Sunday, May 29, 2022

Cessna 172L Skyhawk, N3842Q: Accident occurred May 28, 2022 near Canyon Lake Airport (34TS), Comal 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: Canyon Lake, Texas
Accident Number: CEN22LA222
Date and Time: May 28, 2022, 18:45 Local 
Registration: N3842Q
Aircraft: Cessna 172L 
Injuries: 3 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N3842Q
Model/Series: 172L 
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: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KBAZ,648 ft msl
Observation Time: 18:51 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 16 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 35°C /16°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 13 knots / , 150°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.74 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Canyon Lake, TX
Destination: Canyon Lake, TX

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 Serious 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 29.911908,-98.249731 

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances into a tree off the end of the runway.  

Date: 28-MAY-22
Time: 23:46:00Z
Regis#: N3842Q
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: SERIOUS
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91
State: TEXAS

A man, woman and child were hospitalized Saturday evening after their small plane crashed during an approach to Canyon Lake Airport.

Canyon Lake Fire and EMS Chief Robert Mikel said his department responded to a report of a plane that crashed just short of the airport around 6:30 p.m.

“It is unknown if the accident occurred during a landing or when taking off,” he said. “Two adults and one pediatric patient were transported to University Hospital in San Antonio with non-life threatening injuries. The three were the only reported occupants of the plane.”

Jennifer Smith, Comal County Sheriff’s Office public information officer, said deputies received the call at 6:23 p.m. and left the scene at 9:04 p.m. after the plane’s occupants were treated and transported to the hospital by ground EMS.

“The plane crashed into the property adjacent to the runway of Canyon Lake Airport,” she said Sunday morning.

Randall Smith, no relation to CCSO’s Smith and airport co-manager, referred questions to the Federal Aviation Administration, which regulates national airborne activity. Donnell Evans, FAA area public affairs specialist, provided additional information Sunday afternoon.

“A Cessna 172 crashed into a tree at the end of the runway at Canyon Lake Airport” he said. “There were three people onboard; the FAA will investigate.”

Evans said more information will be released after investigators verify the aircraft registration number. He said the FAA does not identify people involved in aircraft accidents.

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