Thorpedo Down Near DTO
A birthday plane ride turned hairy this week, when a pilot and
his 16-year-old son were injured when their aircraft crashed
Thursday evening near Denton Municipal Airport (DTO) in North
Denton police spokesman Jim Bryan told Dallas' KDFW-4 the plane,
an Indus T-211 "Thorpedo" light-sport aircraft (accident aircraft
shown below), was approaching the field from the north just before
2000 CDT Thursday when it disappeared from the control tower's
view. The aircraft impacted heavy brush and trees near telephone
lines, and came to rest inverted; it is unknown whether the
aircraft struck the lines.
The teen, Colby Kreutzer, was taken by ambulance to an area
hospital. His father was airlifted to a Dallas hospital via
helicopter, according to the television station.
"They were lucky they didn't strike [a nearby structure]," said
City of Denton Spokesman John Cabrales. "They were very lucky."
Both are expected to make a full recovery. Colby's stepfather
told reporters the flight was to celebrate Colby's 16th
The aircraft departed from Grand Prairie Municipal (GPM)
airport, 31 nautical miles south of Denton.
According to the FAA Preliminary Report, the Denton tower had
given the aircraft a "green light" to land at the airport --
perhaps implying the plane was receiving light signals from the
tower, a procedure typically used when radio contact cannot be
established between an aircraft and the tower.
Make/Model: LTSP Description: (LIGHT
SPORT) T211 THORPEDO
Date: 10/04/2007 Time: 0052
Event Type: Accident Highest Injury:
Serious Mid Air: N
City: DENTON State: TX
AIRCRAFT CRASHED UNDER UNKNOWN CIRCUMSTANCES AFTER GREEN
LIGHT FROM TOWER WAS GIVEN TO AIRCRAFT, DENTON, TX
INJURY DATA Total
# Crew: 1 Fat:
# Pass: 0 Fat:
Fat: 0 Ser:
Activity: Pleasure Phase:
Landing Operation: OTHER
FAA FSDO: FORT WORTH, TX
Entry date: 10/05/2007