Friday, March 18, 2016

Grumman American AA-5 Traveler, N9582L: Accident occurred March 18, 2016 near East Side Airport (3TS0), Longview, Texas 

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Dallas FSDO-05

NTSB Identification: CEN16LA128 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, March 18, 2016 in Longview, TX
Aircraft: GRUMMAN AMERICAN AVN. CORP. AA 5, registration: N9582L
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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 18, 2016, about 0807 central daylight time, a Gulfstream American AA-5 single-engine airplane, N9582L, was substantially damaged after it impacted trees and terrain during initial climb near East Side Airport (3TS0), Longview, Texas. The pilot was seriously injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual, as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Low instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) prevailed and a flight plan had not been filed. At the time of the accident the airplane was departing 3TS0 for a local flight.

A witness saw the southeast bound airplane enter low overcast clouds immediately after take-off. He heard the airplane begin a left turn and then saw the airplane exit the base of the overcast in a nose-down steep left bank. The airplane recovered, reentered the clouds, and the witness heard the sounds of impact a few minutes later. Evidence at the scene showed the airplane was northwest bound when it impacted 40 foot tall trees and then terrain, coming to rest inverted about 75 feet from the initial impact location. The impact resulted in the complete separation of the entire right wing and substantial damage to the fuselage, empennage, left wing and tail surfaces. There was a significant fuel spill, but no postimpact fire.

The closest official weather reporting station was at KGGG, Longview, Texas; located 7 miles south from the accident location, At 0753 the automated surface observation system at KGGG reported wind from 110 degrees at 5 knots, visibility 6 miles, overcast clouds at 600 feet above ground level, temperature 13 degrees Celsius (C), dew point 12 degrees C, and an altimeter setting of 29.86 inches of mercury. Data from the U. S. Naval Observatory showed that sunrise occurred at 0725.

Brian Mahan was injured when his plane crashed near East Side Airport in Longview on Friday morning.

Officials have identified a man who was injured this morning when his plane crashed in Longview.

Brian Mahan, 48, of Longview was taken to Good Shepherd Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries when trying to land shortly after taking off this morning, according to texas Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Sylvia Jennings.

The Harrison County Sheriff’s Office dispatched DPS to the scene shortly after 8 a.m. after the plane crashed near a private airstrip north of the 2600 block of East Marshall Avenue in Longview.

Longview police and fire crews were also dispatched shortly after 8 a.m.

The pilot realized after taking off that heavy cloud cover would prevent him from flying and turned around to land, Jennings said.

He circled a few times looking for the airport before the single-engine aircraft hit some trees and crashed.

Traffic was slowed in the westbound lanes of Marshall Avenue in the area as crews worked to get to the scene.

Robert Hancock, who has lived in Longview all his life, said he was at a nearby welding shop when someone said a plane was going down nearby.

Hancock knew where the airstrip was, so he headed that direction before jumping a barbwire fence and trying to find the plane.

After he jumped the fence, he hunted around until he heard the pilot.

"He yelled, and I heard it. So, i took off toward where he yelled," Hancock said. "When I got there, he was half way in the plane and half way out.”

Hancock said the pilot told him to grab his arm because he did not want to catch fire.

"You're not. You're not," Hancock said.

Hancock said he then grabbed his armed and starting pulling.

"I mean what else are you going to do," he said.

At that point, Hancock said he heard the sirens arrived and started yelling so emergency crews could hear them.

"Everybody started coming back that way, and I kept yelling until they found us," he said.

Officials have not released the pilot's name.

Police said the scene has been released to the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Federal Aviation Administration.

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A Longview man was injured in a single-engine plane crash near East Side Airport off of Highway 80 in Longview.

Brian Mahan, 49, suffered a broken leg and hip along with other non-life-threatening injuries when his plane crashed, according to his son-in-law, Kyle Williams. He was transported to Good Shepherd Hospital in Longview. 

Williams did not want to speculate on the cause of the crash. "I know he's a good pilot, he pays attention to what he's doing, always follows the procedures, so I'm not going to guess at what happened," Williams said.

According to DPS, just after 8 a.m., Mahan's plane crashed while attempting to land at a private airstrip off of Highway 80 and East Side Airport Road. 

DPS says that immediately after taking off then Mahan realized there was heavy cloud cover and he would not be able to fly. He quickly turned back around and circled a few times looking for the airport, flying low in an effort to locate the airstrip. Mahan's plane hit some trees and crashed.

Mahan was flying a 1974 fixed wing single engine aircraft registered, according FAA registration.

FAA investigators are investigating the crash.

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(KYTX) - One person was injured after a small plane crash in Longview Friday.

Crews responded to the crash around 8:00 a.m. to the 2600 block of East Marshall Avenue.

Officers located a small airplane that crashed into the wooded area near a private airport, according to Longview Police

The pilot, identified as 48-year-old Brian Mahan told authorities after he took off, he realized that there was heavy cloud cover and would not be able to fly. He quickly turned back around and circled a few times looking for the airport. The pilot was flying low in an effort to locate the airstrip. The single engine plane hit some trees and crashed.

Mahan was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

No other injuries were reported.

The FAA is investigating the crash.

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LONGVIEW, Texas (KETK)   --   Longview Police report they are responding to an airplane crash north of E Marshall Avenue in Longview.

According to police, the crash is causing traffic issues in the 2200 block of E Marshall. Authorities said the plane crashed in a wooded area near the East Side Regional Airport off Highway 80. The airport has one landing strip.

Police sent out the public notice at around 8:30 a.m. 

One person was injured in crash, but the man was conscious when first responders arrived. He has been taken to a Longview hospital. His condition is unknown, but a family says he broke his hip and leg in the crash and will undergo surgery. There are no other passengers.

A family member and DPS confirms the pilot is Brian Mahan, 48, of Longview, and has more than 20 years experience in the skies. The pilot was taking off to go fuel up his aircraft when the accident occurred, says the relative.

DPS tells KETK, Mahan realized immediately after takeoff there was heavy cloud cover and he would not be able to fly. When he turned back, the pilot circled a few times looking for the airstrip, clipped some trees and crashed.

The Texas Department of Public Safety and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are investigating the incident. The FAA says the plane involved was a 1974 single-engine Grumman AA5 at 8:15 a.m. The circumstances behind the crash are unknown.

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