Saturday, June 03, 2017

Luscombe 8A, N1627K: Accident occurred June 03, 2017 near Rexburg–Madison County Airport (KRXE), Idaho

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Salt Lake City, Utah

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: WPR17LA122 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, June 03, 2017 in Rexberg, ID
Aircraft: LUSCOMBE 8A, registration: N1627K
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 June 3, 2017, about 0945 mountain daylight time, a Luscombe 8A, N1627K, sustained substantial damage after a loss of power and subsequent forced landing near the Rexburg-Madison County Airport (RXE), Rexburg, Idaho. The commercial pilot, the sole occupant, sustained minor injuries. The airplane was registered to the pilot and operated as a personal flight under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a flight plan was not filed. The flight originated from RXE about 0845. 

The pilot reported that while on final approach to the runway the airplane lost engine power and he initiated a forced landing to a nearby marshy field. The airplane collided with a fence during the forced landing and ultimately came to rest in a river.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the wings and aft fuselage. 

The airplane was removed from the river by the landowner and recovered to a secure location for further examination.

REXBURG — A local pilot walked away from a plane crash uninjured Saturday morning.

Rexburg Police Lt. Ron Ball tells, the pilot, whose name has not been released, was coming in for a landing at the Rexburg Madison County Airport at around 10:30 a.m.

But before reaching the runway, the engine on the plane unexpectedly failed and the plane crashed into the ground in front of the Teton River and slid into the water.

“The engine quit just short of the runway and he didn’t have enough speed to make it,” Ball said. “He ended up in the river, but got caught up in some willows.”

The willows prevented the plane from drifting downstream. 

The pilot was able to get out of his aircraft, but was stranded in the river until airport workers were able to pull him to shore.

The plane was a complete loss.

The Federal Aviation Administration will arrive Monday to investigate the crash and determine why the plane’s engine failed. 

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