NTSB Identification: FTW99FA261
Accident occurred SEP-18-99 at BRYAN, TX
Aircraft: Cessna 182A, registration: N4803D
Injuries: 5 Fatal.
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On September 18, 1999, at 1859 central daylight time, a Cessna 182A
single-engine airplane, N4803D, was destroyed during terrain impact and
postimpact fire during takeoff from the Coulter Field Airport near Bryan, Texas.
The airplane was registered to SMC Institute A Close Corporation of Wilmington,
Delaware, and operated by Ags Over Texas of Bryan, Texas. The commercial rated
pilot and four parachutists were fatally injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and a flight plan was not filed for the 14 Code of Federal
Regulations (CFR) Part 91 parachute activity flight. The flight was originating
at the time of the accident.
Witnesses reported to the NTSB
investigator-in-charge that the aircraft took off from runway 14. As the
aircraft reached approximately 300-400 feet agl, it banked right, then nosed
down and descended from view. One of the witnesses reported that it appeared
that the aircraft made one complete turn before it descended from his view.
Subsequently, black smoke was observed in the area where the airplane descended
from view. Examination of the aircraft wreckage revealed that the cockpit and
cabin area was destroyed by the postimpact fire. Control continuity was
confirmed to all flight control surfaces. The engine was removed and sent to the
engine manufacturer's facility in Mobile, Alabama, for a detailed examination.