1(PT17)
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Boeing 
Registration: N64602
Model/Series: A75N1(PT17) 
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: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: GDJ 
Observation Time: 16:35 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 8 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C /15°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Altimeter Setting: 29.94 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Granbury, TX (0TX0)
Destination: Rainbow, TX

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: 32.296997,-97.70887 (est)

A small aircraft based out of Nassau Bay Airport southeast of Granbury crashed on Christmas afternoon in the Brazos River in Somervell County, resulting in the pilot and a passenger being transported to an area hospital for treatment of injuries.

Department of Public Safety Sgt. Ricky Hunter provided the Hood County News with information on Monday from the preliminary investigation:

The aircraft is described in Trooper Hunter’s report as a Boeing A75N1 (PT17) Stearman that was “flying low and struck a power line at approximately 4:30” Saturday afternoon before crashing into the river.

The new release also states, “The 60-year-old pilot, Michael Sager, and a 73-year-old passenger, Dorothy Sager, were flown by air ambulance to a Fort Worth area hospital with undisclosed injuries.”

Both Michael Sager and Dorothy Sager are Granbury-area residents, according to the report.

“The Federal Aviation Administration will be conducting an investigation into the crash,” Hunter’s news release continues. “No additional information is available from DPS.”  


  1. Hope they make a full recovery, and tip of the hat to the original design for the high-standoff upper wing that precluded drowning.

  2. Is it just me, or does the aircraft seem way out of scale in that picture??

    1. Nope, it's not just you. At first glance I thought it was a giant 1/5 scale R/C model of a Stearman. It just looks all wrong in perspective of both the foreground and background, so it's not a long distance zoom illusion. I've never a photo like this throwing scale off so much.

  3. I miss them flying over lake Granbury nearly every weekend. Don't know them, but hope to see them in the skies soon.