Monday, May 9, 2016

American Champion 8GCBC Scout, Parker GCBC LLC, N326JH: Incident occurred May 09, 2016 at Hale County Airport (KPVW), Plainview, Texas



PARKER GCBC LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N326JH

Strong wind gusts were being blamed for a small plane crash that left one person injured but another unscathed Monday afternoon in Hale County.

The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the crash of the single-engine plane that was attempting to take off about 1:30 p.m. from the Hale County airport, according to FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford and the Texas Department of Public Safety.

The plane had two occupants. One suffered minor injuries and the other was not injured.

Texas DPS Cpl. John Gonzalez said the plane’s pilot suffered minor injuries, mostly to his face, due to the plane crashing into the ground just after take off. He said the plane was departing the Hale County airport after refueling when a strong gust of wind forced triggered the crash. Neither he nor Lunsford had additional details about the plane’s occupants.

The plane is listed as an American Champion 8GCBC Scout manufactured in 2008 and registered out of Dover, Delaware, according to its FAA registry information provided by Lunsford.

Lunsford said FAA investigators were en route to the scene late Monday and a full investigation would commence.

The Plainview Daily Herald reported the two men in the plane had stopped for fuel at Rocket Aviation before taking off for New Mexico.

Airport officials said their particular type of Scout airplane was built for soft, short takeoffs. Going west into the wind, the plane attempted to take off on an area of grass adjacent to the runway.

Wind gusts up to 41 mph reportedly caused the pilot to lose control once the plane left the ground, according to the Herald.

The plane made a hard landing, snapping the left wing. The pilot and passenger were able to walk away from the plane and call for help.

Original article can be found here:   http://lubbockonline.com

Two airplane occupants appeared to have suffered only bumps and bruises after their single-engine airplane crashed immediately after take-off Monday afternoon at the Hale County Airport. 

Though the Department of Public Safety has yet to release names of the pilot and passenger, the two men had reportedly stopped for fuel at Rocket Aviation before taking off for New Mexico. 

Airport officials said their particular type of American Champion 8GCBC Scout was built for soft, short takeoffs. 

Going west into the wind, the plane attempted to take-off on an area of grass adjacent to the runway just before 1:30 p.m. 

Wind gusts up to 41 mph reportedly caused the pilot to lose control once the plane left the ground.

The plane made a hard landing, snapping the left wing.

The pilot and passenger were able to walk away of the plane and call for help. 

DPS officers were at the scene Monday afternoon awaiting arrival of a team from the National Transportation Safety Board.

Original article can be found here:http://www.myplainview.com

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