Thursday, December 21, 2017

Jeff Bohnet: Fire chief was a ‘no-show’ to plane crash at Paine Field (KPAE), Everett, Snohomish County, Washington

Jeff Bohnet, who has since retired, said he was “traumatized,” apparently because of an investigation.
This Cessna 172N Skyhawk bounced on runway and went through a fence on December 8 at Paine Field (KPAE).

EVERETT — The former fire chief at Snohomish County’s Paine Field refused to respond to a plane crash at the airport earlier this month, according to documents obtained by The Daily Herald. He was supposed to be on duty at the time.

“The fire chief was a no-show,” Airport Director Arif Ghouse wrote in an internal email.

The chief, Jeff Bohnet, later wrote Ghouse that he had been too upset that day. Apparently, he was referring to being the subject of a police investigation that prompted newspaper coverage.

“I have truly been traumatized by the events that have taken place since last Thursday (Dec. 7),” he wrote using his county email. “I would ask that you take a moment to think about what it must be like to be in my shoes. I don’t think I was mentally prepared to respond to that accident and perform at the level you would expect me to.”

Bohnet could not be reached for comment for this story, and the county declined to provide additional contact information. Public records show he faced challenges in the weeks surrounding the plane crash.

On Dec. 1, he gave two-weeks notice that he planned to retire. He asked to use vacation for his remaining time but was told he was needed on site.

On Dec. 6, police wrapped up their case. They were looking into allegations that he bent county rules to get his hands on the frame from an old fire truck. Detectives determined he didn’t commit a crime but likely violated surplus policies. The next day, The Herald published details about the case. Then Bohnet announced he was retiring from his volunteer role with the Mukilteo Civil Service Commission.

At 1:45 p.m. Dec. 8 — less than two hours before the plane crash — Ghouse sent Bohnet an email. It said his retirement would be allowed, but it would be considered “not in good standing.”

Then, a Cessna 172 made a rough touchdown on a runway, went through a fence and onto a public road. Within the hour, a second small plane also crashed on the runway, reporting a gear problem. Everyone survived.

At first, though, the initial crash triggered an alert for crews, indicating the most serious type of incident that can happen at the airport.

The fire captain who was in charge of the scene told Ghouse that he couldn’t find Bohnet. As the emergency wound down, Ghouse directed the captain to call Bohnet on his cellphone. Bohnet said he was “south of the airport” and would not be responding, according to county records.

Bohnet lives in Mukilteo. He had his county-issued emergency rig at the time.

“He had not asked for time off and was a no-show to the incident,” Ghouse told the newspaper.

Ghouse also memorialized the events of that day in a memo just after 5 p.m. It was sent to staff in human resources and the county executive’s office.

“Don’t know why he didn’t respond,” Ghouse wrote.

More emails followed.

At 7:19 p.m., Bohnet emailed Ghouse back about the “not in good standing” comment. He said that if he knew about the police investigation, he would have postponed retirement to clear up any questions.

“ ‘Not in good standing’ is not what I deserve to have in the letter from you,” he wrote.

On Dec. 11, Ghouse emailed Bohnet again, this time about the no-show.

“The primary responsibility of the airport fire department is responding to aircraft emergencies,” he said.

Ghouse went on: “The airport/county is disappointed that you chose not to respond to an aircraft crash to provide leadership to your team and your total lack of communication with airport senior management during the emergency.”

Bohnet wrote back 25 minutes later, saying he missed the crash because he was “traumatized.”

Ghouse put Bohnet on paid leave. His retirement took effect Dec. 15.

Details of the police investigation are public record. Detectives were told that an old county fire truck chassis had appeared on land Bohnet owns near Cle Elum. The chassis was sold through an auction company in March. The buyer was Bohnet’s next-door neighbor, who apparently gave it to him.

The county code says employees cannot “directly or indirectly” come into ownership of former county property.

Bohnet and his crews had been reminded of those rules not all that long ago.

In 2015, an airport mechanic got in trouble for not following procedures when he sold an engine for scrap. That engine came from the same firetruck as the chassis.

The airport expects to advertise the fire chief position in the near future.

Original article can be found here ➤

Cessna 172N Skyhawk, N4801D, Boeing Employees Flying Association Inc: Accident occurred December 08, 2017 -and- Accident occurred August 04, 2016 at Paine Field (KPAE), Everett, Snohomish County, Washington

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

Boeing Employees Flying Association Inc

NTSB Identification: GAA18CA078
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, December 08, 2017 in Everett, WA
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration: N4801D

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.

Aircraft bounced on runway and went through a fence.

Date: 08-DEC-17
Time: 23:10:00Z
Regis#: N4801D
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172N
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)

It was a busy afternoon for the crews at Paine Field Fire. Two different incidents happened within an hour.

In the first, a Cessna 172 with two people aboard was doing touch and gos on runway 16L-34R when according to Airport Director Arif Ghouse the plane didn’t gain enough altitude and came down in the safety zone at the south end of the runway. Momentum carried the plane through the fence and it ended up partially on 112th street. No one was hurt.

About 30 minutes later a small plane had landing gear issues and came down on the main runway without nose gear. The pilot of that plane was okay and the runway was soon re-opened.

The FAA has been notified about both incidents and will look into what happened.

There have been three incidents involving small planes at Paine Field in the last 6 days. On Monday a small plane crashed after taking off on runway 16L-34R. Two people on board were able to walk away but that plane was totaled. 

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EVERETT, Wash. -- Two small planes crashed at Paine Field on Friday afternoon.

Two men were on one plane that crashed just after 3 p.m.

The Federal Aviation Administration and Paine Field officials said the Cessna 172 ran through the airport perimeter fence onto 112th Street Southwest at the south end of the airport.

There were no significant injuries. But the small runway is closed while the fence is repaired.

The second crash occurred about 4 p.m. when an experimental plane had problems with its nose landing gear.

It had to land on a main runway without the nose gear down.

There were no significant injuries to the male pilot.

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There were two plane crashes within an hour of each other Friday at Everett’s Paine Field. The incidents are unrelated, and are the second and third crashes at the airport within a week.

The first crash occurred around 3 p.m.

“On take off, this Cessna which had two males — a passenger and pilot — was unable to gain altitude, so they attempted to land in a field, which they did successfully,” KIRO 7’s Joanna Small said.

Two males who appeared in their 20s were aboard the airplane, according to the Everett Herald. Minor injuries were reported.

The fixed-wing Cessna 172 airplane didn’t gain altitude during takeoff while the men were practicing touch-and-go landings around 3 p.m. On one practice landing, the plane kept going south on the runway, eventually smashing through a fence. The plane came to rest on a road outside the airport with damaged wings and a bent propeller.

About an hour later, a second small airplane crashed on the same runway. A pilot failed to extend the plane’s landing gear, and skidded as it landed. No injuries were reported. The airplane was quickly removed from the runway.

There was another plane crash at Paine Field nearly one week ago. A man and a woman were on that airplane at the time, but were uninjured. An investigation into that crash is underway.

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EVERETT, Wash. - A small plane has crashed near Paine Field in Everett, officials said Friday.

First responders were reporting to the scene around 3 p.m. 

Officials with the Snohomish County Sheriff's Office said so far there are no reports of injuries. 

FAA officials said the small plane crashed while landing and ran through the airport perimeter fence onto a street. 

Two people were onboard. 

Earlier this week, on Dec. 3, a small plane crashed near Paine Field. In that crash, no one was injured. 

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Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Everett, WA
Accident Number: GAA16CA417
Date & Time: 08/03/2016, 2124 PDT
Registration: N4801D
Aircraft: CESSNA 172
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Airport occurrence
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal


After a local flight, the pilot reported that while taxing in the non-movement area at night he made a left turn and impacted a building door with the left wing.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing.

The pilot reported that there were no preimpact mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airframe or engine that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's failure to maintain clearance from the building door, which resulted in substantial damage to the left wing.


Personnel issues
Monitoring environment - Pilot (Cause)

Environmental issues
Airport structure - Effect on operation (Cause)

Dark - Effect on personnel

Factual Information

History of Flight


Airport occurrence (Defining event)
Collision with terr/obj (non-CFIT)
Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 57, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:  
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 04/01/2016
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 06/22/2016
Flight Time: (Estimated) 415 hours (Total, all aircraft), 350 hours (Total, this make and model), 415 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 15 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 8 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 3.8 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)
Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N4801D
Model/Series: 172 N
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal
Serial Number: 17272362
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 4
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 06/01/2016, 100 Hour
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2400 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 10645.1 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: LYCOMING
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: O-320-D2J
Rated Power: 160 lbs
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: KPAE, 606 ft msl
Observation Time: 0353 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 20°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C / 12°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm
Visibility (RVR): 
Altimeter Setting: 30.19 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV): 
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: RENTON, WA (RNT)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Everett, WA (PAE)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 2045 PDT
Type of Airspace: Class D

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: N/A
Airport Elevation: 607 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 
VFR Approach/Landing: None

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 47.902500, -122.283056 (est)

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