New Details in Plane Crash From Lubbock to Amarillo

A National Transportation Safety Board report reveals new details on the deadly plane crash that killed three people with strong ties Lubbock.
By James Clark

LUBBOCK, TX – A National Transportation Safety Board report reveals new details on the deadly plane crash that killed three people with strong ties Lubbock. The crash was near Amarillo on November 11.

William Michael Capt, 48, William Michael Capt II, 19, and Robin Lea Capt, 48 all lost their lives in the crash. The elder Capt was piloting in foggy conditions during the flight from Lubbock to Amarillo.

Looking to see if there was an update on the investigation, EverythingLubbock.com obtained a copy of the preliminary report on Tuesday. It had been last updated on November 18.

The report indicates that Capt was not rated for the highly-specialized skills to fly in dense fog. The ability to fly with little or no visibility is called “instrument rating.” In simple terms a pilot uses the airplane’s instruments instead his or her ability to see.

The NTSB report says, “Federal Aviation Administration records indicated that the pilot did not hold an instrument rating.”

The report says Capt tried to land at Tradewind Airport in Amarillo but had to declare a missed approach due to weather condition. He then tried to land at Rick Husband International Airport – roughly six miles away from Tradewind Airport.

It was night, and the report says that fog had reduced visibility to 1/4 of a mile.

The NTSB report also says, “The pilot flew the Instrument Landing System (ILS) Runway 4 approach into [Rick Husband International Airport …with an alternate landing airport at the Hale County Airport (PVW), Plainview, Texas, if unsuccessful.”

Capt would never get the chance to make the alternate landing in Plainview.

The report says, “The radar track data indicated the pilot flew the ILS Runway 4 approach to [Rick Husband International Airport]; and then attempted to execute the missed approach. During the missed approach, the airplane departed radar contact and impacted terrain.”

Authorities searched during the night and with the morning light the wreckage of the plane was found roughly two miles away from the airport.

Capt had moved from Lubbock to Canyon where he practiced internal medicine. The younger Capt was a graduate of Coronado High School, and the family still owned property in Lubbock.

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