Saturday, October 3, 2015

Cessna TU206G Turbo, N206HL, Global Ventures Inc: Accident occurred October 02, 2015 in Fall City, King County, Washington 

NTSB Identification: WPR16LA003
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, October 02, 2015 in Fall City, WA
Aircraft: CESSNA TU206G, registration: N206HL
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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 October 2, 2015, about 1835 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna TU206G, N206HL, impacted terrain for unknown reasons about 1 mile from the Fall City Airport (1WA6), Fall City, Washington. Global Ventures, Inc., owned the airplane, which the pilot operated under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulation Part 91. The pilot, the sole occupant, was seriously injured; the airplane sustained substantial damage. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight that departed an unknown location. The pilot was destined for 1WA6.

According to first responders, the airplane had come to rest behind the Fall City Beach Grill. The wings had been extensively damaged and the left fuel tank had ruptured.

A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector responded to the accident site. He stated that the engine mounts and engine separated from the firewall and the nose landing gear fork had sheared.

The airplane was recovered for further examination.

There were some frightening moments for a pilot and witnesses on the ground as a small plane crashed-landed into a field near the Fall City Bistro and the busy SR 202/SR 203 roundabout, Friday evening, October 2, 2015.

The single-engine Cessna 206 made a crash landing around 6:30PM. Residents of the area sad the pilot did a good job avoiding wires, the highway, roundabout and and the restaurant.

Witnesses on the ground helped get the pilot, who was the only person aboard, out of the plane until aid crews arrived and took the man to a nearby hospital.
The King County Sheriff’s Office said pilot suffered non-life threatening injuries. Witnesses in the area reported being told the man had a compound leg fracture.

According to the Seattle Times, patrons of the Fall City Bistro reported hearing a boom and then saw the plane crash-land in the adjacent field.  An employee of the popular restaurant helped the injured pilot.

The was no word as to the cause of the crash. The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate.



FALL CITY, Wash. -- The pilot of a small airplane suffered significant injuries Friday night when he crashed in a field in Fall City. 

The crash was reported just before 6:30 p.m. in the 4000 block of Fall City-Carnation Rd SE, according to the King County sheriff's office.

The pilot, who was the only person on board, suffered a compound fracture when his Cessna 206 went down.

Jonathan Borth, manager at the nearby Fall City Bistro, was standing in the kitchen and looking out the window when he saw the plane crash. Borth, who is a former Marine, immediately ran outside to help.

"As he hit the ground I hit the ground running out there," he said. "When I got there another gentleman was pulling him out."

Danielle Schleiffers also helped rescue the pilot. She was driving when she saw the plane coming down right in front of her.

"I saw him and he seemed to kind of lose some kind of control where he was wobbling back and forth and then he just nose-dived into the field and did a somersault," she said.

Like Borth, Schleiffers didn't hesitate and immediately acted to save the pilot.

"I was kind of on auto pilot," she said. "There was no hesitation. We gotta get him out. We moved him about 100 yards to make sure there was no fire danger."

Medics arrived soon after and transported the pilot to a local hospital, according to the sheriff's office. His injuries are not considered life threatening. No one else was injured.

Ian Gregor with the Federal Aviation Administration said his agency will investigate the crash.


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