Monday, August 28, 2017

Aviat A-1B, N335SB, Park County Sheriff's Office: Accident occurred August 27, 2017 at Yellowstone Regional Airport (KCOD), Cody, Park County, Wyoming

Park County Sheriff's Office:

NTSB Identification: GAA17CA512
14 CFR Public Aircraft
Accident occurred Sunday, August 27, 2017 in Cody, WY
Aircraft: AVIAT AIRCRAFT INC A 1, registration: N335SB

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Date: 27-AUG-17
Time: 23:00:00Z
Regis#: N335SB
Aircraft Make: AVIAT
Aircraft Model: A1
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: CODY

On its return from a Search and Rescue mission to save a man suffering from a heart attack on the North Fork, a Park County Sheriff’s Office SAR aircraft skidded off the runway while landing Sunday afternoon. No injuries resulted from the crash.

Sheriff’s office spokesperson Lance Mathess said the pilot of the aircraft was Bill Holder. There was no one else in the aircraft, as the heart attack victim was transported to Billings by helicopter.

Yellowstone Regional Airport manager Bob Hooper said the plane suffered damage to its left wing and strut, and that an airport sign will have to be replaced.

The pilot did indicate he experienced wind shear [while landing],” Hooper said.

According to Cody Police Department call logs, the crash was called into police at 5:29 p.m. Sunday afternoon after the SAR aircraft skidded off of runway No. 4.

Hooper said that including himself, four aircraft rescue and firefighting – or ARFF – trained personnel responded to the crash. Hooper drove to the site of the wreck from his home, while the airport’s Jeff Higgs and John Cordes were on-scene at the time of the crash. The Cody Fire Department also responded to the incident, Hooper said.

Hooper said there is a joint investigation of the incident being conducted by the Cody Police Department and the Federal Aviation Administration. The Cody Police Department is investigating the incident because the crash occurred on city property.

The Cody Police Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment, and Mathess said the open nature of the investigation is probably why Cody Police have not responded to comment requests.

Preliminary results of FAA investigations are typically released within days of an incident’s occurrence, but were not available as of press time.

Hooper said an airport sign that costs $1,522 was damaged. The cost of the sign does not include installation or labor costs, Hooper said.

Mathess said damage estimates to the SAR aircraft were not yet available.

Although there was some minor fuel leaking after the aircraft crashed, Hooper said ARFF responders controlled the scene quickly and there was no fire.

CODY, Wyo. – An 83-year-old man recently avoided injury when his plane crashed at Yellowstone Regional Airport following a search and rescue mission.

Cody police officers said Thursday they responded to a call of a small plane down about 5:30 p.m. Sunday during a landing on runway 4.

The pilot, William (Bill) Holder, had been conducting a Park County Sheriff’s Office search and rescue mission up Mormon Creek, according to police. He was the only occupant. No injuries were reported on the ground.

The plane was damaged severely and sustained minor fuel leakage, police said. Cody firefighters responded as a precaution, though no blaze ignited.  

The runway at the airport reopened after the crash cleanup and preliminary investigation.

This case is still under investigation.

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