Saturday, March 26, 2016

Grumman AA-1B Trainer, N8883L: Accident occurred March 26, 2016 near Stephenville Clark Regional Airport (KSEP), Stephenville, Erath County, Texas

NTSB Identification: CEN16LA134

14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, March 26, 2016 in Stephenville, TX
Aircraft: GRUMMAN AMERICAN AVN. CORP. AA 1B, registration: N8883L
Injuries: 2 Minor.

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. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On March 26, 2016, about 1115 central daylight time, a Grumman American Aviation Corp. AA 1B airplane, N8883L, impacted terrain during a forced landing near Stephenville, Texas, following a loss of engine power. The pilot and his passenger sustained minor injuries. The airplane was substantially damaged during the forced landing. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations 91 personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed along the route of flight about the time of the accident, and the flight was not operating on a flight plan. The flight originated from the Dallas Executive Airport, near Dallas, Texas, about 0958 and was destined for the Stephenville Clark Regional Airport (SEP), near Stephenville, Texas.

According to initial information, the pilot reported an engine power loss occurred before the forced landing. The pilot and passenger were subsequently transported to a hospital.

The pilot held a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) private pilot certificate with an airplane single engine land rating. The pilot held a FAA third-class medical certificate that was issued in January of 2016.

N8883L was a 1974 model Grumman American Aviation Corp. AA 1B, low-wing, fixed-tricycle landing gear, two-place monoplane with serial number AA1B-0383. The airplane was powered by a Lycoming engine. The airplane's fuel system utilized a tubular main wing spar comprised of a two-cell fuel tank (one cell in each wing). Each fuel cell held 12 gallons of fuel, of which, 11 gallons were considered usable. Fuel quantity was indicated by vertical sight gauges on the left and right cabin walls, each sight gauge corresponded to the respective side fuel cell.

At 1115, the recorded weather at SEP was: Wind from 190 degrees at 8 knots: visibility 10 statute miles; sky condition clear; temperature 18 degrees C; dew point 9 degrees C; altimeter 29.95 inches of mercury.

A father and son are recovering after a small plane crash near the airport in Stephenville late Saturday morning.

The Texas Department of Public Safety told NBC DFW that the pilot, 40-year-old Richard Abila, and his son, 17-year-old Aaron Abila, survived the crash. 

Emergency crews took them to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, where they are being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

DPS said the two left a Dallas area airport earlier in the morning. They were on approach to Clark Field Municipal Airport around 11:00 a.m. when the 1974 Grumman Lynx ran out of fuel. The plane landed nose down near some horse trailers. It crashed a mile away from the airport.

The pilot and father Richard Abila ejected from the plane. DPS said emergency crews had to cut his son Richard out of the aircraft.

Both father and son are from Stephenville.

This is one of three plane crashes in North Texas on Saturday. A plane crashed next to a runway at the Addison airport. Another aircraft went down at Lake Dallas on Saturday afternoon.

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It was a close call for a father and son Saturday, when the single engine airplane they were traveling in crashed near Lewis Trailers about 11 a.m. after running out of fuel.

The 1974 Grumman Lynx was piloted by Stephenville resident Richard Abila, 40, who was traveling with his son Aaron Abila, 17, a junior at Stephenville High School.

"They were traveling from Dallas when the airplane ran out of fuel and crashed," said DPS spokesman Dub Gillum.

The pair was transported by air to John Peter Smith Hospital with serious, but non-life threatening injuries. 

Original article can be found here:

STEPHENVILLE (March 26, 2016) – Richard Abila, 40 of Stephenville, and his son Aaron, 17 a Stephenville High School student, were headed from Dallas when their red and white 1974 Grumman Lynx ran out of fuel and crashed near the Lewis Trailer facility, just a mile from the airport in Stephenville, hitting three trailers before coming to a stop.

According to DPS and Erath County officials, Richard Abila, who was flying the plane, coasted down in an attempt to land, but the small aircraft flipped. Richard was ejected upon impact, but Aaron had to be extracted from the plane by first responders.

Both were transported via air ambulances to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth with non life-threatening injuries. Erath County Volunteer Fire Rescue, Erath County EMS, Erath County Sheriff’s Office and other first responders joined investigators from the Clark Municipal Field Airport in Stephenville and from the FAA on scene Saturday afternoon.

Officials said not much else is known at this time as the investigation is still ongoing.

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