NTSB Says Pilot in Canyon Lake Plane Crash Reported Losing Engine Power
The pilot of a Beech 35 airplane that crashed in Canyon Lake Sept. 7 said he lost engine power before crashing into a wooded area in the 200 block of Primrose Path.
According to a preliminary report released last week by the National Transportaton Safety Board (NTSB), the plane’s engine lost all power after the pilot swtiched the fuel selector to the left main fuel tank.
NTSB said the pilot attempted a forced landing to a clearing but struck trees on the edge of the clearing and the airplane “impacted the ground,” incurring substantial damage to its fuselage and both wings.
The pilot and his wife were seriously injured and life-flighted to Kyle. A child on board who was strapped into a car seat was released to a family member who arrived at the scene.
NTSB said passengers were en route from Fort Stockton to Canyon Lake when the crash occurred.