Sunday, June 26, 2016

Cessna A185F Skywagon, N4585F; fatal accident occurred June 25, 2016 in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho -Kathryn's Report

KENNETH D. CHAPMAN:   http://registry.faa.gov/N4585F

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Boise FSDO-11

NTSB Identification: WPR16FA131
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, June 25, 2016 in Coeur d'Alene, ID
Aircraft: CESSNA A185F, registration: N4585F
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 June 25, 2016, about 1200 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna A185F, N4585F, airplane was substantially damaged when it collided with terrain about 16 miles northeast of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. The private pilot, sole occupant of the airplane, was fatally injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan had been filed for the local flight. The pilot departed Felts Field Airport (SFF) Spokane, Washington, about 1126. 

A witness located at the Horse Haven Airstrip, a private airstrip about 1 mile southwest of the accident site, reported observing the accident airplane flying northeast and "then came back around buzzing us as if to land on the airstrip." An additional witness located at the airstrip stated that the airplane made two passes over the airstrip, stating the first pass was "very high and the second pass was just above the tree tops in a northeast direction." The witness further reported that after the second pass, the airplane never returned and no noise was heard after the airplane left the area.

Examination of the accident site by the National Transportation Safety Board investigator in charge revealed that the airplane wreckage was located on a wooded hillside, in mountainous terrain, at an elevation of about 3,100 feet, mean sea level. The first identified point of contact was the top of a tree about 100 feet in height, located about 150 feet northeast of the main wreckage location. All major components of the airplane were located in the debris path. The airplane was recovered to a secured location for further examination.

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov,  and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov.

A Spokane man was found dead in the wreckage of an airplane crash discovered Saturday in a thickly forested area east of Coeur d’Alene, officials said.

A Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office deputy confirmed that the man was the pilot and lone occupant of the plane, the sheriff’s office said Sunday. The man’s identity and information about the plane were withheld pending notification to the family.

A person driving through the Horsehaven area, about 40 miles east of Coeur d’Alene, saw the wreckage off Forest Service Road 794. The downed plane was about 25 yards up a steep embankment.


A backcountry deputy and volunteer county search and rescue personnel patrolling the area were within a mile of the crash site and arrived just after 3 p.m.


Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration were advised of the crash, and a detective from the sheriff’s office responded to assist with the investigation.


The crash was secured overnight and detectives resumed the investigation Sunday morning.


Original article can be found here:   http://www.spokesman.com


Authorities say a Washington state man from Spokane has died in a small plane crash in a remote area of northern Idaho.


The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office in a statement Sunday says a passer-by driving through the area at about 3 p.m. Saturday spotted airplane wreckage off the road and alerted authorities.


Officials say a deputy arrived at the scene and confirmed that the pilot and sole occupant was dead in the plane.


Officials have not released the man's name.


Officials say the scene was secured overnight and the National Transportation Safety Board plans to resume investigating Sunday.


Original article can be found here: http://www.idahostatesman.com


KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho -  An airplane crash in the backcountry claimed the life of a Spokane man, according to the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies responded to a thickly forested area near Horsehaven, about 40 miles east of Coeur d'Alene, for a reported airplane crash around 3 p.m. Saturday. A passerby was driving through the area and saw the wreckage off the road.

A backcountry deputy and KSCO Volunteer Search and Rescue personnel patrolling the area arrived on scene within minutes of the report. The deputy confirmed the pilot, who was the only occupant, had died in the crash.

Investigators from the NTSB and FAA were advised of the crash. A KSCO detective is assisting with the investigation.

The scene was secured overnight. Deputies and NTSB investigators will resume the investigation Sunday.

The pilot's identity and airplane information haven't been released yet, pending notification to the family. An airplane crash in the backcountry claimed the life of a Spokane man, according to the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office.

Original article can be found here:  http://www.kxly.com

Kootenai County Sheriff's Office
Media Release
June 26, 2016

Kootenai County, Idaho – Airplane crash in the backcountry claims the life of a Spokane man.

On Saturday, June 25th at just after 3:00 PM, the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office responded to a thickly forested area near Horsehaven for a reported airplane crash. A passerby was driving through the area and saw the wreckage off the road.

Horsehaven is located off Forest Service Road (FSR) 209 and FSR 794, the area is about 40 miles east of Coeur d’Alene by vehicle.

A backcountry deputy and KCSO Volunteer Search and Rescue personnel patrolling the area were within a mile of the crash scene and on scene within minutes of the report. The downed plane was about 25 yards up a steep embankment off FSR 794. The deputy was able to confirm that the pilot (sole occupant) was deceased in the plane.

Additional law enforcement, medical and fire personnel were dispatched from the local area. Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) were contacted and advised of the crash. A KCSO detective also responded to assist with the investigation.

Due to the remoteness of the scene and impending darkness, the scene was secured overnight. Detectives will be resuming their investigation this morning as the NTSB investigators were coming from out of the area.

The identity and airplane information are being withheld pending notification to the family. Further details will not be available today.

Ben Wolfinger, Sheriff
By: Lieutenant Stu Miller

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