Monday, June 27, 2016

Universal Stinson 108, N9063K; accident occurred June 27, 2016 near Houston, Alaska -Kathryn's Report

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Anchorage FSDO-03

NTSB Identification: ANC16LA035
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, June 25, 2016 in Big Lake, AK
Aircraft: UNIVERSAL STINSON 108, registration: N9063K
Injuries: 2 Minor, 1 Uninjured.

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 may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On June 25, 2016, about 1800 Alaska daylight time, a Stinson 108 airplane, N9063K, sustained substantial damage during a forced landing, following a loss of engine power near Big Lake, Alaska. The airplane was registered to, and operated by, the pilot as a visual flight rules (VFR) flight under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 when the accident occurred. Of the three people on board, the certificated private pilot and one passenger sustained minor injuries, and one passenger was uninjured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan had been filed. The flight departed Merrill Field, Anchorage, Alaska, at about 1725.

During a telephone conversation with the National Transportation Safety Board investigator-in-charge on June 26, the pilot stated that the purpose of the flight was to take two family members, who were visiting from out of town, on a sightseeing flight. About 35 minutes into the flight, while circling a friend's cabin at about 550 feet above ground level, the engine began to sputter followed by a total loss of engine power. He made a forced landing in an area of densely populated spruce and birch trees. During the forced landing the airplane sustained substantial damage to the wings and fuselage.

The airplane was equipped with a Continental Motors O-470R engine. 

The closest weather reporting facility was Wasilla Airport, Wasilla, Alaska, about 19 miles east of the accident site. At 1756, a weather observation from Wasilla Airport was reporting, in part: wind from 080 degrees at 4 knots; visibility 10 statute miles; clouds and sky condition, few clouds at 4,600 feet, scattered clouds at 5,500 feet, broken clouds at 7,500 feet; temperature 66 degrees F; dew point 48 degrees F; altimeter 29.89 inHg.

An examination of the engine is pending.

HOUSTON, Alaska (KTUU) - Two people sustained minor injuries in a small plane crash near Houston on Saturday, Alaska State Troopers say.

According to a dispatch posted online, the 1949 Super Stinson lost power and crashed about a mile and a half North of Butterfly Lake. Three people were onboard the aircraft: a pilot and two passengers. Troopers were notified of the crash at around 6:15 p.m.

“Another aircraft in the area was able to land at a nearby lake and transported all occupants to Anchorage where they received treatment for their injuries at Providence Medical Center,” troopers wrote.

The pilot has been identified by troopers as 44-year-old Rusty Kline from Anchorage. The two passengers have been identified as 68-year-old Arthur Cordova and 69-year-old Ruth Cordova, both from Colorado Springs.

Brice Banning, a senior aircraft accident investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board, said that two of the aircraft’s occupants sustained minor injuries while the third person was uninjured.

According to Banning, the aircraft took off from Merrill Field on a sightseeing tour and was scheduled to return to Merrill without stopping. About 35 minutes into the flight, the aircraft sustained a loss of engine power and crashed.

Original article can be found here:

An Anchorage pilot and his two passengers survived a Saturday plane crash near the Nancy Lake State Recreational Area with minor injuries, according to investigators.

Pilot Rusty Kline, 44, of Anchorage and his passengers Arthur Cordova, 68, and Ruth Cordova, 69, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, were flying in a four-passenger 1949 Stinson airplane when the taildragger plane lost power and crashed near Butterfly Lake, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Butterfly Lake is south of the boundaries of the Nancy Lake State Recreation Area, northwest of Houston.

The plane had taken off from Merrill Field for a sightseeing trip and had been in the air for about 35 minutes when it ran into engine problems, said National Transportation Safety Board senior investigator Bryce Banning Sunday.

Troopers were notified of the crash at 6:15 p.m., according to an online dispatch posted Sunday.

"Another aircraft in the area was able to land at a nearby lake and transported all occupants to Anchorage where they received treatment for their injuries at Providence (Alaska) Medical Center," troopers wrote in an online dispatch Sunday.

Two of the people in the plane sustained minor injuries and a third was unharmed.

What exactly caused the plane to lose power is still under investigation, Banning said.

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