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de Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth, N5300: Accident occurred January 23, 2022 in Lampasas 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; San Antonio, Texas

Location: Lampasas, Texas
Accident Number: CEN22LA106
Date and Time: January 23, 2022, 17:28 Local
Registration: N5300
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On January 23, 2022, about 1728 central standard time, a de Havilland Tiger Moth DH-82A, N5300, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Lampasas, Texas. The pilot and passenger received minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that about 20 minutes into the pleasure flight the engine began to run rough and he immediately turned the airplane back toward the departure airport, checked that the fuel was on, mixture was rich, and the throttle was open. The engine continued to lose power and he decided to divert to a different private airport.

As the airplane approached the private airport, the pilot felt that the airplane was too high and he turned the airplane. During the turn he realized that he had misjudged the height and decided that completing the turn was not a good idea and leveled the wings and committed to going straight ahead from that point. The area where the airplane landed was terraced and as it touched down the airplane hit one of the terraced areas, then skipped across and nosed over, and came to rest inverted. The engine was producing partial power but not enough to maintain altitude throughout the whole event.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: DEHAVILLAND 
Registration: N5300
Model/Series: TIGER MOTH DH 82A
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: KLZZ,1214 ft msl 
Observation Time: 17:35 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 3 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 13°C /1°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , 210°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 4400 ft AGL
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.09 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Lampasas, TX (LZZ)
Destination: Lampasas, TX

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor 
Latitude, Longitude: 31.072856,-98.233153

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