Thursday, May 23, 2013

Cessna 170B, N2865C: Accident occurred May 18, 2013 in Auburn, California

NTSB Identification: WPR13FA236 
 14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, May 18, 2013 in Auburn, CA
Aircraft: CESSNA 170B, registration: N2865C
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 May 18, 2013, about 1838 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna 170B airplane, N2865C, was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain while on final approach to landing at the Auburn Municipal Airport (AUN), Auburn, California. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The private pilot and his passenger were fatally injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight. The cross-country flight originated from the Crazy Creek Gliderport, near Middletown, California, about 1754 with an intended destination of AUN.

Information provided by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) revealed that a friend of the pilot contacted the FAA on the evening of May 18, 2013, after they became concerned when the pilot had not arrived at his intended destination. The FAA subsequently issued an Alert Notification (ALNOT). The United States Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (ARCC) and local law enforcement commenced search and rescue operations throughout the area. The wreckage was located by aerial units on the morning of May 19, 2013.

Examination of the accident site by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator-in-charge (IIC) revealed that the airplane impacted wooded terrain about 1,257 feet east of the runway 25 threshold. The wreckage came to rest inverted oriented on a magnetic heading of about 040 degrees. All major structural components of the airplane were located within about 30 feet of the main wreckage. One tree located immediately west of the main wreckage was damaged and contained the right wing, which was lodged between two branches. No other trees or vegetation surrounding the accident site was damaged. The wreckage was recovered to a secure location for further examination.

Bruce and Kathy Rhymes at the Susanville airport

SUSANVILLE, Nev. (KRNV & -- A memorial will be held today (Thursday, May 23rd) for the Susanville couple killed in a plane crash over the weekend tomorrow. 

Susanville Municipal Airport manager Steve Datema says Bruce and Kathy Rhymes will be remembered at 5 p.m. in the Experimental Aircraft Association hangar at the airport with a potluck to follow at 6 p.m.

The couple was killed when their small airplane crashed near the Auburn Airport May 18.

Datema says those who attend are reminded to dress warmly. If you bring pictures to share, they will be displayed during the memorial.


Kathy and Bruce Rhymes pictured here were killed in a plane crash in Auburn over the weekend.