Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Piper PA22-150, N6916D: Accident occurred January 14, 2022 near Lamesa Municipal Airport (KLUV), Dawson 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; Lubbock, Texas

Location: Lamesa, Texas
Accident Number: CEN22LA108
Date and Time: January 14, 2022, 19:35 Local 
Registration: N6916D
Aircraft: Piper PA-22-150 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper 
Registration: N6916D
Model/Series: PA-22-150 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
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Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
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Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

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Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 32.7376,101.951 (est)

DAWSON COUNTY, Texas (KCBD) - A 70-year-old man has only minor injuries after crashing a small plane in a desolate area in West Texas.

The crash happened on the evening of January 13, 2022, about 15 miles east of Lamesa, Texas. It was around 7:30 p.m. when the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office received the call.

The Lubbock Civil Air Patrol reports it was alerted to a missing plane on Jan. 14. The pilot, 70-year-old Dennis Harrington, walked to a distant road to get help. The Dawson County Sheriff’s Office found him, but Harrington could not tell them where the plane crashed.

Sgt. Steven Blanco with DPS says Harrington was able to look up a map on his cell phone before he lost reception and knew the closest major roadway was Hwy. 180. He was able to call for help. He reported he lost control of the plane. He was flying from Addison, Texas to Hobbs, NM and was trying to land at the Lamesa airport to refuel.

Dawson County Sheriff Matt Hogg says a deputy, one person from EMS and one person from Fire drove on Hwy. 180, then began walking north to the last known location of the plane. Sheriff Hogg says the team reported they walked about 3.5 miles before finding Harrington. He was taken to the Medical Arts Hospital in Lamesa and had minor injuries.

Civil Air Patrol Commander Kyle Vernon says Harrington walked South for two hours over the rough terrain with steep drop-offs. The sun had already set when the plane crashed.

Because of the high winds and blowing dirt in the area, DPS could not use its helicopter to help find the crashed plane. DPS reports the Dawson County Sheriff’s Department, EMS and Fire were able to find the plane the next day with the help of the Lubbock Civil Air Patrol.

A ground-team member from Lubbock used a personal drone and was able to find the downed plane in a single flight, which helped the team eliminate 40 percent of the search area.

The plane was found around sunset.

LAMESA, Texas — The Texas Department of Public Safety said a pilot suffered minor injuries in a plane crash Friday evening along the Dawson/Borden county line, 15 miles east of Lamesa.

“The pilot was flying from Addison … to Hobbs,” DPS said. “The pilot was attempting to land at the Lamesa Municipal Airport to refuel. While descending the pilot lost control of the plane and crash landed.”

DPS said there were high winds at the time. The pilot was identified as Dennis Harrington, 70, of Hobbs. The plane was described as a Piper PA-22-150 Tri-Pacer.

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