Aircraft Incident/Accident Report
Woodcreek Resort Airstrip Airport

Wimberley, Texas 78676
Sunday, August 11, 1996 12:30 CDT

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NTSB Narrative Summary Released at Completion of Accident
The student pilot's flight instructor had signed him off to fly multiple cross-country flights to 5 different airports. The instructor had placed limitations on the pilot flying into and out of Woodcreek Resort Airstrip, where the pilot resided, for the airplane to be at one-half fuel or less, and for temperatures to be less than 85 degrees. Thirty minutes of flight time before the accident, the pilot had his fuel tanks topped-off. The temperature at the time of the accident was 102 degrees F. The pilot flew a pass over the runway to 'make sure it was clear for landing.' A witness reported that the estimated 6 knot wind changed direction approximately 180 degrees between the time of the pilot's first and second approach. A witness, who was 300 feet off the end the runway, reported that on the second approach 'he just barely made the trees over the creek and banked hard left.' Another witness reported seeing the aircraft 'in a steep bank to the left and then dive downward.' The aircraft impacted on the backside of the 18th green of a golf course and came to rest in a sand trap.
NTSB Probable Cause Narrative
The pilot's failure to maintain airspeed. Factors were the high density altitude, the tail wind, and the pilot's failure to adhere to the limitations prescribed by his flight instructor.
Event Information
Type of EventAccident 
Event Date8/11/1996 
Event Day of the WeekSunday 
Time of Event1230 
Event Time ZoneCentral Daylight Time 
Event CityWIMBERLEY  
Event StateTEXAS 
Event Country-- 
Zipcode of the event site78676  
Event Date Year1996 
Event Date Month
MidAir Collision IndicatorNo 
On Ground Collision occurred ?No 
Event Location Latitude  
Event Location Longitude  
Event Location AirportWOODCREEK RESORT AIRSTRIP 
Event Location Nearest Airport ID4XS7 
Indicates whether the acc/inc occurred off or on an airportOff Airport/Airstrip 
Distance from airport in statute miles-- 
Degrees magnetic from airport-- 
Airport Elevation959 
Weather Briefing CompletenessUnknown 
Investigator's weather sourceWitness 
Time of the weather observation0  
Direction of event from weather observation facility (degrees)
Weather Observation Facility ID  
Elevation of weather observation facility
Distance of event from weather observation facility (units?)
Time Zone of the weather observation  
Lighting ConditionsDay 
Lowest Ceiling Height
Lowest Non-Ceiling Height8000 
Sky/Lowest/Cloud ConditionsScattered 
Sky Condition for Lowest CeilingNone 
Visibility Runway Visual Range (Feet)
Visibility Runway Visual Value (Statute Miles)
Visibility (Statute Miles) 10 
Air Temperature at event time (in degrees celsius)39 
Dew Point at event time (in degress fahrenheit)21 
Wind Direction (degrees magnetic)320 
Variable Wind IndicatorUnknown 
Wind Speed (knots)
Wind Velocity Indicator Unknown 
Wind Gust IndicatorNot Gusting 
Wind Gust (knots)
Altimeter Setting at event time (in. Hg) 29 
Density Altitude (feet)4200 
Intensity of PrecipitationUnknown 
METAR weather report -- 
Event Highest InjuryFatal 
On Ground, Fatal Injuries
On Ground, Minor Injuries
On Ground, Serious Injuries
Injury Total Fatal
Injury Total Minor-- 
Injury Total None-- 
Injury Total Serious-- 
Injury Total All
Investigating AgencyNTSB 
NTSB Docket Number (internal use)1227 
NTSB Notification Source-- 
NTSB Notification DateAug 11 1996 12:00AM 
NTSB Notification Time1552 
Fiche Number and/or location -used to find docket informationIMAGE 
Date of most recent change to recordDec 8 2000 10:17AM 
User who most recently changed recorddbo  
Basic weather conditionsVisual Meteorological Cond 
FAA District Office-- 
Aircraft Involved
Aircraft #1
Aircraft Registration NumberN2382Z 
NTSB NumberFTW96FA339  
Missing Aircraft Indicator
Federal Aviation Reg. PartPart 91: General Aviation 
Type of Flight Plan filedNone 
Flight plan Was Activated?-- 
DamageDestroyed 
Aircraft FireGround 
Aircraft ExplosionNone 
Aircraft Manufacturer's Full NameBeech  
Aircraft Model23  
Aircraft Series Identifier23  
Aircraft Serial NumberM-93  
Certified Max Gross Weight2300 
Aircraft CategoryAirplane 
Aircraft Registration ClassU.S. Registered/U.S. Soil 
Aircraft is a homebuilt?No 
Flight Crew Seats-- 
Cabin Crew Seats-- 
Passenger Seats-- 
Total number of seats on the aircraft
Number of Engines
Fixed gear or retractable gearFixed 
Aircraft, Type of Last InspectionAnnual 
Date of Last InspectionJun 1 1996 12:00AM 
Airframe hours since last inspection17 
Airframe Hours-- 
ELT InstalledYes 
ELT ActivatedUnknown 
ELT Aided Location of Event SiteUnknown 
ELT Type-- 
Aircraft Owner NameCLIFFORD G. CHRISTENSEN  
Aircraft Owner Street Address6 DOOLITTLE DR.  
Aircraft Owner CityWIMBERLEY  
Aircraft Owner StateTX 
Aircraft Owner Country  
Aircraft Owner Zipcode78676  
Operator is an individual?-- 
Operator Name  
Operator Same as Owner?Yes 
Operator Is Doing Business As-- 
Operator Address Same as Owner?Yes 
Operator Street Address  
Operator City  
Operator State  
Operator Country  
Operator Zip code  
Operator Code  
Owner has at least one certificateNone 
Other Operator of large aircraft?No 
Certified for Part 133 or 137 OperationUnknown 
Operator Certificate Number-- 
Indicates whether an air carrier operation was scheduled or not-- 
Indicates Domestic or International Flight-- 
Operator carrying Pax/Cargo/Mail-- 
Type of Flying (Per_Bus / Primary)Personal 
Second Pilot on BoardNo 
Departure Point Same as EventNo 
Departure Airport Code5OR  
Departure CityLOCKHART  
Departure StateTX 
Departure Country  
Departure Time
Departure Time Zone  
Destination Same as Local Fltcrash at destination city 
Destination Airport Code4XS7 
Destination City  
Destination State  
Destination Country  
Specific Phase of Flight-- 
Report sent to ICAO?-- 
Evacuation occurred-- 
Date of most recent change to recordJan 2 2001 10:34AM 
User who most recently changed recorddbo  
Since inspection or accident-- 
Event Location Runway Number and Location14  
Runway Length2000 
Runway Width50 
Sight Seeing flightNo 
Air Medical FlightNo 
Medical Flight--