NTSB Identification: WPR16FA013
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, October 15, 2015 in Swan Valley, ID
Aircraft: AVIAT A-1C-200, registration: N280TB
Injuries: 1 Fatal, 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 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 15, 2015, about 1646 mountain daylight time, an Aviat Aircraft Incorporated, Husky A-1C-200 airplane, N280TB, sustained substantial damage when it impacted mountainous terrain about 15 miles east of Swan Valley, Idaho. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91. The Air Transport pilot was fatally injured and the passenger sustained serious injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed. The local, personal flight departed Alpine Airport, Alpine, Wyoming about 1630.
According to the pilot of a second airplane, who was flying behind the accident airplane as a formation flight; they flew over the Palisades reservoir and then climbed up and flew into the Little Creek Canyon area. As the accident airplane approached a ridgeline, the pilot radioed that he was going to perform a 360 left turn, in order to climb, prior to crossing the ridgeline. After completing about 270 degrees of the turn, the number two airplane spotted an area of dust on the ground below. Subsequently, the pilot confirmed that the disturbance on the ground was the lead airplane's wreckage. The second airplane circled the area, to assist in notifying authorities of the accident.
Examination of the accident site by the National Transportation Safety Board, investigator-in-charge, revealed that all the major components of the airplane were located at the main wreckage site.
The airplane was recovered to a secure facility for further examination.
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Salt Lake City FSDO-07
Travis Hamilton and his daughter Anabeth
Obituary for Travis Matthew Hamilton
Travis Matthew Hamilton, 43, of Edmond, OK, left this life on October 15, in Idaho, doing what he loved, which was flying. He leaves behind his loving wife Beth, daughters Paige and Anabeth, son Matthew, parents Dennis and Yvonne Albers of Columbia, SC, Thomas and Debbie Hamilton, of Oklahoma City, OK, and sister, Heather Royal of Highlands Ranch, CO.
Travis was born on September 13, 1972 in Clinton, OK. He showed his ambition at an early age, becoming an Eagle Scout at the age of 15 and he stayed active in the Boy Scouts with his son, Matthew. He graduated from Putnam City North High School and from Northeastern State University. After a successful career in the Army, Investment Banking and Private Equity fields, Travis founded Group d’Avia to assist aircraft purchasers in acquisition. A former Captain for Republic Airways, Travis loved to fly and was a very accomplished pilot, most recently flying a G550 for Priester Aviation. He was an active member of the OKC Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO).
Travis was rarely seen without a smile on his face. Many friends loved to live vicariously through his frequent world travels and exciting adventures. He had a generous heart and would do anything to help his countless friends. Travis may have been taken too soon but what a life he led while between Heaven and Earth! His family and friends are left to treasure his life, as it inspired many to live their dreams as Travis chased his. Let us look forward to the day we can soar with Travis again.
A service celebrating his life will be held on Saturday, October 24 at 1:30 p.m. at Henderson Hills Baptist Church, where the family are members. A come-and-go visitation and reception will be held on Friday, October 23 from 6-8 p.m. at Crawford Family Funeral Service, Edmond.
- Source: http://www.crawfordfuneralservice.com
Group D'Avia: https://twitter.com/GroupdAVIA
Search and rescue crews with the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office recovered the body of the Oklahoma pilot flying the plane when it crashed.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, the plane went down east of the Palisades Reservoir in the Swan Valley area of Sheep Mountain.
Investigators say the pilot and his 14 year old daughter had taken off from the airport in Alpine, Wyoming and planned to do some sight seeing.
Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Jeff Edwards tells KPVI that crews met at the Palisades Dam on Friday morning to recover the pilot’s body. The Sheriff’s Office contracted with a private helicopter to get into the area of the crash.
Edwards says the wreckage of a Aviat A-1C-200 Husky was found in steep mountainous terrain.
A Life Flight helicopter air lifted the 14 year old girl out of the area on Thursday night and took her to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center where she is in good condition.
Sergeant Edwards says it will be up to the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Board to find out why the plane crashed.
Sgt. Jeff Edwards with the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office says that the terrain where the plane crashed was very treturous and steep and the plane had been flying in a very steep mountainous area and they didn’t get above the mountain.
“You know in this point in the process the local law enforcement does not investigate plane crashes. What we do is deal with those immediate life risk issues. We take photographs and then we secure the scene. This afternoon, FAA and NTSB will actually respond to do the investigation portion of that,” says Sgt. Jeff Edwards, Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office.
The Sheriff’s Office released the name of the pilot late this afternoon. He was 43 year old Travis M. Hamilton of Edmond Oklahoma.
The teen girl’s name has not been released.
According to FAA’s registry, the plane was brand new, manufactured just this year and only registered in July.
- Source: http://www.kpvi.com
UPDATE: The pilot has been identified as Travis M. Hamilton, 43 years old, of Edmond Oklahoma.
On October 15 at 5:25 p.m. Bonneville County back country deputies were dispatched to an airplane accident east of Palisades Reservoir near Sheep Mountain. Deputies requested Life Flight which was in the back country area on another call to respond. Idaho Falls Fire, Swan Valley Fire, and Bonneville County Search and Rescue responded.
Life Flight was able to locate the crash. They confirmed that the pilot was deceased in the plane. They transported a 14 year old girl to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center. She is in good condition. Due to the steep mountainous area, we were not able to go to the crash site last night.
The airplane, a Aviat A-1C-200 Husky, took off from the airport in Alpine Wyoming. The pilot that passed away was the father of the 14 year old girl. They live in Oklahoma.
This morning the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office contracted with a helicopter to get us into the area. We were able to recover the body of the pilot.
Local first responders do not investigate airplanes crashes. We generally deal with life-saving issues first, and then secure the scene for investigators. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will come to our area to begin an investigation later today.
- Source: http://www.idahostatejournal.com
SWAN VALLEY — An Oklahoma man was killed and his 14-year-old daughter is in good condition after the small plane they were in crashed in a remote area near Palisades Reservoir late Thursday, Oct. 15.
The Aviat A-1C-200 plane went down around 5:15 p.m. about two miles east of Palisades near Sheep Mountain, according to Bonneville County Sheriff Sgt. Jeff Edwards.
Edwards say friends of the victims were in another plane and took off from an airport in Alpine, Wyoming at the same time. The friends witnessed the plane crash and called for help.
The teenage girl was able to leave the plane after the crash, according to Edwards, but her father was killed on impact. Because of the remote area, crews were unable to recover his body until Friday morning.
A Life Flight crew was in the area when the plane crashed and responded within minutes. They transported the 14-year-old to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls where she was listed in good condition Friday morning, Edwards said.
The dense forest near the crash site has created challenges for investigators.
“There’s basically only three ways in – on foot, horseback, or helicopter,” Edwards said. “The plane is still there and will be for a while.”
Investigators from the FAA and National Traffic Safety Board are expected to respond to the crash Friday afternoon.
- Source: http://www.eastidahonews.com