Saturday, July 04, 2015

Mooney M20E, N5608Q: Fatal accident occurred July 04, 2015 in Salem, Oregon

NTSB Identification: WPR15FA208
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, July 04, 2015 in Salem, OR
Aircraft: MOONEY M20E, registration: N5608Q
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. 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 July 4, 2015, about 0810 Pacific daylight time, Mooney M20E, N5608Q, collided with terrain after an aborted landing and attempted go-around at McNary Field (SLE), Salem, Oregon. The private, who was the sole occupant and part owner of the airplane, was fatally injured. The airplane was substantially damaged from impact forces and a postcrash fire. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which was being operated in accordance with 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, and a flight plan was not filed. The pilot reportedly departed SLE on the local flight about an hour prior to the accident.

The tower controller reported that just past 0800, the pilot called inbound for landing from the south and was given a clearance to land to the north. The controller stated that the approach appeared normal, and that the landing gear appeared to be "down and in place". Additionally, the controller reported that the airplane "floated" down the runway for approximately 1,000 feet, and at mid-field began a shallow climb at a low airspeed, ascending to about 100 feet above ground level (agl) by the time it reached the departure end of the runway. The airplane then began a left turn, followed by a loss of control and impact with terrain.

Other witnesses reported observing the airplane attempt to climb at a low airspeed, reaching an altitude of about 100 feet agl with its landing gear and flaps retracted; however, the engine sounded as if it were at a low rpm and misfiring. Shortly thereafter, the airplane was observed making a gradual left turn, which was followed by an increasing bank angle to the left, as it appeared the airplane was attempting to return to the runway prior to impact with terrain.

An initial survey of the accident site by National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration investigators revealed that the wreckage was confined to an area which measured 72 feet in length by 48 feet in width. All components necessary for flight were accounted for at the accident site.

The airplane was recovered to a secure location for further examination.

FAA  Flight Standards District Office:  FAA Portland FSDO-09

Any witnesses should email, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email .

John Layton

A public memorial service will be held in honor of John Layton, who died in a plane crash at the Salem airport July 4.

The family of Layton, a longtime business executive in the Salem-Keizer area, will hold a memorial service and reception at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 18, at the Keizer Civic Center’s Iris Ballroom, according to Howell, Edwards, Doerksen Funeral Home. The Civic Center is located at 930 Chemawa Road NE.

Police identified Layton, 60, as the pilot of a single-engine Mooney M20E that collided with terrain at McNary Field the morning of July 4. Police and fire personnel responded to the crash when the plane caught fire.

Layton had been president and general manager of Layton Manufacturing, now Layton Systems, since 1995, according to the company's website. The company was located in West Salem.

Layton is survived by his wife, Paulina, three stepchildren and his nephews.


Police have identified the man who was killed in a small-plane crash at McNary Field in Salem on Saturday as prominent Salem businessman John Douglas Layton. 

Layton, 60, was flying a Mooney M20E when it crashed north of the runway and burst into flames, said Lt. Dave Okada with the Salem Police. He was the only person in the plane.

The Salem police and fire departments responded to the Salem Municipal Airport grounds around 8:30 a.m., police said in a press release.

Reports show that the plane crashed into terrain upon landing, said Peter Knudson, spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board. However, information from Salem Police indicated the crash occurred when the plane was taking off.

Knudson said this information and other details are being reviewed by an investigator on scene who is documenting the wreckage. The on-scene investigation is typically the shortest phase of a plane crash report, which can sometimes take up to a full year to complete.

The National Transportation Safety Board is the primary investigating agency. Salem Police will work with it in identifying and releasing more information. The Federal Aviation Administration was also assisting with the investigation, but referred all questions to the NTSB.

Layton was the president and general manager of Layton Manufacturing, now Layton Systems, since 1995 according to the company's website. The company is located in West Salem.

A pilot was killed Saturday in a small-plane crash at McNary Field in Salem.

Salem police and fire departments received calls at 8:26 a.m. of a plane crash north of the runway on the Salem Municipal Airport grounds, according to a Salem Police Department news release.

There were conflicting reports of what the pilot was doing at the time of the crash. Witnesses reported that a small plane, later identified as a single-engine Mooney M20P, was attempting to take off northbound when it crashed north of the runway and burst into flames. However, Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, said it was his understanding that the pilot was landing.

The flames were extinguished quickly by fire units. The exact cause of the crash remains unknown, and the victim had not been identified.

Gregor said the pilot was the only person on board. Lt. Dave Okada of the Salem Police Department said authorities determined the crash was fatal.

Gregor could not confirm the tail number of the aircraft.

The National Transportation Safety Board is leading the investigation and would not release the pilot's identity.

Story,  comments and photos:

SALEM, Ore. – A pilot died when a plane crashed on takeoff Saturday morning at McNary Field in Salem.

The light plane crashed north of the runway on the Salem Municipal Airport grounds just before 8:30 a.m.

Witnesses said the plane burst into flames, and the flames were quickly extinguished.

Salem Fire officials told our reporters that the pilot was alone in the plane when it crashed. They are withholding the person’s name until family members have been notified of the death.

Investigators are working to find out what caused the plane to go down shortly after takeoff.

“I saw an airplane going north 50-75 feet off the ground, and he was going awful slow,” said John Davis, who was across the street at Walmart.


SALEM, Ore. -- A small plane crashed during takeoff at the Salem Airport Saturday morning, killing at least one person, according to police.

Witnesses said the plane crashed just before 8:30 a.m., north of the runway. They said it burst into flames but emergency crews were able to quickly extinguish the fire.

A search found at least one deceased victim inside the plane's wreckage, according to Lt. Dave Okada with the Salem Police Department.

The identity of the victim is unknown at this time. 

Okada said police were awaiting the arrival of authorities with the National Transportation Safety Board, who will lead the investigation.


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