VIDEO: Preliminary report released on Tyler man who died in Amarillo plane crash

Friday, August 16, 2013 - 12:16pm

The preliminary report of an East Texas man who was killed in a plane crash in West Texas has been released.

The pilot of the plane, Ben Harned, IV, of Tyler, was killed when his plane crashed into mobile homes in Amarillo in July.

Harned owned Performance Motors in Amarillo but lived in East Texas.

The following report was released after an investigation by the NTSB:

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On July 25, 2013 at 0900 central daylight time, a Piper PA-30, N8306Y, privately registered airplane was substantially damaged when it crashed into a residential area while attempting to return to the Amarillo Tradewind Airport (AMA), Amarillo, Texas. The pilot, who was the sole occupant, sustained fatal injuries. The flight was being conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed in the vicinity and a flight plan was not filed. The flight originated at 0855 from AMA and its intended destination was Lubbock, Texas.

After takeoff from runway 17 at AMA, the pilot contacted Amarillo Approach for VFR flight following. The pilot radioed that he was having problems with the airplane’s left engine and that he was going to return to the airport. The controller asked if he wanted to declare an emergency and the pilot responded that he had the airport in sight and the left engine stopped. The controller followed the airplane on radar until it disappeared from the radar screen.

The airplane impacted nose down into the yard of a residential area.

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