Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Glasair SH-2F, N15GG: Accident occurred June 12, 2013 in Montague, California

NTSB Identification: WPR13FA269
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, June 12, 2013 in Montague, CA
Aircraft: GRAVES LARRY L SH-2F, registration: N15GG
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 June 12, 2013, about 0715 Pacific daylight time, an experimental amateur built Graves SH-2F airplane, N15GG, was destroyed when it impacted terrain near Montague, 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 commercial pilot were fatally injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight. The local flight originated from the Montague Airport - Yreka Rohrer Field (105) near Montague at an unknown time.

According to local law enforcement, witnesses located near the accident site reported hearing the sound of an airplane maneuvering followed by the sound of impact. Shortly after, the witnesses located the airplane wreckage in an open field. There were no reported witnesses to the accident sequence.

A manager of a local Fixed Base Operator (FBO) reported that the owner of the airplane was selling the airplane and was going to flying with another pilot in an effort to “get a feel for the airplane" so they could demonstrate it to potential buyers.

Examination of the accident site by local law enforcement revealed that the airplane impacted an open field and came to rest inverted. All major structural components of the airplane were located within about 40 feet of the main wreckage. The wreckage was recovered to a secure location for further examination.

Lloyd Rugg

Lloyd Rugg 

Sweet husband, wonderful son and father, superb pilot and strong, hardworking quiet man Lloyd Rugg left this world on June 12, 2013.

He was with his good friend Larry Graves doing what they loved – flying on a beautiful, calm and peaceful morning.

"Our son Tom, being the fine reflection of his father, Lloyd, will for now work with our trusted friends Don Smith and Ken Bolton at Shasta Valley Tire. Lloyd began the business with his father, Bud, 43 years ago. Lloyd's mother, Marjorie, continues on as always, carefully doing the books despite the heartbreaking event."

A memorial for Lloyd will be at the little Montague airport at 9 a.m. on Sunday, June 30, followed by a celebration of life for Larry Graves at the Montague Community Hall at 10 a.m.

 "We are so very grateful to family and friends for their generous support."