The Airplane Executed A Turn To The North And The Flight Track Data Terminated

Location: Round Rock, TX Accident Number: CEN20LA256
Date & Time: 07/01/2020, 1300 CDT Registration: N19AS
Aircraft: Cessna 320 Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation – Personal

On July 1, 2020, about 1300 central daylight time, a Cessna 320 airplane, N19AS, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Round Rock, Texas. The airline transport pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

Preliminary flight track data showed that the airplane departed from the Rusty Allen Airport (RYW), Lago Vista, Texas, about 1220, and proceeded east by Thorndale, Texas. Once near Thorndale, the airplane executed a turn to the north and the flight track data terminated.

According to a witness who was driving on ranch to market road 1431 (RM 1431) near Round Rock, she observed the airplane flying low and “erratically.” She observed flames coming from the left engine. Another witness who lives in Round Rock, reported that the airplane was “sputtering” and “popping” as it flew over his home.

The airplane came to rest on a northeast heading in a wooded area about 0.75 miles west of the intersection of RM 1431 and interstate 35. The airplane sustained fire damage and was fragmented. A Federal Aviation Administration aviation safety inspector documented the accident site and the wreckage was recovered to a secure location for a future examination of the airframe and two engines.