Friday, May 20, 2022

Bellanca 14-19-2 Cruisemaster, N7655B: Accident occurred May 19, 2022 at Gainesville Municipal Airport (KGLE), Cooke County, Texas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; North Texas

Aircraft landed landing gear up and slid down runway, aircraft consumed by fire. 

Date: 19-MAY-22
Time: 21:48:00Z
Regis#: N7655B
Aircraft Make: BELLANCA
Aircraft Model: 14
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
State: TEXAS


  1. "No injuries were reported after a plane caught fire Thursday at the Gainesville Municipal Airport. City officials said a 1957 Bellanca Single-Engine aircraft crashed when the pilot failed to extend the landing gear during his approach to Runway 18 around 4:30 p.m.. The aircraft subsequently caught fire on the runway, according the city’s press release." @ gainesvilleregister
    Wooden wings and a steel frame fuselage and tail surfaces, all covered with fabric.104 of these aircraft were produced between 1957 and 1958. sad loss.l

  2. The 14-19 series and the early Vikings had a fuel strainer configuration that made the strainer itself the low point of the airplane in a gear up landing. Most have long since been modified, but perhaps not this one. I'm glad the pilot was able to get out of the airplane, but saddened to see a fine wood wing Bellanca reduced to ash.

  3. This plane lived just a few hangars away from me…crazy. My plane has been in maintenance so I’ve not been to the airport for a few weeks. Hits close to home.