Monday, April 17, 2017

Cessna 182E Skylane, N9362X: Accident occurred April 15, 2017 in Willow, Alaska

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Anchorage, Alaska

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report -  National Transportation Safety Board: 

NTSB Identification: ANC17LA020
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, April 15, 2017 in Willow, AK
Aircraft: CESSNA 182, registration: N9362X
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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 April 15, 2017, about 1615 Alaska daylight time, a Cessna 182E airplane, N9362X, sustained substantial damage following impact with power lines during a precautionary landing on the George Parks Highway about 20 miles north of Willow, Alaska. The private pilot, who was the sole occupant received minor injuries. The airplane was registered to a private individual and operated by the pilot as a visual flight rules (VFR) cross-country personal flight under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and no flight plan was filed. The flight departed Big Lake Airport, Big Lake, Alaska, at about 1600 and was destined for Talkeetna Airport, Talkeetna, Alaska.

During an interview with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator-in-charge (IIC) on April 17, 2017, the pilot stated that while flying north at 600 feet about four miles from the highway, he observed unusual engine performance. He turned on the carburetor heat and climbed to 1,200 feet. He said that the engine started running "very rough" and he turned toward the highway to find a safe landing area. He turned to the south, reduced the throttle and lowered the flaps to full down to affect a rapid descent to land on a highway section that had no traffic. During the approach to landing at about 60 feet, the airplane struck power lines that were strung across the highway. The pilot stated that he observed the power lines just prior to impact, and he attempted to add power and climb, but was too late. The airplane pitched down and impacted the asphalt ground with the nose, then slid into trees on the side of the highway. The airplane came to rest in a vertical nose-down attitude. The pilot egressed and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. 

According to a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) aviation safety inspector (ASI) who responded to the accident site, the airplane sustained substantial damage to the lower fuselage. An onsite examination by the FAA ASI revealed that the nose gear was sheared off and both main landing gear legs had power lines wrapped around them. The wreckage was recovered and transported to a secure facility for future examination. 

The closest weather reporting facility is Talkeetna Airport (PATK), about 21 miles north of the accident site. At 1553, an aviation routine weather report (METAR) from PATK was reporting in part: wind calm; sky condition, scattered 20,000 feet; visibility, 10 statute miles; temperature 52 degrees F; dewpoint 18 degrees F; altimeter, 30.00 inHg.

Saturday afternoon, a Cessna 182 crashed near Mile 90 of the Parks Highway.

Emergency crews responded around 4:00 p.m. to a crashed aircraft, including Alaska State Troopers and personnel from multiple EMS divisions in the Upper Valley.

The crashed aircraft is registered to Robert Hill of Naknek, Alaska, according to the Federal Aviation Administration, but there is no confirmation at this time of who was piloting the aircraft.

The pilot was transported from the scene of the crash to Mat-Su Regional Medical Center by ambulance, and was reportedly conscious at the time he was taken from the scene. The Alaska State Troopers have identified the pilot as 51-year-old Ronald Scott Hernandez of King Salmon. Troopers say Hernandez suffered minor injuries.

Matanuska Electric Association confirmed that the crash caused a power loss to about 2,600 customers. Matanuska Electric Association was able to re-route electricity for about 1,500 of its members within two hours. Final repairs were completed early on Sunday morning.

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According to Chief Mahlon Greene with the Caswell fire department the pilot tried to land on the highway and hit some power lines before landing in a ditch propped up on the trees.

The pilot of the private plane has minor injuries and was the only person on board, according to Chief Greene.

Firefighters say the highway was never completely shut down, but Alaska State Troopers are still on the scene.

Chief Greene says the NTSB will investigate the crash.


Willow Firefighters say they have been put on standby as the Caswell fire department responds to a plane crash near milepost 89 of the Parks Highway.

One person is being transported to the hospital, but the extent of their injuries is unknown at this time, according to first responders.

Around 4:30 p.m., Matanuska Electric Association posted on its Facebook page a power outage at the Stevens Substation affecting more than 2,000 members. It's unclear if the outage is related to the plane crash at this time. 

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