Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Renton, Washington
Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf
NTSB Identification: WPR17LA084
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, April 02, 2017 in Brinnon, WA
Aircraft: CIRRUS DESIGN CORP SR22, registration: N167CB
Injuries: 2 Serious.
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 2, 2017, at 1529 Pacific daylight time (PDT), a Cirrus Design Corporation SR22, N167CB, impacted mountainous terrain near Mount Christie, in Jefferson County, Washington. The airplane was operated by The Flight Academy under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91. The certified flight instructor (CFI) and student pilot sustained serious injuries. The airplane sustained substantial damage during the accident sequence. The instructional flight departed Langley, Washington, about 1400. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan had been filed.
The operator reported that the instructional flight had departed with no known destination or flight plan. The United States Air Force Rescue Coordination Center (AFRCC) received a 406 mhz Emergency Locator Transmission (ELT) from an unregistered source at 1529 PDT with a location near the accident site. Washington Air Search and Rescue (WASAR) responded to the reported ELT location. Additionally, at 1548 PDT, a Delta Airline flight received a radio transmission from the accident flight stating they had crashed.
The wreckage was subsequently located and both pilots were hoisted from the accident site and transported to a local hospital.
The accident site was located .4 NM southwest of Mount Christie, at an elevation of 4,700 feet MSL. The accident site is located inside the Olympic National Forest.
The airplane wreckage will be recovered for further examination.
Dr. Michael Mequio
A Coupeville ophthalmologist is recovering at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after surviving a plane crash Sunday in Olympic National Park.
Agencies involved with the rescue and investigation of the crash are not releasing the names of the victims, but Ria Claassen, office manager for Whidbey Eye Center, confirmed Thursday that Dr. Michael Mequio had been involved in a plane crash. She declined to comment further.
A spokesperson for Harborview reported that Mequio was in satisfactory stable condition and out of the intensive care unit.
Mequio and one other unidentified person reportedly crashed a Cirrus SR22 into the side of Mount Jupiter inside the national park. The plane took off from Everett.
Just before 4 p.m. Sunday, the Department of Transportation received an emergency signal, the Peninsula Daily News reported. Around the same time, another aircraft reported to air traffic controllers in Seattle that they had heard a mayday call from a small aircraft over the radio.
A Search and Rescue crew from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island responded and located the wreckage in a snowy valley at 5,700 feet.
Crews noted the plane’s parachute hadn’t deployed and opted to approach from a further distance in case it inadvertently deployed, the Navy reported.
Medical technicians from Search and Rescue, along with the Helicopter Inland Rescue Aircrewman, rappelled down to the survivors where they were assessed, treated and prepared for transport.
Both Mequio and the other person were airlifted to Harborview.
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash, but according to Ian Gregor, a public information officer for the FAA, it might take months for an investigation to conclude the cause.
ABC News reported the National Transportation Safety Board is also investigating the crash and that the survivors were a student and instructor.
Whidbey Eye Center’s website describes Mequio as an active outdoorsman and humanitarian who has travelled oversees to provide ophthalmology services in the Philippines, Thailand and Zambia.
Original article can be found here: https://www.whidbeynewstimes.com