Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Beech E17L Staggerwing N41663: Accident occurred January 24, 2017 in Discover Bay, Jefferson County, Washington

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entities: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office;  Renton, Washington

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

http://registry.faa.gov/N41663


NTSB Identification: WPR17LA058
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, January 24, 2017 in Discovery Bay, WA
Aircraft: BEECH E17L, registration: N41663
Injuries: 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 January 24, 2017, about 1430 Pacific standard time, a Beech E17L, N41663, experienced a loss of engine power and the pilot ditched in Discovery Bay, Washington. The pilot, who was additionally the owner, was operating the airplane under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The airline transport pilot, the sole occupant, was not injured; the airplane sustained substantial damage. The personal local area flight departed from Jefferson County International Airport, Port Townsend, Washington, about 1415. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and a flight plan had not been filed.

The pilot stated that following departure, he maneuvered along the shoreline and the airplane reached about 900 feet above ground level (agl). The fuel pressure dropped to zero and the low pressure light illuminated. The pilot switched the fuel selector from a top tank to the main tank and activated the fuel pump. The pressure remained at zero. The pilot attempted to restart the engine and switched tanks again, to no avail. He opted to ditch in the water and avoid the tall trees on land. The airplane touched down in the water and became submerged, sustaining damage to the lower wing. The pilot swam to shore.




DISCOVERY BAY, Wash. -  A pilot was rescued from the water after a small plane went down in Discovery Bay near Port Townsend Tuesday afternoon.

Officials received several 911 calls about the plane crash around 2:30 p.m., said East Jefferson Fire spokesperson Bill Beezley. Witnesses reported the plane went down about 20 yards off the shore. Aerial video of the crash showed the plane nose down in the water with the tail sticking out.

People on a nearby clamming boat saw the plane and helped rescue the pilot, who was uninjured. People on the plane were in the process of towing the small plane to shore.

Story and video:   http://www.king5.com




DISCOVERY BAY — A Port Ludlow man emerged apparently unscathed from a small plane crash in Discovery Bay on Tuesday.

Jeffrey Dow was flying the plane with no passengers aboard, according to the Coast Guard.

Dow refused aid by East Jefferson Fire-Rescue personnel, according to Bill Beezley, public information officer for East Jefferson Fire-Rescue.

Several callers reported a small red plane down in Discovery Bay just after 2:30 p.m., Beezley said.

The plane was floating roughly 200 feet offshore just down from milepost 2.5 on state Highway 20.

The first to respond to the wreck was a commercial shellfish vessel, which rescued Dow, who was able to extract himself from the wreck, Beezley said.

The commercial vessel, which was more of a raft, towed the partially submerged plane to shallower waters, Beezley said.

The plane was a Beech E-17L, a single-engine, fixed-wing aircraft currently registered in Port Hadlock, Beezley said.

The crash is under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration, he said.

East Jefferson Fire-Rescue responded with two ambulances, a fire engine and a rescue boat. The Coast Guard also responded by boat, and Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies were on the scene with one vehicle.

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