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NTSB Identification: CEN19FA122
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, April 21, 2019 in Kingsland, TX
Aircraft: Rans S7, registration: N25TX
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

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 April 21, 2019, at 1443 central daylight time, a Rans S-7S airplane, N25TX, impacted the ground after takeoff from Shirley Williams Airport (44TE), Kingsland, Texas. The pilot and pilot-rated-passenger were fatally injured and the airplane was destroyed by a postimpact fire. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and no flight plan was filed. The local flight was departing at the time of the accident.

A witness reported that the pilot had just completed a few touch-and-go landings at 44TE before he landed and the passenger boarded the airplane. He saw the airplane taxi back to the runway then shortly after heard it impact the ground.

The airplane departed on runway 16 and impacted the ground near the south end of the runway (figure 1).

An examination of the accident site revealed a small initial impact point in the ground about 20 ft south of the main wreckage. The impact point was defined by a divot in the ground which contained a broken red lens, the pitot tube, and a piece of left wing tip. Another impact area was about 6 ft south of the main wreckage, which was about 3 ft in diameter and about 4 inches deep. The small crater contained white paint chips, plexiglass, a propeller blade, and the engine oil filter. Another small divot was observed under the outboard leading edge of the right wing. The three impact areas were in a relatively straight line in a north-south orientation. The airplane came to rest upright facing southwest.

The wreckage was retained for further examination.