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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 233440
Last updated: 27 March 2020
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Date:27-FEB-2020
Time:19:49 CST
Type:Silhouette image of generic C150 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 150M
Owner/operator:Registration Pending
Registration: N407WJ
C/n / msn: 15075783
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Port Isabel-Cameron County Airport (PIL/KPIL), Port Isabel, TX -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Port Isabel-Cameron County Airport (PIL
Destination airport:Port Isabel-Cameron County Airport (PIL
Narrative:
On February 28, 2020 at 1949 central standard time, a Cessna 150M airplane, N407WJ, impacted terrain about 1.5 miles east of the Port Isabel-Cameron County Airport (PIL), Port Isabel, Texas. The private pilot was fatally injured, and the airplane was destroyed. The airplane was operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

According to the airplane's co-owner, about 1530, the pilot asked him if he'd like to perform some touch and go landings at PIL. The co-owner stated he could not go on the flight.

Preliminary air traffic control radar data showed the airplane departed runway 13 about 1943. The airplane conducted one left traffic pattern flight and it could not be determined if the airplane performed a touch and go, or a go-around. The airplane then turned left crosswind for runway 13, and the last radar target indicated the airplane was at 250 ft above ground level and 125 knots ground speed.

The airplane wreckage was located on March 1, 2020.

Postaccident examination revealed the airplane impacted mesquite trees and terrain, and a postimpact fire ensued. The outboard 8 ft of the left wing and portions of the nose landing gear were located near the initial impact point. The cockpit, fuselage, right wing, and empennage were consumed by fire. Flight control cable continuity was established from the cockpit to all flight control surfaces.

Sources:

NTSB
https://www.krgv.com/videos/plane-wreckage-found-in-cameron-county-days-after-reported-disappearance
https://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=N407WJ
https://www.asias.faa.gov/apex/f?p=100:95:::NO::P95_EVENT_LCL_DATE,P95_LOC_CITY_NAME,P95_REGIST_NBR:28-FEB-20,PORT%20ISABEL,N407WJ

http://www.airport-data.com/aircraft/photo/001112791L.html (photo)


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
02-Mar-2020 09:59 Captain Adam Added
02-Mar-2020 16:50 RobertMB Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
03-Mar-2020 22:11 Geno Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
15-Mar-2020 22:10 Captain Adam Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Damage, Narrative]

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