NTSB Released Report on Cochran County Airplane Crash

The National Transportation Safety Board on Thursday released a preliminary report concerning a plane crash with serious injuries on April 22 at the Cochran County Airport.
MORTON, TX -- The National Transportation Safety Board on Thursday released a preliminary report concerning a plane crash with serious injuries on April 22 at the Cochran County Airport. The report said Fred N. Crow was flying his “experimental amateur-built” aircraft. The flight had gone normally until Crow tried to land.

The report said, “The pilot stated that the airplane bounced after a hard landing and veered off the left side of the runway before he could regain control.”

It continued, “The airplane subsequently nosed-over after encountering soft terrain located alongside the runway, resulting in substantial damage …”

No specific cause of the crash was given in Thursday’s preliminary report. Winds were 10 knots (11 miles per hour) with gusts up to 16 knots (18 miles per hour). Visibility was 10 miles. Crow was quoted in the report as saying he accumulated three hours total flight time in the experimental aircraft.

The report said, “The post-accident examinations of the airplane revealed no evidence of mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation.”

Crow was the only person on-board and the only person hurt.

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