Thursday, April 21, 2016

Mooney M20K 231, N97119, MC Air Inc: Fatal accident occurred April 21, 2016 at Woodland State Airport (W27), Woodland, Washington


FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Portland FSDO-09

NTSB Identification: WPR16FA095
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, April 21, 2016 in Woodland, WA
Aircraft: MOONEY AIRCRAFT CORP. M20K, registration: N97119
Injuries: 1 Fatal, 2 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 April 21, 2016, about 1445 Pacific daylight time, a Mooney M20K, N97119, was substantially damaged during its departure from Woodland State Airport (W27), Woodland, Washington. The rear seat passenger was fatally injured; the commercial pilot and front seat passenger received serious injuries. The airplane was registered to MC AIR Inc., and was operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 flight. Although visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, an instrument flight plan was filed for the cross country flight, which was destined for Renton Municipal Airport (RNT), Renton, Washington. The personal flight was originating at the time of the accident. 

According to a video of the accident flight, the airplane began a takeoff roll from runway 32. The airplane approached the departure end of the runway and entered a nose high attitude as the left main landing gear lifted from the runway surface. After the airplane departed the asphalt runway, it maintained a steep angle of attack and then settled into grass about 75 feet from the airport perimeter fence. At this time the engine harmonics changed, consistent with a decrease in engine power. The airplane subsequently collided with the fence and then impacted the rising face of a berm. According to a witness, the airplane reached an altitude of approximately 4 feet during the attempted departure.

The airplane came to rest on top of a berm about 500 feet from the departure end of runway 32 at W27. An initial impact point (IIP) was identified by a crater that measured about 8 feet long. Both main landing gear, were located on the rising face of the berm about 37 feet beyond the airport perimeter fence. The main wreckage, comprised of all four corners of the airplane, was about 5 feet beyond the IIP and remained intact and was oriented on a heading of 320 degrees magnetic. Both propeller blades displayed chordwise striations along their respective leading edges. Propeller Blade A exhibited a slight aft bend and was tangled in a portion of the airport perimeter fence. Propeller Blade B did not display any bending. 

The rudder, elevator and aileron control tubes were traced from their respective control surfaces to the cockpit. The elevator jackscrew displayed 6 threads, consistent with a takeoff position. 

The 1453 recorded weather observation at Scappoose Industrial Airpark (SPB), Scappoose, Oregon included wind 070 degrees true at 4 knots, visibility 10 statute miles, clear skies, temperature 22 degrees C, dew point 08 degrees C, and an altimeter setting of 29.71 inches of mercury.

Two Washington residents injured in Thursday's plane crash at Woodland Airport have been identified and released from the hospital, and authorities have changed their description of the fatal accident.

The pilot of the single-engine aircraft, Angus Walker, 52, of Woodinville and front-seat passenger, Jacob Kuper, 36, of Enumclaw were found outside the aircraft and both suffered serious injuries, according to a Monday press release from the Woodland Police Department. 

They were treated and released from PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center late last week. 

Rear-seat passenger Marc Messina, 56, of Renton was found dead inside the cabin of the plane, a Mooney 20K that was owned by McAir Inc. of Woodinville. 

According to the press release, the aircraft attempted to take off in a northbound direction. However, it failed to gain adequate lift and crashed into an eight-foot chain link fence and striking a berm at the Woodland Waste Water Treatment Plant off the north end of the runway. The cause of the crash is unknown.

Officials initially speculated that the plane crashed during an emergency landing.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the incident. 

Original article can be found here:

Marc Messina (left). (Photo: Jim Linkous)

WOODLAND, Wash. — There is a story behind the picture (above), now stored on Jim Linkous' cellphone. He and longtime friend, Marc Messina, along with a couple other people had spent the day fishing for salmon. Instead, as the picture shows, they ended up catching a clam.

It's now one of the last pictures he has of 56-year-old Messina.

"I never, ever thought that we would have this happen an hour after we were off the water," Linkous told KATU News.

The next cellphone image Linkous would capture would be the moments before the deadly plane crash Thursday afternoon at Woodland Airport -- killing Messina and injuring both the pilot and another passenger. Linkous has since handed over the video to crash investigators.

According to Linkous, he had dropped Messina, the pilot and another passenger off at the airport after a day on the water and decided to run and get them water. By the time he got back, they were already taxiing.

"The aircraft just could not get off enough lift. It got maybe 5-6 feet in the air and the pilot, really did it heroically, he took the aircraft back down, hit a fence to try and slow them and hit the berm and they came to rest, but it was horrific impact," Linkous said.

Calling 911 on the way, Linkous quickly ran over only to eventually pull the pilot from the plane. He sat with Messina, who he says was already gone.

In the day since the crash, Linkous finds himself thinking back to that wonderful day on the water, just hours before the crash and remembering his friend of 15-years, "I sort of think (of him) like an Italian family should be -- just this wholesome and connected -- and you know, full of love and joy and generosity and that was Marc."

"Marc is probably honestly one of the best guys that I have ever met in my life,"

Messina, who lived in Seattle, but was raised in Portland, was married with three daughters. He was in town after visiting his daughter in southern California.

Linkous says both the pilot and the other passenger are still recovering.

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The person who died in a plane crash at Woodland State Airport Thursday afternoon was identified as a Renton man.

The Cowlitz County Coroner ‘s Office identified Marc Sebastian Messina, 56, as the man who died after the plane he was in, a Mooney M20K, went off the runway, through a fence and up an embankment.

The crash, reported at about 3 p.m., injured two other passengers aboard the plane, but their identity and conditions have not been released.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer said that the plane crashed under unknown circumstances and that both the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

Messina co-founded CTS and leads the business team. His prior experience includes having been a General Manager for both Airborne Express and Expanets. With an Executive MBA from the University of Washington, Messina is a Marketing and Business Process expert leading strategic thinking in understanding and implementing technologies for a specific business need.

Original article can be found here:

Marc Messina (left) with longtime friend, Jim Linkous. (Photo courtesy: Jim Linkous)

Marc Messina, 56, of Renton. (Photo courtesy of a friend)

WOODLAND, Wash. (AP) — The man who died in a small plane crash north of Portland, Oregon, Thursday has been identified.

The Cowlitz County Coroner’s Office identified 56-year-old Marc Sebastian Messina, of Renton, as the man who died. The medical examiner said Messina was the rear-seat passenger and died upon impact.

Officials say two others were injured in the crash in which the single-engine Mooney M20K drove off the end of the runway, through a fence and up an embankment. Officials haven’t released the names or conditions of those injured.

The Columbian reports ( ) the plane is registered to a Woodinville corporation and was bound for Renton.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer says the plane crashed under unknown circumstances. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

Woodland is about 30 miles north of Portland, Oregon.

One person was killed and two others were injured after a small aircraft ran off the runway at the Woodland State Airport, Woodland Mayor Will Finn said.

Emergency personnel were called to the scene about 3 p.m., with firefighters arriving to find that a single-engine plane had gone off the end of the runway, through a fence and up an embankment, Clark County Fire & Rescue Spokesman Tim Dawdy said.

Injured patients inside the plane were taken to area medical centers, Dawdy said. Three people were in the plane, but he couldn’t comment on their conditions.

Authorities on scene said that the plane, a Mooney M20K registered to a corporation in Woodinville, was bound for Renton.

Federal Aviation Administration Spokesman Allen Kenitzer said that the plane crashed under unknown circumstances. Both the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

Finn said services from the wastewater treatment plant, just north of the airport, will not be disrupted for citizens of Woodland.

Washington State Patrol said the plane remained in the landing strip area and did not impact Interstate 5 but that looky-loos caused a traffic hazard by slowing their speeds in the area.

Woodland State Airport, owned by the Washington State Department of Transportation, is east of Interstate 5 on the north side of the North Fork Lewis River. It has one paved runway, 1,953 feet long and 25 feet wide, but no hangars or structures. It averages 69 takeoffs or landings per week, according to, a website for private pilots.

A handful of incidents have been reported at the Woodland airport over the last 20 years, according to Columbian files. In June 1996, a Kalama man piloting an ultralight aircraft was killed during a failed takeoff. In June 2003, a plane taking off in gusty wind veered off course and slammed into the runway, but no one was killed. In September 2007, a plane that had taken off from Pearson Field in Vancouver attempted to make an emergency landing at Woodland after the engine quit, but landed short in a raspberry field. No one was injured.

Original article can be found here:

WOODLAND, Wash. – One person died and two people were injured after a small plane went off a runway and crashed at the Woodland State Airport Thursday afternoon, according to Clark County fire officials.

Woodland Mayor Will Finn said one person was killed in the crash. The extent of the other passengers' injuries was not immediately released.

The plane crashed through a fence and was resting against a small hillside when authorities arrived. At least two of the wheels were broken from the fuselage.

A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said the Mooney M20K crashed under "unknown circumstances." 

Original article can be found here:

WOODLAND, Wash. — One person died and two others are injured after a small plane ran off the Woodland State Airport runway Thursday afternoon.

Fire officials say a Mooney M-20 single-engine plane went off the runway just before 3 p.m., crashed into a fence and went up an embankment.

The extent of the two individuals' injuries is unknown. The victim, who was a passenger in the plane, has not yet been identified.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer says the plane crashed under unknown circumstances. Both the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

According to online records, the plane wasn't supposed to take off until 4:45 p.m.

It's owned by McAir Inc. based in Woodinville, Wash.

The airport is about 30 miles north of Portland.

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