Monday, December 12, 2016

Quest Kodiak 100, registered to Lease Air LLC, operated by Aerowest Aviation dba Redtail Air, N772RT: Fatal accident occurred December 12, 2016 near Canyonlands Field Airport (KCNY), Moab, Grand County, Utah

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident.


LEASE AIR LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N772RT

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA SALT LAKE CITY FSDO-07

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - ;National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

NTSB Identification: WPR17FA035
Nonscheduled 14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Accident occurred Monday, December 12, 2016 in Moab, UT
Aircraft: QUEST AIRCRAFT COMPANY LLC KODIAC 100, registration: N772RT
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 December 12, 2016, about 0537 mountain standard time, a Quest Kodiac, N772RT, impacted powerlines shortly after takeoff from the Canyonlands Field Airport (CNY), Moab, Utah. The pilot (sole occupant) was fatally injured and the airplane was destroyed. The airplane was registered to Lease Air LLC, and was operated by Aerowest Aviation doing business as Redtail Air, as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135 relocation flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and a visual flight rules company flight plan was filed. The flight originated from CNY at about 0536 and was destined for Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC), Salt Lake City, Utah.

A security camera video revealed the airplane took off uneventfully, the pilot made a right turn and it appeared as if the airplane started to descend slightly. Suddenly the airplane entered a rapid descent before it contacted powerlines and impacted the ground.

At 0553, the weather at CNY was reported as wind from 330 at 4 knots, visibility 10 statute miles, clear skies, temperature 1 degrees C, dewpoint -2 degrees C, and an altimeter setting of 29.59 inches of mercury. 


The airplane has been recovered to a secure 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.


MOAB — Police have released the name of a pilot killed in a plane crash Monday near the Canyonlands Field Airport. 

Donald Kim Ruble, 65, of Moab, was killed after the Quest Kodiak 100 aircraft he was flying caught a high transmission power line approximately 1 mile southwest of the airport and crashed shortly before 6 a.m. Monday, the Grand County Sheriff's Office said.

The plane was operated by Red Tail Aviation, according to police. Grand County sheriff's spokesman Rick Bailey said Ruble was a contracted pilot for a company that moves freight. The plane was headed to Green River with a final destination of Salt Lake City, Bailey said.

Officials with the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash. 



Authorities say a man has died after a small plane he was flying hit an electricity line near the tourist town of Moab, Utah.

Grand County Sheriff's spokesman Rick Bailey said the crash occurred early Monday morning shortly after the pilot took off from the Canyonlands Field Airport near Moab. Bailey says the man was the only one aboard the single-engine plane.

Bailey says the man was a contracted pilot for a company that moves freight. It was in route to Green River with a final planned destination of Salt Lake City. He says they don't know yet if the plane was empty or carrying cargo.

The man has not yet been identified. Officials with the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash.

Moab is a popular tourist destination in southern Utah's red rock country located about 225 miles southeast of Salt Lake City.

Story and comments:   http://www.foxnews.com



GRAND COUNTY, Utah, Dec. 12, 2016 (Gephardt Daily) — One man has died in a small plane crash near Moab Monday morning.

A single-engine Quest Kodiak 100 plane hit a high-powered electric line at 5:48 a.m., according to Grand County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Rick Bailey.

The plane then went down and caught fire on impact with the ground, Bailey said. The pilot, the only person on board, died as a result of the accident.

Bailey said the plane, which is owned by Redtail Aviation, was contracted by UPS. The plane took off from Canyonlands Field Airport and was scheduled to make a stop in Price before landing in Salt Lake City. The crash occurred about a mile southwest of Canyonlands Field Airport, about 20 miles northwest of Moab.

The body of the victim has been transported to the Utah Office of the Medical Examiner for identification. The name of the victim is being withheld pending notification of his family.

Source:  http://gephardtdaily.com


MOAB — A man was killed in a plane crash near Moab early Monday morning.

The single-engine plane hit a high tension power line shortly after takeoff from the Canyonlands Field Airport around 5:45 a.m., according to Grand County Sheriff’s Office public information officer Rick Bailey. The plane went down about a mile from the airport and the pilot died on impact, Bailey said. The pilot was the only person aboard the plane.

The man was a contracted pilot for a company that moves freight, Bailey said. It was en route to Green River with a final planned destination of Salt Lake City. Bailey said investigators don't know yet if the plane was empty or carrying cargo.

The plane is owned by Redtail Aviation, Bailey said. The victim has not yet been identified, pending family notification.

Story and video:  http://www.ksl.com




MOAB — Authorities say a man has died after a small plane he was flying hit an electricity line near the tourist town of Moab.

Grand County sheriff's spokesman Rick Bailey said the crash occurred early Monday morning shortly after the pilot took off from the Canyonlands Field Airport near Moab. Bailey says the man was the only one aboard the single-engine plane.

Bailey says the man was a contracted pilot for a company that moves freight. It was in route to Green River with a final planned destination of Salt Lake City. He says they don't know yet if the plane was empty or carrying cargo.

The man has not yet been identified. Officials with the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash.

Source:  http://www.deseretnews.com

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