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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 131907
Last updated: 3 January 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic GLAS model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Glasair I
Owner/operator:Sierra-Golf Enterprises
Registration: N16LA
C/n / msn: 203
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Rusk, TX -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:JSO
Destination airport:JSO
Investigating agency: NTSB

On July 31, 1993, at approximately 1603 central daylight time, a Harral built Glasair 1, N16LA, was destroyed when it impacted the ground following an engine power loss and loss of control near Rusk, Texas. The airplane, owned and operated in partnership by the commercial pilot, had just taken off on what was to have been a local personal flight. There was no flight plan filed and visual meteorological conditions prevailed throughout the area. The pilot and the one passenger received serious injuries.

The airplane had arrived at the Cherokee County Airport on the day prior to the accident for the purpose of participating in a static display during an air show.

According to witnesses and another co-owner of the airplane, the purpose of the flight was to take one of the FBO personnel for a ride. The non-flying co-owner stated that after helping strap in the passenger, he observed the pilot perform a normal start, taxi out, and run up at the end of the runway. The witness stated that the run up sounded normal. He further stated that he observed the pilot make a normal takeoff on runway 13. Shortly thereafter, the witness observed the airplane level out and heard the pilot call on the UNICOM frequency stating he was returning to the airport, but the pilot did not state why. The co-owner then saw the airplane enter a right bank and lost sight of it as it descended below trees in a dive.

Another pilot witness stated that the airplane appeared to be making its cross wind turn to downwind when he observed the airplane enter a "severe nose down and hard right turn attitude" about 400 feet above the ground. A third pilot witness stated that he watched the airplane make a normal run up and then execute what he described as a "short field max angle climb and departure." This witness further stated that he heard the engine "quit with one loud backfire" and that it immediately began a right descending turn. The passenger, who had recently begun to take flying lessons, stated that the takeoff appeared normal and at about 200 feet AGL, the engine lost power. He stated that the pilot attempted a restart and switched tanks without success. The passenger further stated that the pilot then began a right turn back toward the airport. The passenger told his father that "he stalled it." The passenger was asked to provide a written statement; however, one was not received during the investigation. The airplane impacted in an open pasture, about 1/2 mile south of the departure end of runway 13. EMS personnel from the airport were on scene within three minutes to begin rescue operations.


According to the pilot's personal log book, he had received 1 hour of dual instruction in the accident make and model when he purchased the airplane about 6 months prior to the accident. The pilot received severe head injuries during the accident and did not recall anything about the flight. He was unable to fill out the Pilot/Operator Accident Report.


The airplane was certificated in the experimental category and being maintained in accordance with appendix D of 14 CFR Part 43. A review of the maintenance records did not reveal any outstanding discrepancies.

According to the co-owner not involved in the accident, the airplane had last been topped off prior to their departure from Greenville, Mississippi, on July 29, 1993. The co-owner stated that from Greenville, they flew to Monroe, Louisiana, where they remained overnight, and subsequently flew to Rusk on July 30, 1993. The airplane was not refueled in Monroe. The he further stated that the airplane was not serviced on arrival at the Rusk airport and it subsequently flew three other flights at low altitude and high power settings in the local area prior to the accident departure. The co-owner estimated that the total flight time accumulated after the last refueling was between 3.3 and 3.6 hours. He also stated that his records indicated that the airplane nor


NTSB id 20001211X12909

Revision history:

21-Dec-2016 19:25 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]

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