Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Fatal accident occurred May 10, 2017 near Crater Lake-Klamath Regional Airport (KLMT), Klamath County, Oregon

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Spokane 

Aircraft, registration unknown, make and model unknown, crashed onto a field.  The one (1) soul on board was fatally injured.

Date: 10-MAY-17
Time: 17:43:00Z
Regis#: UNKN
Aircraft Make: EXPERIMENTAL UNKN
Aircraft Model: UNKN
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
City: KLAMATH FALLS
State: OREGON

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



Klamath Falls, Ore. – There may not be a federal investigation into Wednesday’s fatal plane crash in Klamath Falls.

The aircraft wreckage remains in a field in southern Klamath Falls today, but Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board aren’t expected to investigate.

Crater Lake / Klamath Regional Airport Business Manager Linda Tepper explains:  “Because it’s essentially an experimental aircraft, and a lightweight experimental aircraft, an ultra-light essentially, that is not an aircraft type that they investigate when it comes to accidents.”

The accident claimed the life of 79 year old Abraham ‘Dutch’ Van Rood.

“He had great jokes all the time.”  Recalls friend Mike Angeli.  “He was just a personality that was always smiling, and always there – and he was always putting other people first.”

Since Van Rood was flying an ultralight, Tepper notes he didn’t require a pilots licence or medical certification.  “They operate under a different essential group of rules, some of which don’t require pilots to have those types of certifications.”

“He had taken up flying sometime later in life.”  Adds Angeli.  “I’m not sure when – but every time I’d run into him, I’d ask if he was up and flying, or getting out there – and he always looked forward to it.”

Airport officials confirmed that Van Rood had a hard landing in his plane last fall.

Van Rood blew a tire upon landing, and the plane had to be towed from the runway.


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The Klamath County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that pilot Abraham “Dutch” Van Rood, 79, of Klamath Falls, died Wednesday, crashing in an alfalfa field north of the Southside Bypass near Homedale Road.

The aircraft, a red, white and blue single-engine, single-seater, had the words “Flying Dutchman” on the side, was cordoned off with caution tape after crashing shortly after 10:30 a.m., according to a news release. Klamath County Fire District No. 1 and Oregon State Police troopers also responded to the scene.

“It appears to be an experimental aircraft,” Klamath County Sheriff Chris Kaber said, referring to a kit-built aircraft.

Next of kin have been notified of the crash.

National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration personnel may be in Klamath Falls as early as Thursday, according to Klamath Falls airport administrative staff.

Known as ‘Dutch’


Klamath Falls business owner of The Ledge, Mike Angeli, spoke highly of Van Rood, who he said many in town knew as “Dutch.”

Van Rood took up flying in the years leading up to his retirement, according to Angeli. Van Rood also served as a medical transport driver for individuals in the area, and served with Kiwanis of Klamath Falls for some time.

Angeli said Van Rood will be remembered for his care for other people, his humor and his love for his Dutch heritage.

“He was one of those kind souls that everybody knew,” Angeli said.

Angeli recalls Van Rood’s humor and that he generally started with a joke and ended with a joke to break the ice when meeting someone new.

“He’s a community loss,” Angeli said. “I think we lost a little bit of our personality.”

If you would like to share a memory about “Dutch” for print, send to hdillemuth@heraldandnews.com.

Herald and News will update this story with more information as it becomes available.


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The Klamath County Sheriff's Office confirmed that pilot Abraham "Dutch" Van Rood, 79, of Klamath Falls, died Wednesday, crashing in an alfalfa field north of the Southside Bypass near Homedale Road.

The crash, involving a red, white, and blue single-engine, occurred shortly after 10:30 a.m., according to a news release.

“It appears to be an experimental aircraft,” Kaber said, referring to a kit-built aircraft.

Next of kin have been notified of the crash.

National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) may be in Klamath Falls as early as Thursday, according to Klamath Falls airport administrative staff.

Tad Kloepper, who owns the field where the crash occurred and parked near the field, said there had been a similar crash in a nearby field 30 years ago.

Kloepper expressed sympathy for the victim.

“I felt bad for the guy,” Kloepper said.

Klamath County Fire District 1 and Oregon State Police troopers also responded to the scene.


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




Klamath Falls, Ore. – Oregon State Police are at the scene of a fatal plane crash near Klamath Falls.

The small plane went down in a field in near the Crater Lake-Klamath Regional Airport in the area of the Southside Bypass and Homedale Road around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

OSP troopers have secured the scene until Federal Aviation Administration officials arrive.

The deceased pilot of the plane was identified by deputies as 79-year-old Klamath Falls resident Abraham “Dutch” Van Rood.

The Klamath County Sheriff’s Office said the airplane was registered as “experimental.”

Witnesses told police the plane was flying erratically moments before the crash.

Story and video:  https://kobi5.com

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