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NTSB Releases Initial Report on Brownwood Plane Crash

The National Transportation Safety Board has released their initial report on the private plane that crashed near the Brownwood airport on October 8.
The following is from the preliminary report outlining the investigation of the private plane crash near the Brwownwood airport conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board:

On October 8, 2013, about 0800 central daylight time, a Beech S35, N6861Q, owned by a private individual and operated by a private pilot impacted trees and terrain 1/2-mile from the approach end of runway 13 at the Brownwood Municipal Airport (BWD), Brownwood, Texas, following a loss of engine power. The private pilot, the sole person on board the airplane, was seriously injured. A post impact fire ensued and the airplane was substantially damaged. The personal flight was being conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 without a flight plan. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight which had departed Coleman, Texas, and was en route to BWD.

The pilot told a witness that he was on final approach to land when the engine lost power. The pilot attempted to raise the landing gear before the airplane impacted a mesquite tree. The airplane subsequently impacted the ground and slid to a stop. A fire immediately started consuming most of the airplane’s cabin area.

Weather conditions at the time of the accident were wind out of the south at 2 miles per hour, clear skies, and good visibility.

An initial examination of the wreckage showed one blade of the two-bladed propeller bent aft. The other blade was straight and showed little damage. 
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