14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, October 02, 2015 in Deer Park, WA
Aircraft: JOHNSON Coot, registration: N69BD
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 October 2, 2015, about 1112 Pacific daylight time, an experimental amateur built Johnson Coot A, N69BD, was destroyed when it impacted terrain about 1 mile north of the Deer Park Airport (DEW), Deer Park, Washington. The amphibious airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The private pilot, sole occupant of the airplane, was fatally injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight. The local flight originated from DEW about 1110.
Numerous witnesses located adjacent to the accident site reported that the airplane departed from runway 16. One witness, who was a rated pilot, reported that while the airplane was on upwind, he heard the engine sputter. Witnesses continued to observe the airplane turn left and remained within the airport traffic pattern. Another witness, who was in an airplane within the airport traffic pattern, reported that they observed the accident airplane "enter a spin" and descend into the ground on base leg, or close to an area where normally a turn from base to final would be commenced. No distress calls were heard on the airport's common traffic advisory frequency.
Examination of the accident site revealed that the airplane impacted a wooded area about 1 mile north of the airport. The airplane came to rest upright on a heading of about 225 degrees magnetic adjacent to numerous trees about 20 feet in height. All major structural components of the airplane were located at the accident site. Numerous displaced instruments and plexi glass were located within about 50 feet of the main wreckage. The wreckage was recovered to a secure location for further examination.
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Spokane County Sheriff's Department chaplains were on the scene of an airplane crash near Deer Park on Friday.
A small plane crashed in Deer Park near the airport Friday morning, killing the pilot.
The plane crashed near the intersection of Montgomery Road and North Cedar Road, about two miles north of the Deer Park airport.
Spokane County Fire District 4, the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office and Deer Park Ambulance responded to the crash, which happened around 11:15 a.m.
Spokane County Fire District 4 spokeswoman Megan Hill said the pilot was pronounced dead on impact and no one else was found in the plane.
First responders searched the nearby area and did not find any passengers, she said.
The pilot’s home airport was Deer Park, but it’s unclear what his flight plan was.
“He had either just taken off and was circling around or he had been gone and was coming in,” Spokane County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Deputy Mark Gregory said.
Gregory said he was unsure about the plane’s model, but said it was small, could land on water and did not have pontoons like a float plane.
The Federal Aviation Administration was on-scene Friday and National Transportation Security Board investigators will begin investigating Saturday, Gregory said.
The pilot will be identified by the Spokane County Medical Examiner.