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NTSB Identification: WPR16CA121
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, May 25, 2016 in Brookings, OR
Aircraft: CHAMPION 7ECA, registration: N9583S
Injuries: 1 Serious.
NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.
A witness reported that he observed the airplane lift off and fly low over the length of the runway several times before it entered the traffic pattern to land. The airplane approached the runway normally, however, it touched down about halfway down the runway at a high rate of speed. Towards the end of the runway, the airplane turned sharply and exited the runway surface. The airplane traversed down an embankment and abruptly came to rest at the bottom, substantially damaging the firewall and right wing. The pilot did not report any anomalies with the airframe or engine.
A Grants Pass man is being treated for injuries after crashing his small plane at the Brookings Airport at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.
Robert Earl Stonebrook, 78, was landing his plane at the south end of the runway and it made contact with the ground when he veered off to the right, and his plane took a nosedive into the nearby ravine. He was alone in the plane.
Stonebrook, who has a second home in Brookings, walked away from the plane, a 1965 Champion Citabria 7ECA, but then asked to be transported to Sutter Coast Hospital. The extent of his injuries are currently unknown, but according to Brookings Police, he was transported from the Crescent City hospital to another hospital for further care around 1:30 p.m. Attempts to contact Stonebrook were unsuccessful.
Several Brookings Police officers and Brookings Fire Department volunteers arrived at the scene shortly after the crash, assisting the pilot, assessing the damage and trying to suppress the fire danger from the plane, which was leaking fuel into the brush where it crashed.
“We don’t know right now what happened with the plane,” said Sgt. Terry Murray about an hour after the crash. “Whether it was mechanical or a pilot error, we’re still investigating right now.”
Lt. Donny Dotson said the plane was in the air for about 20 minutes before landing, and the crash was witnessed by a few people at the airport.
Local pilot Don Blue, who was at the airport and saw the crash said Stonebrook “landed long” and elected to make a turn into the bushes instead of going off the end of the runway — a decision he said seemed prudent given that the runway ends in a downhill.
The police are in contact with the Federal Aviation Administration, which authorized the plane to be removed from the ravine. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will also be coming to examine the plane and investigate the crash.
The plane was removed from the ravine by the Brookings Tire Company, which towed the plane out of the ravine and transported it back to its hangar.
Fire Chief Jim Watson said the plane was estimated to hold about 20 gallons of fuel on each side, and that a few gallons had spilled into the brush. As trucks dragged the plane out of the ravine, Assistant Fire Chief Tom Kerr sprayed the plane with water to dissipate the fumes and prevent the start of a fire in the ravine.
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