Tuesday, March 01, 2022

Cessna 208B, N108RF: Accident occurred February 28, 2022 at 74 Ranch Airport (0XA5), Campbellton, Atascosa 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

Randigo LLC

Location: Campbellton, Texas
Accident Number: CEN22LA134
Date and Time: February 28, 2022, 12:53 Local
Registration: N108RF
Aircraft: Cessna 208B
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Aerial observation

On February 28, 2022, about 1253 central standard time, a Cessna 208B airplane, N108RF, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Campbellton, Texas. The pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 aerial observation flight.

The pilot reported that he started the day at San Marcos Regional Airport (HYI) and flew east toward Houston for a survey. About one hour and 10 minutes later, he then flew an hour southeast and started a second survey. After about three hours of total flight time, he proceeded to the Pleasanton Municipal Airport (PEZ) to get fuel. During the descent, the “left fuel low” light illuminated in the cockpit, and shortly thereafter the “reservoir fuel low” light illuminated. The pilot ensured the fuel tanks, fuel pump, and igniters were on, and he redirected to a nearby private strip. Soon after, the airplane’s engine began to lose power. The pilot increased the throttle, but the engine lost complete power. The airplane descended rapidly when it struck several trees and touched down on an upsloping field short of the runway. The wing spar in the airplane’s left wing sustained substantial damage.

The pilot further reported that he last refueled the airplane the day before the accident at Ozona Municipal Airport (OZA). He then flew the airplane a little over one hour to HYI to prepare for the accident flight.

The airplane was recovered for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N108RF
Model/Series: 208B 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
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: KPEZ,430 ft msl
Observation Time: 12:55 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 17 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C /-7°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 200°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.35 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Austin, TX (HYI)
Destination: Pleasanton, TX (PEZ)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 28.68538,-98.38311

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