Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Champion 7ECA Citabria, N9583S: Accident occurred May 25, 2016 at Brookings Airport (KBOK), Curry County, Oregon

Kathryn's Report:

Date: 25-MAY-16
Time: 17:37:00Z
Regis#: N9583S
Aircraft Make: CHAMPION
Aircraft Model: 7ECA
Event Type: Accident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Substantial
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
FAA Flight Standards District Office:  FAA Portland FSDO-09
State: Oregon


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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