Friday, April 01, 2022

SkyStar Kitfox Series 7, N789RB: Fatal accident occurred March 31, 2022 in Crowell, Foard 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: Crowell, Texas
Accident Number: CEN22LA163
Date and Time: March 31, 2022, 09:38 Local
Registration: N789RB
Aircraft: Kitfox 7 
Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On March 31, 2022, about 0938 central daylight time, a Kitfox Series 7 airplane, N789RB, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Crowell, Texas. The private pilot and passenger sustained fatal injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The brother of the pilot and the father of the passenger, who is also a pilot, observed the accident flight. He reported that the airplane departed from a dirt strip at the pilot’s residence in Crowell around 0900. The pilot was in the left seat and the passenger was in the right seat of the airplane.

The airplane took off from the dirt strip and flew over Crowell. The airplane then came back to the dirt strip, to do a low pass. The airplane flew slow over the dirt strip to the northwest. The airplane then climbed out to the left, it was about 650 ft off the ground, when the airplane “stalled,” the left wing dropped, and the nose went straight down. The airplane impacted rolling prairie and a postimpact fire destroyed the airplane.

The witness reported that the pilot was flying “low and slow,” the airplane “stalled,” the pilot lost control while in flight, and there was no altitude for recovery. He additionally reported that the engine was working fine during the entire flight and there was nothing mechanically wrong with the engine.

At the time of the accident, the witness reported the temperature was about 70°F, the wind was coming from the northwest, the wind speed was about 8-9 mph with no gusts, and the visibility was clear.

The Federal Aviation Administration responded to the accident site to document and examine the wreckage.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Kitfox
Registration: N789RB
Model/Series: 7 NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
Operator: On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KF05,1265 ft msl 
Observation Time: 09:35 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 27 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 10°C /5°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots / , 300°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.93 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Crowell, TX
Destination: Crowell, TX

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Fatal 
Aircraft Fire: On-ground
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 33.999904,-99.75698 (est)

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation may contact them by email, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email You can also call the NTSB Response Operations Center at 844-373-9922 or 202-314-6290.

Ronny Dale Baize
August 19, 1960 - March 31, 2022

Ronny Baize, 61, passed away Thursday, March 31, 2022 in Foard County. A memorial service is planned for 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 6th at the Crowell Church of Christ under the direction of Smith Funeral Home. Mr. Larry Ellis will officiate.

Ronny Dale Baize was born August 19, 1960 in Clarksville, Tennessee to Johnny Brandt Baize and Donna Norris Baize. He had lived in Crowell since 1962, and graduated from Crowell High School in 1979. He married Debra Walker on April 4, 1998. Ronny was a member of the Church of Christ and the Crowell Masonic Lodge. He was a self-employed custom harvester and owner of Baize Storage Units.

Survivors include his wife, Debra Baize of Crowell; 1 son, Rodney Murphy Baize and wife Corina of Crowell; 1 daughter Ashley Elizabeth and husband Oat Deweber of Deer Creek, Texas; mother, Donna Baize of Crowell; 8 grandchildren, Trent Baize, Brayden Baize, Grace Baize, Gavin Baize, Owen Baize, Darlynn Deweber, Dalleigh Deweber, and Daycie Deweber; his twin brother, Johnny Brandt Baize II and wife Vonda Sue of St. Cloud, Florida; 2 sisters, Tanja Gail Oster and husband John of Caddo Mills, and Paula Dee Anne Moore and husband Michael Wayne of Thalia, Texas.

Claburn Zane Baize
May 20, 1986 - March 31, 2022

Zane Baize, 35, was taken much too soon, on March 31, 2022 in Foard County, Texas. A memorial service is planned for 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 6th at Crowell Church of Christ under the direction of Smith Funeral Home. Mr. Larry Ellis will officiate.

Claburn Zane Baize was born May 20, 1986, in Dallas, Texas, to Johnny Brandt Baize, II and Vonda Ann Sparks Baize. He and Kristal Ann McIntee were married on January 19, 2017 in Kissimmee, Florida. He was a proud and loving father of two children, Teegan Faye Baize and Bowen Zane Baize. They were his everything. He was also an amazing husband, son & brother, with a bright personality, full of wit and humor.  Zane was a member of the Church of Christ; the Florida Realtors Association and Osceola Realtors Association.

Survivors include his wife, Kristal Ann Baize of Kissimmee, Florida; daughter, Teegan Faye Baize; son, Bowen Zane Baize; 1 brother, Johnny Brandt Baize, III and wife Stephany Elizabeth Baize of St. Petersburg, Florida; parents, Johnny Brandt Baize, II and wife Vonda Ann Baize of St. Cloud, Florida; paternal grandmother, Donna Baize of Crowell; maternal grandparents, Doyle and Yvonne Sparks of Wichita Falls, Texas; and in-laws, Mike and Sue McIntee of Haines City, Florida.

FOARD COUNTY, Texas  — The victims of a fatal aircraft crash just outside of Crowell Thursday morning have been identified.

According to authorities, one victim has been identified as Ronnie Baize, 59, of Crowell, a businessman and former candidate for Foard County Judge.

The other victim has been identified as Zane Baize, 35, Ronnie Baize’s nephew from Kissimmee, Florida.

In a Preliminary Accident and Incident Data Notice released on April 1, the Federal Aviation Administration said that the aircraft was flying at a low altitude and a gust of wind forced the aircraft to the ground and it caught on fire.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety Sergeant Dan Buesing, the crash happened around 9:40 a.m. on Thursday, March 31, 2022 in Foard County just northwest of Crowell near County Road 411 and County Road 415.

According to authorities, the plane that went down was possibly an ultra-light craft. Sgt. Buesing said the aircraft caught fire upon impact and burned.

The FAA is currently still investigating the incident to come up with a final report which could take months to complete.