Ben Harned IV, killed in July plane crash, had only 1 engine running

Investigators and emergency personnel collect evidence after a man was killed early Thursday morning, July 25, 2013 after a small-engine airplane crashed clipping a manufactured home in the 2100 block of South Mirror Street in Amarillo, Texas. (AP Photo/The Amarillo Globe News, Michael Schumacher )

AMARILLO, Texas (AP) — Federal investigators say a man who died last month when the small plane he was piloting crashed in a Texas Panhandle neighborhood had only one engine running and was trying to return to the airport.

A National Transportation Safety Board report posted Thursday said 53-year-old pilot Ben Harned IV had contacted an air traffic controller after takeoff July 25 to say he was returning to Amarillo's Tradewind Airport. Before crashing, he told the controller his left engine had stopped and he had the airport in sight.

The plane crashed in a neighborhood five minutes after takeoff. Its wing clipped a mobile home.

Harned had been headed to Lubbock in the Piper PA-30.

The Amarillo Globe-News reports Harned, who lived in Tyler, owned Performance Motors of Amarillo.


Information from: Amarillo Globe-News,

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.




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