Thursday, July 26, 2012

Jeffko Glasair, N743CA: Accident occurred July 23, 2012 in Tonasket, Washington

NTSB Identification: WPR12FAMS1
 14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, July 23, 2012 in Tonasket, WA
Aircraft: JEFFKO ED & CLAIRE GLASAIR, registration: N743CA
Injuries: 1 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.

On July 23, 2012, an experimental amateur-built Jeffko Glasair, N743CA, did not arrive at its planned destination of Sequim Valley Airport, Sequim, Washington. The pilot/owner was operating the airplane under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91. The certified flight instructor was presumed to have sustained fatal injuries. The cross-country flight departed Tonasket Municipal Airport, Tonasket, Washington, about 0830. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the departure airport, and no flight plan had been filed.

On July 23, at 1520, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued an alert notice (ALNOT) for the missing airplane after family members reported that it had not arrived at its planed destination. A search and rescue mission was subsequently initiated by the Washington State Department of Transportation.

The search and rescue mission was called off at 1700 on July 29, after 100 sorties had been completed in the area of the Cascade Mountains, utilizing fixed wing and rotorcraft assets.

FAA records indicated that the airplane was issued its airworthiness certificate in October 2008.

 WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) - The Washington state Aviation Division continues to search Thursday for a plane that failed to arrive Monday on a flight from Tonasket to Sequim. 

Spokeswoman Nisha Marvel says if there are no developments officials will have to decide when to call off the search.

Eight planes with the Civil Air Patrol and Washington Air Search and Rescue flew Wednesday out of Wenatchee's Pangborn Airport to check the route that missing pilot Ed Jeffko of Tonasket would have flown.

Jeffko was the only person aboard the home-built single-engine kit plane. Marvel says there's no emergency beacon signal, radar track or flight plan.

The Wenatchee World reports Jeffko is a former Tonasket city councilman who has been active in the civil service board and economic development committee.

He left Tonasket on Monday and was heading for Sequim to pick up a family member. However, family members called for help when Jeffko didn't arrive as scheduled. 

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