Wednesday, May 04, 2022

North American AT-6D Texan, N29947: Accident occurred April 30, 2022 at Gillespie County Airport (T82), Fredericksburg, 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

Cavanaugh Flight Museum


Location: Fredericksburg, Texas
Accident Number: CEN22LA187
Date and Time: April 30, 2022, 13:00 Local
Registration: N29947
Aircraft: North American AT-6D 
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On April 30, 2022, about 1300 central daylight time, a North American AT-6D airplane, N29947, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident at Gillespie County Airport (T82), Fredericksburg, Texas. The pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot stated that before the flight, he completed a preflight inspection and engine run-up with no anomalies noted. During the initial climb, immediately after the landing gear was retracted, the pilot noticed white smoke from the engine cowling. A few seconds later the engine “coughed loudly” and experienced a total loss of power. Since they were still over the runway, he extended the landing gear, then retracted them again. The airplane landed with the right main gear extended and the left main gear partially extended. The airplane exited the end of the runway, collided with a runway light, then yawed to the right. The airplane came to rest upright, and the pilot and passenger egressed without further incident.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing and left aileron. The airplane has been retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: North American 
Registration: N29947
Model/Series: AT-6D 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operator: 
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: KT82,1695 ft msl 
Observation Time: 13:15 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C /18°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 3800 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 360°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 6000 ft AGL
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.91 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Fredericksburg, TX 
Destination: Fredericksburg, TX

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 30.249215,-98.913705

Aircraft on departure, lost power midfield and settle back down gear up. 

Date: 30-APR-22
Time: 19:20:00Z
Regis#: N29947
Aircraft Make: NORTH AMERICAN
Aircraft Model: AT-6D
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: FREDERICKSBURG
State: TEXAS