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N182GT accident description

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Crash location 33.971389°N, 101.083333°W
Reported location is a long distance from the NTSB's reported nearest city. This often means that the location has a typo, or is incorrect.
Nearest city Dougherty, TX
32.955674°N, 95.769129°W
314.2 miles away

Tail number N182GT
Accident date 18 Jun 2009
Aircraft type Cessna R182
Additional details: None

NTSB description

On June 18, 2009, approximately 2145 central daylight time, a Cessna 182R, N182GT, piloted by a private pilot, was destroyed when it impacted terrain two miles north of Dougherty, Texas. A post impact fire ensued. Night visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The personal flight was being conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulation Part 91 without a flight plan. The pilot and pilot rated passenger were both fatally injured. The cross-country flight departed Houston Southwest Airport (AXH), Houston, Texas, and was en route to Hale County Airport (PVW), Plainview, Texas.

According to the UNICOM operator at PVW, a female had contacted him via telephone earlier in the day to ensure that someone would be at the airport when they arrived later that evening. Approximately 2125 the accident airplane called the UNICOM frequency asking which runway was in use. At 2140, the accident airplane called the UNICOM frequency again, asking about the weather at PVW. The UNICOM operator attempted to contact the accident airplane at 2150 with no response.

The airplane wreckage was located in a field on June 20, 2009, by a local resident. A long ground scar, two feet wide, and 25 feet in length, which terminated at a large impact crater, characterized the initial impact point. The airplane wreckage was fragmented and fanned out several hundred feet from the impact crater.

The closest official weather observation station was Hale County Airport (PVW), Plainview, Texas, located 40 nautical miles (nm) northwest of the accident site. The elevation of the weather observation station was 3,374 feet msl. The routine aviation weather report (METAR) for PVW, issued at 2145, reported, winds, 270 degrees at 19 knots, gusting to 22 knots, visibility, 10 miles, light rain; sky condition, scattered 1,100 feet, broken 10,000 feet, overcast 11,000 feet; temperature 18 degrees Celsius (C); dewpoint, 17 degrees C; altimeter, 29.94 inches.

The sheriff and several local residence reported that a large dust storm was active in the area at the time of the accident. Visibility was low and the winds were estimated between 70 and 80 miles per hour.

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