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Cessna 140, N2341N: Accident occurred January 19, 2013 in Boulder, Utah

NTSB Identification: WPR13FA095 
 14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, January 19, 2013 in Boulder, UT
Aircraft: CESSNA 140, registration: N2341N
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 January 19, 2013, about 1501 mountain standard time, a Cessna 140, N2341N, sustained substantial damage when it struck power lines while maneuvering near Boulder, Utah. The airplane was registered and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The certificated commercial pilot and passenger were fatally injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight. The local flight departed from Escalante Municipal Airport (1L7) Escalante, Utah at an undetermined time.

According to a local power company official, the power lines between Boulder and Escalante were interrupted at 1501 when an automatic breaker tripped. He responded to the power outage and noticed the power lines near mile marker 78 on Utah State Route (SR) 12 were tangled. He stated that a portion of the airplane’s wing was moved from the highway and that two power line poles were damaged and the attached power lines were lying near the ground. Power company personnel were able to estimate the height of the power lines at the approximate point of impact to be about 100 feet.

A witness located on the west side of Utah SR 12 near the accident site reported that he observed the airplane fly over his position on an easterly heading. Shortly afterwards, he observed the airplane strike the power lines.

Examination of the accident site by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator in charge (IIC) revealed that the airplane struck power lines and subsequently the ground about 20 miles north of 1L7. All major structural components of the airplane were located within the approximate 250-long debris path. The airplane was recovered to a secure location for further examination.

  Regis#: 2341N        Make/Model: C140      Description: 
  Date: 01/19/2013     Time: 2230

  Event Type: Accident   Highest Injury: Fatal     Mid Air: N    Missing: N
  Damage: Destroyed

  City: BOULDER   State: UT   Country: US


INJURY DATA      Total Fatal:   2
                 # Crew:   2     Fat:   2     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:    
                 # Pass:   0     Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:    
                 # Grnd:         Fat:   0     Ser:   0     Min:   0     Unk:    

  Activity: Unknown      Phase: Unknown      Operation: OTHER

  FAA FSDO: SALT LAKE CITY, UT  (NM07)            Entry date: 01/22/2013 
Crews respond to the scene of a plane crash near Escalante on Saturday, January 19, 2013
Photo Courtesy:   Garfield County Sheriff's Office

Photo Courtesy: Garfield County Sheriff's Office

Photo Courtesy: Garfield County Sheriff's Office

 Photo Courtesy: Garfield County Sheriff's Office

Photo Courtesy: Garfield County Sheriff's Office

ESCALANTE, Garfield County — The names have been released of two Escalante men who were killed Saturday when the plane they were flying in crashed into transmission power lines. 

Pilot Paul Bowmar, 56, and passenger Nicholas Rezmick, 59, both of Escalante, were killed instantly in the crash, according to the Garfield County Sheriff's Office. 

The crash took place around 3:30 p.m. between Escalante and Boulder, near state Route 12, Garfield County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Becki Bronson said. The two men were flying recreationally in a single-engine plane when they hit the power lines.

Bronson said a transmission tower was also damaged when the power lines were struck, causing some power disruption, but she did not know the duration or the size of the area affected by the outages.

Bowmar's wife, Linda Mansell, said he had asked her to go flying Saturday, but she declined because she wasn't feeling well. Mansell said her husband likely ran into Rezmick, a friend, in town and offered to take him flying, as he often offered plane rides to friends and neighbors.

"He was just a kind, generous person," Mansell said. "He was gentle and caring and always tried to help people out."

Bowmar came from a long line of pilots and had flown more than 3,000 hours, Mansell said. He also operated a machine shop in Escalante.

"I loved him a lot," she said. "There were a lot of people in town who loved him a lot."

Mansell said her power went out sometime after 3 p.m., but she did not know the cause. Throughout the night, information began trickling in about a plane crash, and she was contacted later that night by the sheriff's office.

Mansell said she didn't know Rezmick too well, but described him as a "down to earth, country guy," who was very helpful to people in the community.

Bronson said the accident is still under investigation, but preliminary reports do not indicate any mechanical failure or hazardous flying conditions.

The crash is similar to one that occurred in May 2009 in roughly the same area. In that incident, a Utah man and California woman were killed when the single-engine plane they were flying in clipped some power lines and skidded into the Calf Creek Bridge.

"It was eerily similar to the crash that had happened several years ago," Bronson said. "The power lines, obviously, are very difficult to see."

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