Sunday, July 2, 2017

North Wing Sport, N492XB: Fatal accident occurred July 01, 2017 in Chelan, Washington

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident.

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Seattle, Washington

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: WPR17FA139
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, July 01, 2017 in Chelan, WA
Aircraft: NORTH WING UUM INC SPORT X2 912, registration: N492XB
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

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 either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On July 1, 2017 about 0715 Pacific daylight time, a North Wing Sport, N492XB, was destroyed when it impacted mountainous terrain near Chelan, Washington. The pilot who was the registered owner of the airplane, and a pilot-rated passenger sustained fatal injuries. The flight was operated under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and no flight plan had been filed. The local flight originated from Lake Chelan Airport, Chelan, Washington, about 0630.

Later that day, an Alert Notice (ALNOT) was issued for the airplane after family members of the pilot became concerned when he did not arrive at his intended destination. On July 2, 2017, the airplane wreckage found by the sheriff's department on a hillside about 5 miles from departure airport.

The airplane was recovered to a secure location for further examination.

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UPDATE 10:30am  

Douglas County Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal has released the names of the two people killed in the crash of an ultralight Saturday.    They were identified as 48 year old Eric Sarchet of Everett, WA and 70 year old Bonnie Wallace of Central Point, OR.    Gjesdal says it is his understanding that one of the victims was a flight instructor and the other was a student but Gjesdal was not clear on which victim was the student.  The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the crash.

Original post

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office reports 2 men died Saturday in the crash of a North Wing Sport crash on Windsor Hill near Wells Dam.  Deputies reached the crash site by Sunday evening to recover the bodies of the two unidentified victims.  The pilot and a passenger left Chelan airport around 6:30 Saturday morning and were reported overdue at 7:30 p.m.  The wreckage was discovered Sunday around 10:30 a.m.  but rugged terrain made it extremely treacherous reaching the crash site,  according to Douglas County Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal.

EAST WENATCHEE, Wash. -- Two people were killed when their small plane crashed in rugged terrain in Eastern Washington Saturday.

The Chelan County Sheriff's Office received a report of an overdue plane around 7:30 p.m.. Deputies were told the plane had taken off from the Chelan airport around 6:30 a.m. with two people on board and were heading toward Douglas or Okanogan County, according to Douglas County Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal.

Search helicopters were deployed but couldn't find the plane. An aerial search was renewed on Sunday and they found the plane's wreckage that morning on Windsor Hill about a mile downstream from Wells Dam in Douglas County. The plane was described as a North Wing Sport.

Once deputies were able to reach the wreckage on the ground Sunday afternoon, they were able to confirm that both people on board had died. They were identified as 48-year-old Eric Sarchet of Everett and 70-year-old Bonnie Wallace of Central Point, Oregon.

There is no word yet what caused the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.

On Saturday, July 1, 2017 at 7:30 p.m., the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an overdue aircraft which had left the Chelan Airport earlier that morning at 6:30 a.m. It was thought that the aircraft, with two occupants on board, was heading north toward Douglas County or Okanogan County. The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) deployed its helicopter to search for the aircraft with no success.

CCSO renewed their search on Sunday, July 2 using coordinates from one of the occupants last cell phone signals. At approximately 10:30 a.m., CCSO located the wreckage on Windsor Hill about one mile downstream from Wells Dam in Douglas County.

Douglas County Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal reported that deputies are attempting to reach the wreckage, but the terrain is extremely treacherous. The aircraft is a North Wing Sport.

The Douglas and Chelan County Sheriff’s Offices are working closely together to get to the scene and determine the fate of the occupants. The names of the occupants are not being disclosed at this time.

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