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Tail numberN3WC
Accident dateJanuary 29, 2009
Aircraft typeCox William M Bearhawk
LocationAnahuac, TX
Additional details: None

NTSB description

On January 29, 2009, approximately 1500 Central Standard Time, a single-engine, Bearhawk airplane, N3WC, was substantially damaged upon impact with terrain about 6 miles south of the Chambers County Airport (T00), Anahuac, Texas. The private pilot and two passengers were fatally injured. The airplane was owned and operated by a private individual. No flight plan was filed and visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

There were no witnesses to the actual crash. However, persons in the area reported seeing the airplane flying low with the engine "sputtering". Ground and airplane impact signatures were consistent with the airplane being in a near vertical attitude during the collision. The Federal Aviation Inspector (FAA), who arrived on scene, reported that the airplane's fuel tanks had been breached, and that there was a strong fuel smell in the immediate area.

After recovery, the airplane will be transported to a secure facility for further examination.

At 1350, an automated weather reported station at EFD, approximately 25 nautical miles west of the accident site, reported winds from 360 degrees at 8 knots, visibility 10 miles, few clouds at 25,000 feet, temperature 57 degrees Fahrenheit, dew point 34 degrees Fahrenheit, and a barometric pressure of 30.18 inches of Mercury.

At 1452, an automated weather reported station at GLS, approximately 26 nautical miles south of the accident site, reported winds from 350 degrees at 8 knots, visibility 10 miles, a clear sky, temperature 52 degrees Fahrenheit, dew point 38 degrees Fahrenheit, and a barometric pressure of 30.18 inches of Mercury.

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