14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, July 02, 2015 in Carey, ID
Aircraft: PIPER PA 22-135, registration: N8195C
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 2, 2015, at an undetermined time, a Piper PA22-135, N8195C, collided with terrain near Carey, Idaho. The pilot was operating the airplane under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91. The commercial pilot sustained fatal injuries. The airplane was destroyed during the accident sequence. The cross-country personal flight departed Moab, Utah, at 1726 mountain daylight time with a planned destination of Stanley, Idaho. Visual meteorological conditions (VMC) prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed.
The family reported the airplane overdue, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued an alert notice (ALNOT) at 1907 MDT.
The Civil Air Patrol informed the FAA at 1018 MDT on July 3 that they had located the wreckage.
FAA inspectors from the Boise, Idaho, Flight Standards District Office examined the wreckage on scene. They reported that the propeller had separated in the principal impact crater; the main wreckage was less than 50 feet away.
The wreckage was recovered to a secure location for a follow-up examination.
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Boise FSDO-11
REGISTRATION PENDING: http://registry.faa.gov/N8195C
REGISTRATION PENDING: http://registry.faa.gov/N8195C
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Neil “Spud” Wright MacNichol
[Photo courtesy of Wood River Chapel]
Neil Wright MacNichol, 21, a native of McCall, Idaho and a resident of Moab, passed away on July 2, 2015, from injuries sustained in an aircraft accident that occurred approximately 40 miles southeast of Sun Valley, Idaho, while en route from Canyonlands Field Airport to Stanley, Idaho for a family gathering. His plane experienced an undetermined malfunction and went missing the afternoon of July 2, and was discovered on the morning of July 3.
Neil was born October 10, 1993, in Portland, Oregon, the son of Douglas and Lori MacNichol. Neil graduated from McCall-Donnelly High School in 2012. Throughout his high school years, Neil enjoyed hockey as a goalie, lacrosse and football. His senior year he was class vice president with duties such as morning announcements, the daily joke and MC at all events. Neil’s friends remember him as happy, filled with humor and a large contagious smile to share with all. Neil could brighten any room he walked into and was the life of every party.
He went on to further his education at Oregon State University and transferred to an aviation accredited university, Utah Valley University. Neil’s passion was flying and he obtained a pilot’s license at the early age of 17. He then added multi-engine instrument and commercial certifications. He built hours flying in the Idaho backcountry. In 2014, he obtained a commercial flying position for Redtail Aviation in Moab, Utah, and was a professional pilot for the past two years conducting Arial tours over Canyonlands National Park, delivering river rafters to remote corners of the Green and Colorado Rivers and having the time of his life.
Neil saved all his earnings and fulfilled a dream by buying his own plane in early 2015. When he was not enjoying outdoor activities such as rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking, rappelling, camping, snowshoeing, ice climbing, etc., he could be found in the skies. He was highly experienced for such a young pilot after logging countless hours of backcountry navigation and skill training with his mother, who is also a well-known mountain pilot.
Neil had an infectious personality that was fueled by his intellect, humor and passion for life. He loved people and people loved him. He found honor and purpose in all that he did and inspired the same in those around him. He continuously went out of his way to foster the love of aviation in others and shared the thrill of flying every chance he got. He was very close to completing his next goal of obtaining his Certified Flight Instructor certificate. He will be dearly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing and flying with him.
He is survived by his mother Lori MacNichol; sister Madison MacNichol; paternal grandparents Roland and Sally MacNichol; and many loving uncles, aunts and cousins of the MacNichol family. He is also survived on his maternal side by step-grandmother Marty Foster as well as numerous loving uncles, aunts and cousins of the Foster family.
He is preceded in death by his father Douglas MacNichol; maternal grandmother Sue VanHarpen and grandfather Jerry Foster.
A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 18, at the MacNichol and Gregory family residence, 1423 Club Hill Blvd., McCall ID 83638.
The family asks that everyone who would like to join, please come and take part in a celebration of Neil’s life and memory. Please bring your favorite story or memory of Neil and any beloved photos, which you are willing to part with as they will be put into a book at a later date.
A foundation has been established at Idaho First Bank in McCall, Idaho, in Neil’s memory for the purpose of funding local students who desire to be aspiring pilots. In lieu of flowers, please contribute in Neil’s honor.
Arrangements are under the care of Wood River Chapel of Hailey, Idaho. Friends may visit www.woodriverchapel.com to share a message, photo or story and to light a candle.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Toxicology tests are planned on the body of a 21-year-old commercial pilot who died after his backcountry aircraft crashed near Craters of the Moon National Monument in south-central Idaho.
Blaine County Coroner Russ Mikel said Neil MacNichol of McCall died of blunt force trauma in the crash on Thursday.
Authorities said MacNichol was flying from Moab, Utah, to Stanley, Idaho, when he disappeared. The wreckage was found on Friday and reported by authorities on Monday.
MacNichol is listed as one of the instructors at McCall Mountain Canyon Flying Seminars, which specializes in backcountry flying.
Mikel said the aircraft, a Piper PA-22-135 Tri-Pacer, struck the ground at a steep angle but away from old lava flows in the area.
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.
CAREY, Idaho ( KMVT / KSVT ) - A 21 year old pilot from McCall was killed in a plane crash south of Carey, near Craters of the Moon.
Neil MacNichol was reported missing on July 2nd.
On July 3rd, the Civil Air Patrol out of Idaho Falls called the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office to report a possible aviation crash site near Craters of the Moon.
The Blaine County Sheriff’s Office was the first to respond on ground and confirmed the crash site.
The BLM assisted to prevent any fuel sparked fires.
Soon after, the Civil Air Patrol determined the plane belonged to MacNichol, who apparently died on impact.
The FAA is investigating the crash.
Neil W. MacNicol, 21, was the lone occupant when his plane crashed on its way to Stanley.
Blaine County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Holly Carter said that MacNicol was reported missing Thursday and that they were tipped about a potential crash site by Civil Air Patrol out of Idaho Falls.
"Our understanding here is that he had stopped in Malad and was traveling to Stanley," Carter said.
Along with the sheriff's office a fire truck with the Bureau of Land Management and the Blaine County Coroner responded to the crash.
"Initial indicators are that he died on impact," Carter said.
The Federal Aviation Administration also responded to the crash and has taken over the investigation.
The crash occurred about two miles south-east of Corral Butte in Laidlaw Park.