Sunday, September 27, 2015

Cessna 182G Skylane, N3147S: Accident occurred September 27, 2015 near Glenwood Springs Municipal Airport (KGWS), Garfield County, Colorado

NTSB Identification: CEN15LA430 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, September 27, 2015 in Glenwood Springs, CO
Aircraft: CESSNA 182G, registration: N3147S
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor.

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 may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On September 27, 2015, about 0945 mountain daylight time, a Cessna 182G airplane, N3147S, impacted rough terrain during a forced landing near Glenwood Springs, Colorado. The private pilot was seriously injured and the passenger received minor injuries. The airplane sustained substantial wing and fuselage damage. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed about the time of the accident, and the flight was not operating on a flight plan. The flight's origin and destination are unknown.

At 0950, the recorded weather at the Eagle County Regional Airport, near Eagle, Colorado, was: Wind calm; visibility 10 statute miles; sky condition clear; temperature 8 degrees C; dew point -2 degrees C; altimeter 30.30 inches of mercury.

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Salt Lake City FSDO-07

Emergency workers transport one of the victims from the Sunday morning plane crash south of Glenwood Springs to a waiting ambulance.

The pilot and new owner of the plane that crashed Sunday south of Glenwood Springs is an Aspen resident, a former owner of the plane said Monday. 

Benoit De Lavaissiere bought the 1964 Cessna 182G within the past month, John Elling of Santa Fe, New Mexico, told the Post Independent by email.

According to investigators, De Lavaissiere, 54, and a passenger were injured when the plane went down in a field next to the Rio Grande Trail about 5 miles south of the Glenwood Springs Municipal Airport.

The two were taken to Valley View Hospital.

Federal authorities concluded their site inspection Sunday night, Garfield County sheriff’s spokesman Walt Stowe said, and the crash investigation will now be turned over to the National Transportation Safety Board. Crews from Beegles Aircraft Service were disassembling the wreckage Monday afternoon into the evening to haul it away.

Elling and two other Santa Fe residents are listed in federal records as owners of the plane, but that’s “because he [De Lavaissiere] submitted the registration only two weeks ago” to the Federal Aviation Administration, Elling said.

The crash occurred shortly before 10 a.m. Sunday. According to witnesses, the plane appeared to be having engine problems.

De Lavaissiere, reached by phone Monday by the Daily Sentinel of Grand Junction in his Valley View Hospital room, from which he expected to be released Monday night. He said he was flying from Aspen to Paonia when he started losing altitude and sought to land at Glenwood Springs.

“I was going down fast,” he told the Sentinel. He indentified his passenger as Dmitri Arapu, also of Aspen, and said both of them would be OK.

In a news release, Stowe said, “It appeared that the pilot was attempting an emergency landing when the plane flipped over onto its back. The passenger was able to get out of the plane, while the pilot had to wait for emergency responders to free him from the wreckage.”

The initial investigation indicated the plane had attempted an emergency landing in the field behind the old Sopris Restaurant where the River Edge subdivision is being planned. De Lavaissiere told the Sentinel he hit a ditch, causing the airplane to tip over and land upside down.

De Lavaissiere will be responsible for the salvage and reclamation of the airplane wreckage from the site.


The Federal Aviation Administration concluded its inspection of the site of a nonfatal, single-engine plane crash south of Glenwood Springs last night and a closed portion of a bike path has reopened.

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office this morning also released the identity of the pilot. Beniot Delavaiffiere was flying a Cessna 182G Sunday morning when it crashed shortly after takeoff from the Glenwood Springs Municipal Airport about five miles northwest of the crash site, the sheriff’s office said.

It also identified his passenger as Dmitre, but said it didn’t have further information on the passenger’s name.

The sheriff’s office said in a news release that reports from witnesses indicated the plane seemed to have been having engine problems after takeoff and it appeared the pilot was making an emergency landing when the plane flipped over on its back. The passenger got out of the plane on his own but Delavaiffiere had to be extricated by emergency crews.

The two were taken to Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs.

The owner of the plane will be responsible for removing it from the site, the sheriff’s office said.

GARFIELD COUNTY, Colo. — A small plane crashed on the west side of Highway 82 between Glenwood Springs and Carbondale Sunday morning, according to the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office.

Carbondale and Rural Fire Protection District responded to an aircraft emergency at 9:53 a.m.  on the west side of Highway 82 at approximately the eight-mile mark. The crash was just off the Rio Grande Trail, police say.

Upon arrival, the firefighters found a single engine Cessna plane that had crashed in the field and was upside down.

Two people were in the plane at the time. The pilot was trapped and later freed, police say, and because no fire ensued, rescue operations were able to proceed. The pilot the and passenger were both transported to Valley View Hospital with injuries.

No names have been released.

“This plane crash happened in a tough spot with difficult access. I am grateful to all of all of the responders that worked well together get both occupants of the plane out alive. It was a team effort,” said Carbondale Fire Deputy Chief Rob Goodwin said.

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office and the National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating the crash.

The Rio Grande Trail will be closed around the crash site to preserve the scene. Police advise those wishing to use the trail from Glenwood to Carbondale to use an alternative path along County Road 109 from the Hardwick Bridge.


Two people were injured Sunday morning when a small plane crashed south of the Glenwood Springs airport.

The plane went down near Cattle Creek after circling and turning back upvalley in an apparent attempt to make an emergency landing next to the Rio Grande Trail where the River Bend subdivision is being planned for development.

The plane had flipped upside down and had significant damage to the front end.

Initial reports indicated the plane had taken off from Glenwood Springs Municipal Airport shortly before emergency calls came in at 9:53 a.m. and was experiencing engine troubles when the crash occurred.

One person was still in the aircraft when emergency crews arrived and had to be extricated.

The two occupants of the plane were taken to Valley View Hospital with unspecified injuries. There were no fatalities.

A witness said the plane had taken off from the airport a few minutes before the crash.

Another witness, Rick Carlson, who lives west of the Roaring Fork River across from the scene of the crash, said he observed the plane about 300 feet or so above the river and heard the engine sputtering.

“It looked like the pilot decided to land in the field and did a 180-degree turn,” Carlson said. “I did not see the landing but it stirred up quite a bit of dust.”

FAA records show the plane, registration number N3147S, as being a Cessna 182G owned by Heather Cook of Santa Fe, N.M. However, that registration expired on June 30, according to FAA records.

Other owners are listed as John Elling and Thomas Rising, who, according to his LinkedIn account, is a research and development engineer at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico.

Emergency crews from the Carbondale and Glenwood Springs fire departments, Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado State Patrol and Glenwood Springs Police were on the scene of the crash.

“This plane crash happened in a tough spot with difficult access,” Carbondale Deputy Fire Chief Rob Goodwin said. “I am grateful to all of all of the responders that worked well together get both occupants of the plane out alive. It was a team effort.”

The crash will be investigated by the Garfield County Sheriff’s Department and the National Transportation Safety Board.

The Rio Grande Trail was closed near Cattle Creek as crews checked for leaking fluids and cleanup operations began shortly before 11 a.m. The trail from Cattle Creek to County Road 154 at the CMC turnoff will be closed indefinitely while the crash is being investigated. 

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