Date & Time: Nov 26, 2012 at 2124 LT
Operator:
H-S Air
Registration:
N67SR
Flight Phase:
Flight
Flight Type:
Private
Survivors:
No
Site:
Plain
Schedule:
West Houston - Tulsa
MSN:
421C-0257
YOM:
1977
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
1
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
On November 26, 2012, about 2124 central standard time, a Cessna 421C airplane, N67SR, was substantially damaged during an in-flight encounter with weather, in-flight separation of airframe components, and subsequent impact with the ground near Wells, Texas. The private pilot, who was the sole occupant, was fatally injured. The airplane sustained impact and fire damage to all major airframe components. The aircraft was registered to H-S Air LP and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a business flight. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which operated on an instrument flight rules flight plan. The flight originated from the West Houston Airport (IWS), Houston, Texas, at an unconfirmed time and was bound for the Richard Lloyd Jones Jr. Airport, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Witnesses near the accident site reported hearing an explosion and then seeing a fireball descending through the clouds to the ground. The airplane came to rest in a wooded area near Wells, Texas. The airplane came to rest in an inverted position with the fuselage oriented in a 220 degree direction. The fuselage and both wings suffered extensive fire damage. The lower fuselage was almost completely consumed by fire. The upper fuselage was recognizable but also had significant fire damage. The landing gear was observed in the retracted position. A baggage door from the nose of the airplane was located about 0.6 miles southeast of the main wreckage.