Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Cessna 180, N4683B: Accident occurred July 09, 2017 near Baker City Municipal Airport (KBKE), Baker County, Oregon

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Boise, Idaho

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


NTSB Identification: WPR17LA147
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, July 09, 2017 in Baker City, OR
Aircraft: CESSNA 180, registration: N4683B
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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 July 9, 2017, about 0630 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna 180, N4683B, was substantially damaged during a forced landing following a loss of engine power near the Baker City Municipal Airport (BKE), Baker, Oregon. The certificated commercial pilot and sole passenger were not injured. The personal cross-country flight was being operated in accordance with 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, and a flight plan was not filed. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The flight departed Johnson Creek Airstrip (3U2), Yellow Pine, Idaho, about 0630 mountain daylight time, with the destination being Red Bluff Municipal Airport (RBL), Red Bluff, California; BKE was a planned en route refueling stop.

In a telephone conversation with the National Transportation Safety Board investigator-in-charge, the pilot reported that while he was on the 45-degree entry for a left downwind approach to runway 17, the engine quit without warning. The pilot stated that he then made an emergency descent in an attempt to land on runway 26, however, he landed about 100 yards short in a hay field. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage, both door posts, and both wing struts. The pilot reported that prior to the engine quitting, the fuel selector was selected to the BOTH position. He added that at the time of the event the fuel totalizer indicated 14 gallons.

The airplane will be recovered to a secured location for further examination.

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