It's damned eerie and
Last year, ANN reported the death of Texas Air Aces/Aviation
Safety Training Boss Don Wylie in a T-34 crash. Yesterday, one of
Don's compatriots was lost... in a T-34.
The Beechcraft T-34, already the subject of numerous wing
failure investigations, went down some time Tuesday morning near
Lake Conroe, some 55 miles North of Houston. One witness reports
seeing a wing separate from the aircraft prior to impact.
The Department of Public Safety's Kenneth Hiebert reported to
local media sources that, "A witness saw the wing come off the
airplane and then saw it spiraling down to the ground... They said
it was flying east, over this area at about a thousand feet."
The main impact area
was located about a quarter mile from the remains of the separated
wing, and both occupants, including AST's Richard Gillenwaters
(pictured right), 57, were found to be dead on the scene.
Gillenwaters was a retired USAF pilot, and a native of Conroe,
His unidentified passenger reportedly was a man from
ANN profiled this company in early
November of 2003 -- just prior to the Wylie
accident... for which an NTSB final report has yet to be
Preliminary Accident Report
Note: Aircraft type is misidentified...
** Report created 12/8/2004 Record 2 **
Regis#: 141SW Make/Model: BE40 Description: 400 Beechjet (T-1
Date: 12/07/2004 Time: 1620
Event Type: Accident Highest Injury: Fatal Mid Air: N
City: CONROE State: TX Country: US
ACFT RIGHT WING BROKE OFF INFLIGHT AND ACFT CRASHED ON STUBBELFIELD
LAKE RD., MONTGOMERY COUNTY, TX. THE 1 POB IS FATAL AND THE
ACFT IS DESTROYED. CONROE, TX
INJURY DATA Total Fatal: 1
# Crew: 1 Fat: 1 Ser: 0 Min: 0 Unk:
# Pass: 0 Fat: 0 Ser: 0 Min: 0 Unk:
# Grnd: Fat: 0 Ser: 0 Min: 0 Unk:
WEATHER: METAR KCXO 071553 34008KT 10SM CLR 16/08 A3006
Activity: Unknown Phase: Cruise Operation: General
Departed: HOUSTON, TX DWH Dep Date: 12/07/2004 Dep. Time:
Destination: HOUSTON, TX DWH Flt Plan: NONE Wx Briefing:
Last Radio Cont: RWY 35L Last Clearance: CLRD FOR
FAA FSDO: HOUSTON, TX (SW09) Entry date: 12/08/2004