FedExHeavy From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 226 posts, RR: 1 Posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3538 times:
Article from the San Angelo Standard Times
Two survive small plane crash at Boys Ranch
By ERIN QUINN and JARED SCHROEDER
January 24, 2003
"Two people survived when a small FedEx plane apparently clipped some power lines and tumbled to the ground Friday morning.
The Cessna C208B, single engine plane landed upside down in a field about 50 yards from the entrance to the West Texas Boys Ranch.
"From what I can tell from the damage, they tumbled after they hit power lines and a fence," said Department of Public Safety Officer Richard Treece.
Shannon AirMed1 airlifted one person to the hospital with an apparent head injury and a second, who appeared to have less serious injuries, was transported by ambulance to a San Angelo hospital.
Both passengers were conscious when officials arrived at the scene. Officials were not certain where the pilots were from. The plane had taken off from Mathis Field, crashing about 12 miles after takeoff.
The plane was on a training flight and wasn’t carrying any cargo, said Sally Davenport, a FedEx spokesperson.
While FedEx owns the plane, it was leased to Baron Aviation.
"What we do is lease these planes to individual operators," Davenport said. "It’s their (Baron) employees that were flying the plane."
National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration officials had left San Antonio soon after the crash and were expected at the site early in the afternoon. The officials must investigate the accident because it was a commercial flight.
Numerous emergency personnel responded to the crash site. The ranch is about 15 miles southwest of San Angelo.
The Tom Green County Sheriff’s Department received the first call at 10:18 a.m. Personnel from San Angelo police and fire departments, Goodfellow Air Force Base, the Department of Public Safety, San Angelo REACT and a number of area volunteer fire departments joined the sheriff’s department at the site.
A crew with AEP/West Texas Utilities also was on the scene to repair damage to the power lines."
Great news that they got out of there with there lives, this is some major news for a town out in the middle of nowhere like San Angelo is, probably the reason why this hasn't made the major stations. I know the weather was poor this morning but clipping power lines?, that's fancy flying.
Have a nice day!
Lt-AWACS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3509 times:
Hmmm glad no one died. I am leaving to drive down to San Angelo to see my mom in a little bit, I will go out Saturday morning and see what I can see 'so to speak'. The WTB Ranch is far enough away from SJT that they shouldn't fly that Low 'normally' but for training who knows.
Ciao and Hook 'em Horns,
Lt-AWACS, Yankee Air Pirate
JA54123 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 137 posts, RR: 3 Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3382 times:
I heard about this on the radio, and wondered why the news hasn't carried it.
I am in Amarillo, and I was wondering where the plane was heading to? Good to know that someone is watching out for what is happening in West Texas.
FedExHeavy From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 226 posts, RR: 1 Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 3290 times:
Went out and saw the crash site for myself tonight, the Caravan is completely totaled, there were large group of people standing there looking at the wreckage a few pictures being taken. I assume it was NTSB investigators and maybe some guys from FedEx, I saw there Lear 45(N5FE) and that was followed by another Lear I believe it was a 25. About five to ten minutes later a convoy of vehicles left for the site and left me in the dust. I couldn't get the reg# of the Caravan, since the tail was twisted and bent up against the fuselage. The crash was very close to Decote airpark, but that's a private airfield that doesn't see much traffic at all, so I doubt it was being used by the feeder, just a strange coincidence I guess. I'm going to be be inchin the see the NTSB report on whether it was mechanical or pilot error, I'm really leaning toward the mechanical end, since I can't see why a Caravan would be flying that low, I've watched the cargo ops out of Mathis frequently and I know the FedEx Caravan's are notoriously low for quite a while after takeoff but come on this was nowhere near Mathis.
Have a nice day !
Lt-AWACS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 3189 times:
I saw it as well but there were only two people around the plane. I tried to go around through the ranch with a old school friend but couldn't pass around before dark. That is a long way from the airport to be that low and clip lines.
Saw a few pics on the local news there, not much else.
Ciao, and Hook 'em Horns,
Lt-AWACS, Yankee Air Pirate