Sunday, March 4, 2018

Tornado Alley Turbo Beechcraft A36 Bonanza, N207PC: Accident occurred March 04, 2018 in Enumclaw, King County, Washington

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

Additional Participating Entity

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

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Systima Technologies Inc:

Location: Enumclaw, WA
Accident Number: WPR18LA098
Date & Time: 03/04/2018, 1558 PST
Registration: N207PC
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On March 4, 2018, about 1558 Pacific standard time, a Raytheon Aircraft Company A36 airplane, N207PC, was substantially damaged following a loss of engine power and forced landing about 3.5 nautical miles northeast of Enumclaw, Washington. The private pilot, the sole occupant of the airplane, was seriously injured. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed for the personal cross-country flight, which was being operated in accordance Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. An instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan was filed and active at the time of the accident. The flight had departed Yuma International Airport, Yuma, Arizona, about 1100 mountain standard time, with the reported destination being Snohomish County Airport, Everett, Washington.

The pilot reported that as he was descending through 10,000 ft mean sea level while in IFR conditions, he noticed that the manifold pressure (MP) had dropped to 10 inches Hg; his attempts to restore power to a normal MP level were unsuccessful. The pilot stated that about 10 to 15 seconds later he heard what he thought was a cylinder blow. He then heard the same type of noise several more times, followed by oil covering the windscreen and smoke entering the cockpit/cabin area. He then closed off the air coming in from the engine and opened the left cockpit side window, which cleared the smoke. The pilot opined that he was then vectored by air traffic control toward a grass airstrip, however, being unable to make it to the airstrip, he elected to land in a field. Unable to make the selected field, the pilot subsequently landed in a grove of trees before coming to rest on the ground. There was no postcrash fire. The pilot mentioned that the propeller continued to windmill throughout the entire event.

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

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Registration: N207PC
Model/Series: A36 A36
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: SEA, 433 ft msl
Observation Time: 1553 PST
Distance from Accident Site: 24 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 6°C / 3°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Thin Overcast / 800 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots, 160°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 800 ft agl
Visibility: 5 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.21 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Yuma, AZ (NYL)
Destination: Everett, WA (PAE) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude:

ENUMCLAW, Wash. -- A pilot survived Sunday night after he crashed a small plane in the woods near Enumclaw, according to the King County Sheriff's Office.

The Sheriff's Office says the 50-year-old pilot lost control before he crashed. He then called dispatch saying he was trapped inside the plane. The first reports came in at 4 p.m, according to Puget Sound Fire.

A homeowner notified 911 after the plane crashed near his home in the woods. Firefighters went to an area approximately two miles off Veazie-Cumberland Road, east of Enumclaw. They found the plane in a wooded gully in several pieces.

The passenger compartment was intact, and firefighters freed the pilot, who was the only one in the plane. He was conscious and talking to rescuers.

He was taken to a hospital by ground after bad weather kept a helicopter from transporting him.

Several departments responded to this incident, including Enumclaw Fire, Buckley Fire, Maple Valley Fire, Black Diamond Fire, Puget Sound Fire, Medic One, and the King County Sheriff’s office.

Enumclaw, Wash – March 4, 2018 – An adult male survived after his single engine plane crashed near the 39200 block of Veazie-Cumberland Road.

The first reports of a possible plane in trouble or crash came in at 4:00 pm, but there was no exact location for emergency responders to go to. Watching for a sign of the plane or of a crash, firefighters and sheriff’s deputies staged apparatus appropriately and sent several units to scout for signs of the incident.

A home owner was the one to notify 911 after the plane crashed near his home in a wooded area. Firefighters quickly responded to the area, approximately two miles off Veazie-Cumberland Road, east of Enumclaw. There they found the plan in a wooded gully in several pieces. Fortunately, the passenger compartment was largely intact and firefighters were able to extricate the pilot, who was the only one in the plane.

The patient was assessed and then brought up the embankment to a waiting King County Medic One unit. Emergency responders were planning on using Airlift Northwest to fly the patient to the hospital due to the relatively remote location, but bad weather prevented that. The patient was ground transported by medics instead.

The pilot was fully conscious and talking to rescuers as he was removed from the plane.

The scene has been turned over to the King County Sheriff’s office until the FAA and NTSB arrive to begin their investigation.

Several departments responded to this incident, including Enumclaw Fire, Buckley Fire, Maple Valley Fire, Black Diamond Fire, Puget Sound Fire, Medic One, and the King County Sheriff’s office.

Original article can be found here ➤

A plane crashed in unincorporated Enumclaw around 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon. 

The 50-year-old pilot - the only person on board - survived.

Photos from first responders show the plane barely recognizable after it crashed into a forested area.

“That where all the noise came from. It’s wrapped up like a pretzel,” said John Konop, who heard the plane crash on his neighbor’s property. 

“I was out working on my truck and I heard a loud explosion,” Konop said. “It sounded almost like scaffolding falling off a building.” 

Konop said the crash was near a clearing and it’s likely the pilot aimed for that area. 

“That’s probably how he was able to survive, because if he landed in the trees he probably wouldn't have made it,” Konop said. “Thankfully he’s OK.” 

The Federal Aviation Administration said the pilot started in The Dalles, Oregon and was flying to Paine Field in Everett.

Federal Aviation Administration records show the Beech A36 Bonanza belongs to Systima Technologies, a manufacturing company in Kirkland. Its website says it does work for defense, space, and commercial markets. 

The Federal Aviation Administration said the pilot reported engine trouble. 

The King County Sheriff’s Office said the pilot called 911 and reported he was trapped and smelled fuel. 

The plane crashed near the end of 392nd Road in unincorporated Enumclaw on private property. 

First responders traced the pilot's phone signal.

The fire department said the plane crashed in a ravine and crews had to set up ropes to get the victim out. 

“It was probably about 30 feet from the lowest point to the highest point and it was a fairly steep incline up. 

There were a lot of downed trees and mulch,” said Kyle Ohashi, a spokesperson for the Puget Sound Fire Authority. 

The pilot had a few broken bones and head injuries but was alert and could talk with first responders.

Crews wanted to transfer the pilot to an area to be airlifted, but due to weather conditions the pilot was transported to a trauma center in a medic unit. 

The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration are scheduled to come to the scene as part of their investigation.

Original article can be found here ➤

The pilot of a small plane survived a crash near Enumclaw Sunday afternoon, but suffered two broken legs.

There are no reports of injuries on the ground.

The male pilot was alert and talking to first responders, according to the Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority. 

Photos show the mangled plane in a wooded area.

The call first came in as engine trouble on-board and then the aircraft disappeared from radar. 

The wreckage was recovered in the 31000 block of SE 392nd St.

Original article can be found here ➤


Anonymous said...

The pilots' name is Tom, he is a very good friend. he is doing fine in the hospital right now playing with an RC Drone

Anonymous said...

Tom (pilot) is one very lucky guy to have survived this. No fire in a Bonanza crash with that much damage? In almost every Bonanza crash I have seen they catch fire rather quickly. Article said the engine quit. Wondering if this was fuel exhaustion? Hope Tom makes a quick recovery.

Anonymous said...

I've never seen an accident on this site that the plane was so shredded and the pilot survived! He must have someone upstairs that likes him. Wishing him a complete recovery.

Anonymous said...

Can we please have an update on Tom's condition? Thank you!