Sunday, July 29, 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.

Ed Jeffko (right) seen with photo of missing plane.

WENATCHEE, Wash. — Rescuers have suspended their search for a plane that failed to arrive on a flight from Tonasket to Sequim (SKWIM')

The Washington State Department of Transportation announced the suspension on Sunday after searching areas in the north Cascades, Winthrop and Stevens Pass.

Pilot Ed Jeffko of Tonasket was the only person aboard the home-built, single-engine kit plane that went missing July 23.

Officials say they had no emergency beacon, radar track or flight plan to aid in the search.

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

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