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Crash of a Learjet 25 in Del Rio: 1 killed

Date & Time: Sep 19, 2003 at 1710 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N666TW
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
El Paso-Del Rio
MSN:
25-116
YOM:
1973
Flight number:
AJI892
Location:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
4689
Captain / Total hours on type:
1348.00
Aircraft flight hours:
15363
Circumstances:
After landing, the aircraft did not brake correctly and overran the runway. It burst into flames in a cemetery. Too high speed on approach and landing.

Crash of a Dassault Falcon 20 in Saint Louis

Date & Time: Apr 8, 2003 at 1850 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N179GA
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Del Rio-Saint Louis
MSN:
100
YOM:
1967
Flight number:
GAE179
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
3221
Captain / Total hours on type:
1270.00
Aircraft flight hours:
15899
Circumstances:

On final approach, ATC asked the pilot to start a go around procedure due to deteriorating weather conditions. During the second attempt to land, both engine stopped and the aircraft stalled before crashing. Fuel exhaustion is the cause of engine failure.

Crash of a Cessna 402 in Del Rio: 1 killed

Date & Time: Apr 26, 2001 at 0830 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N80Q
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
San Antonio-Del Rio
MSN:
402-1384
YOM:
1978
Location:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
1140
Captain / Total hours on type:
70.00
Aircraft flight hours:
19279

Crash of a Beechcraft E18 in Del Rio

Date & Time: Apr 8, 1998 at 1905 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N2083C
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Del Rio-San Antonio
MSN:
BA-446
YOM:
1959
Location:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
6800
Captain / Total hours on type:
55.00

Crash of a De Havilland DHC-3 Otter in Del Rio: 3 killed

Date & Time: May 10, 1978 at 1130 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N5370G
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Del Rio - Alamogordo
MSN:
343
YOM:
1960
Location:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Captain / Total flying hours:
1670
Captain / Total hours on type:
250.00
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from Del Rio Airport, while climbing, the airplane went out of control and crashed. All three occupants were killed. They were completing a search and rescue mission to Alamogordo.
Probable cause:
Uncontrolled collision with ground during initial climb due to elevator failure. The following contributing factors were reported:
- Flight control surfaces: elevator assembly, attachments,
- Previous damage,
- Elevator push-pull tube broken,
- Aircraft parked in winds 30 gusting 58 knots,
- Controls not locked.
Final Report:

Crash of a Martin B-26C-40-MO Marauder in Del Rio: 3 killed

Date & Time: May 12, 1944 at 0930 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
41-35821
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Del Rio - Del Rio
Location:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Captain / Total flying hours:
6500
Circumstances:
The crew (two pilots and one instructor) was involved in a training flight. While flying some 4 miles east of Del Rio-Laughlin Field, the twin engine aircraft collided with another Martin B-26 Marauder registered 41-35870. Both aircraft crashed and were destroyed by impact forces and post crash fire.
Source: http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=109108
Probable cause:
It is the opinion of this Board that both airplanes were flying a heading of approximately 80 degrees with airplane B behind and slightly above airplane A. Airplane B was flying faster than airplane A and overtook and collided with airplane A approximately four (4) miles east of Laughlin Field.
The collision was clearly seen by several individuals on this field. All witnesses agree both airplanes were flying contact but since the airplanes collided four to six miles from the various witnesses, there is no clear account of how the collision occurred. The instructor in airplane A had a total of 1,335 hours. The pilot of airplane B had a total of approximately 6,500 hours.
From the evidence found in the wreckage, airplane A exploded and burned while still in the air. Sections of both wings and empennage came off before the aircraft struck the ground. Aircraft B hit the ground relatively intact and was destroyed by fire. The crash was fatal to all personnel.
Any attempt to state what actually caused the accident would be conjecture.
Statement of Responsibility: none
Rocomendations: none