Sunday, November 5, 2017

Beechcraft Bonanza V35B, N777PH, Dan Howard Aircraft Sales LLC: Fatal accident occurred November 04, 2017 near Alva Regional Airport (KAVK), Woods County, Oklahoma

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

Additional Participating Entities: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas
Continental Motors; Mobile, Alabama
American Bonanza Society; Wichita, Kansas

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

Dan Howard Aircraft Sales LLC: http://registry.faa.gov/N777PH

NTSB Identification: CEN18FA023
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, November 04, 2017 in Alva, OK
Aircraft: BEECH V35B, registration: N777PH
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 November 4, 2017, at 1728 central daylight time, a Beech V35B airplane, N777PH, impacted terrain during approach to the Alva Regional Airport (AVK), Alva, Oklahoma. The airplane was destroyed and the flight instructor and pilot were fatally injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as an instructional flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local flight, which departed without a flight plan about 1710. 

According to a state trooper who spoke with the pilot in the emergency room at Alva, the pilot and flight instructor flew to Cherokee Municipal Airport (4O5), Cherokee, Oklahoma for a practice approach and were returning to AVK. While on a visual approach to Runway 18, the pilot and flight instructor noticed the left engine cowling pop up. According to the pilot, the flight instructor assumed control of the airplane. The airplane continued its descent until striking trees and a power line, which were about 40 ft higher than the airport's elevation and 3,000 ft prior to the Runway 18 threshold. The airplane came to rest on its left side and a post-crash fire ensued.

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


David Thomas Chael, left, Cory Washburn, right.


ALVA, Okla. — The second pilot critically injured in a Saturday plane crash has died, an Integris Health spokesperson confirmed today.

Cortney "Cory" Washburn, 39, of Alva, died at 6:43 a.m. today, said Integris spokeswoman Brooke Cayot.

According to an Oklahoma Highway Patrol collision report, Washburn was at the controls of a single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza airplane flying southbound and approaching the north side of the Alva airport at about 5:30 p.m. Saturday when a cowl hatch opened on the airplane.

The report stated David Thomas Chael, 61, of Enid took the controls when the cowl hatch opened, the landing gear deployed and the front landing gear struck a power line.

The aircraft crashed at 5:31 p.m. Saturday, coming to rest on its top, according to the report. Both occupants were exiting the plane when it exploded, according to the report.

Chael was pronounced dead at the scene from massive injuries, the OHP report stated.

Washburn was flown by AirEvac to Integris Baptist Burn Center in Oklahoma City, where he was admitted in critical condition, according to the OHP report.

The OHP report states seat belts were equipped and in use at the time of the collision. The condition of the pilot and cause of the collision remain under investigation, according to the report.

Washburn was vice president of Washburn Ford Lincoln in Alva and had a private pilot certificate issued in 2011.

Original article can be found here ➤  http://www.enidnews.com

Dave Chael 
Phillips University Legacy Foundation


ALVA — Cortney Washburn, 39, of Alva, Oklahoma died Tuesday morning at Baptist Burn Center in Oklahoma City.

He was a passenger in a Beechcraft Bonanza aircraft that crashed Saturday in Alva. He was flown by AirEvac to the Oklahoma City hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The pilot of  the plane, David Thomas Chael, 61, of Enid, was pronounced dead at the scene from massive injuries.

The aircraft was southbound, approaching the north side of the airport when a cowl hatch opened.  Washburn was piloting at that time and Chael took over when the opened.

The landing gear deployed and the front wheel struck a power line.  The aircraft came to rest on its top and both occupants were exiting the plane when it exploded.

https://www.poncacitynow.com



ALVA, Okla. (KOKH) — Oklahoma Highway Patrol is responded to a fixed wing aircraft crash in Alva Saturday afternoon.

OHP reports the flight was a teaching flight and the instructor, David Chael, 61 of Enid, died. The student, Cortney Washburn, 39, of Alva, was airlifted to an Oklahoma City hospital and at last report was in critical condition.

OHP says that the aircraft was piloted by Washburn and was coming in to land at the airport when a cowl hatch on the plane opened. Chael took over the controls and attempted to land. The landing gear had deployed and the front wheel struck a power line.

The plane came to a stop on its top. Chael and Washburn were getting out of the plane when it exploded.

No other injuries were reported.

OHP says the FAA has been notified and will investigate the crash.

Story and video ➤  http://okcfox.com

A fatal aircraft crash occurred at 5:31 p.m. Saturday on the 800 block fo Share Drive in Alva, OK in Woods County.

A Beechcraft Bonanza aircraft was flown by David Thoms Chael (SIC), 61, of Enid, OK. He was pronounced dead at the scene, from massive injuries, by Medical Examiner Rory Garien.

A passenger, Courtney Washburn, 39, of Alva, OK was flown by AirEvac to Baptist Burn Center in Oklahoma City, OK. Washburn is listed in critical condition.

Investigators said the aircraft was flying southbound approaching the north side of the airport when a cowl hatch opened. Washburn was piloting at that time and David Chael took over when the cowl hatch opened. The landing gear deployed and a front wheel struck a power line. The aircraft came to rest on its top. Both occupants were exiting the plane when it exploded.

The investigation into the crash continues.

Investigated by Trooper Justin Barney J332 of the Alfalfa County Detachment of Troop J.

Assisted by Trooper Brock Morgan J459 of the Woods County Detachment, Woods County Sheriff’s Office, Alva Police Department, Alva Fire Department, NTSB, FAA, M.E. Rory Garren, and Air Evac.

This report is based upon the troopers investigation of this accident. It may contain the opinion of the trooper.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.poncacitynow.com



Cory Washburn, 49, of Alva was badly burned in a plane crash Saturday afternoon. The pilot, David Thomas Chael, 61, of Enid, died at the scene from massive injuries, according to the Highway Patrol.

The crash occurred at 5:31 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, near Share Medical Center at the south edge of Alva. According to Share CEO Kandice Allen the plane crashed in the canyon just beyond the road that runs behind the hospital. Although the medical center lost electrical power, the emergency generator came online until power could be restored.

Kirk Washburn said his son Cory was flown by AirEvac to the Integris Burn Center in Oklahoma City with burns over 85 percent of his body. He was admitted in critical condition. Cory’s parents, Kirk and Drue, and his wife Sarah traveled to Oklahoma City to be near him.

About a week ago Cory purchased the Beechcraft Bonanza, an American-made single engine plane. He needed 15 hours of dual instruction (flying with a certified instructor) before he could fly alone. The plane has a retractable gear (the wheels retract in flight) and requires instruction “in type.”

Saturday Washburn and Chael, the instructor, were coming in for a landing at the Alva Regional Airport. They were near Share Medical Center when the engine cowling (cover) popped up in front of the windshield and blinded them. According to Kirk, Cory was handling the controls at the time, but Chael took over just before they crashed.

A report from the Highway Patrol says the landing gear deployed and the front wheel struck a power line. The aircraft came to rest on its top. Both occupants were exiting the plane when it exploded.

Drue Washburn put out a plea for prayers on Facebook saying, “He’s being mediflighted to Integris Burn Center after a plane wreck. That’s all I know. He crawled out and was talking.” She asked that people not try to call Cory’s wife as she was on her way to Oklahoma City. “Just pray.”

The plane crash also took out electrical power to a large part of Alva including the downtown area. Although power was restored to much of the city about two hours later, OG&E was reporting 326 customers still had no power as of 7:20 p.m. The outage website gave an estimate of 11:48 p.m. for power to be fully restored.

Original article ➤ http://www.alvareviewcourier.com

ALVA, Okla. - Pilot David Thomas Chael of Enid, Oklahoma is dead and another is in critical condition after a private plane crashed in Alva on Saturday just north of a local hospital. 

The Beechcraft Bonanza aircraft was southbound approaching the north side of the airport when the cowl hatch opened.  The passenger was piloting at the time, but Chael took over when the cowl hatch opened.  The landing gear deployed and the front wheel struck power lines leaving many parts of Alva, including part of the Northwestern Oklahoma State University's campus, without power.

After the crash, the small plane came to rest on its top.  While both the occupants were exiting the plane, it exploded.

Story and video ➤ http://kfor.com

ALVA — One person died and another was critically injured Saturday afternoon after a plane crashed during its final approach to the Alva airport. 

The plane — which was carrying a student pilot and an instructor — experienced a mechanical failure about 5:30 p.m. Saturday as it approached the Alva Regional Airport, Oklahoma Highway Patrol Capt. Paul Timmons said.

The plane, a small, fixed-wing aircraft, struck power lines and trees during the crash. One of the two on board was killed and the other was critically injured, Timmons said.

It was not immediately clear Saturday evening which person onboard the aircraft was killed. A state trooper dispatcher at about 9 p.m. Saturday said that investigators were still on scene of the crash.

Timmons said the plane flew from Alva to Cherokee and back, about a 40-mile trip.

The crash initially knocked out power to about 1,300 Oklahoma Gas and Energy Co. customers. At 9 p.m. Saturday, about 325 customers did not have power.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.tulsaworld.com

ALVA, Okla. — Authorities confirmed that one person was killed and another one injured in a plane crash Saturday evening in the northwestern Oklahoma town of Alva. 

According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the crash was reported near the Share Medical Center, near College Boulevard and E0160 Road, less than a mile away from Northwestern Oklahoma State University.

On its official Facebook page, Northwestern Oklahoma State University said many parts of Alva are without electricity due to a "significant event" in the southern part of the city.

Authorities originally reported that it was a helicopter crash. Officials with the Federal Aviation Administration confirmed with KOCO 5 that it was a single-engine Bonanza aircraft that crashed and burned while attempting to land.

Officials said the FAA will investigate and the NTSB will lead the investigation.

OG&E reports power was knocked out for 1,335 customers around 5:27 p.m. 

Officials said they expect power to be restored by 9 p.m.

Original article can be found here ➤ http://www.koco.com

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