Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Kitfox Supersport, N925DP, registered to and operated by, the pilot: Accident occurred March 20, 2018 in Clatskanie, Columbia County, Oregon

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office;   Hillsboro, Oregon 

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


Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Location: Clatskanie, OR
Accident Number: WPR18LA111
Date & Time: 03/20/2018, 1315 PDT
Registration: N925DP
Aircraft: PFLUGRADT Kitfox
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On March 20, 2018, about 1315 Pacific daylight time, an experimental Kitfox Super Sport airplane, N925DP, experienced a partial loss of engine power while en route to Pearson Field Airport (VUO), Vancouver, Washington. The pilot (sole occupant) was not injured and the airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing. The airplane was registered to, and operated by, the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed. The flight originated from Pacific City State Airport (PFC), Pacific City, Oregon at 1200.

The pilot reported that he departed from PFC and he followed the coastline and Columbia River en route to VNO. About 800 feet above the Columbia River, the pilot advanced the throttle to climb when the engine started to lose power. The pilot elected to land on a large treeless island on the river. He landed uneventfully and during the landing roll, the main wheels sunk into the ground and the airplane flipped over onto it back.

The airplane has been recovered to a secure location for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: PFLUGRADT
Registration: N925DP
Model/Series: Kitfox Super Sport
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
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: KLS, 20 ft msl
Observation Time: 1256 PDT
Distance from Accident Site: 20 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 12°C / 3°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots, Variable
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.06 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Pacific City, OR (PFC)
Destination: Vancouver, WA (VUO)

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: 46.155000, 123.237500 (est)

On Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at approximately 1:30PM, the Oregon State Police responded to the report of a small plane that had crashed into the Columbia River near Clatskanie. Initial information indicated the plane was upside down in the water on a sandbar. 

The US Coast Guard along with an OSP boat, which was nearby responded to the scene. The USCG arrived prior to OSP’s arrival and had recovered the pilot and transported him to Pearson Airfield in Vancouver. The pilot was uninjured and identified as 67 year old Douglas Paul PFLUGRADT, from Mattawa, Washington. There were no passengers in the aircraft. The location of the crash was determined to be on Wallace Island.

PFLUGRADT indicated he was attempting to land on a sandbar of Wallace Island because he was experiencing mechanical issues. The aircraft PFLUGRADT was operating is identified as a Kit Fox Super Sport. During PFLUGRADT’s attempt to land, the aircraft flipped onto its top. Recovery efforts are underway to remove the aircraft prior to the rising tide. The investigation is continuing.

The Oregon State Police was assisted by the US Coast Guard, Washington State Patrol, Oregon Emergency Management, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office.

Original article can be found here ➤  http://www.flashalert.net

PORTLAND, Ore. —   Oregon State Police say the pilot of a small plane wasn't injured when he tried to land atop a sandbar at Wallace Island Tuesday afternoon.

The crash was reported around 1:30 p.m. and the pilot, identified as 67-year-old Douglas P. Pflugradt from Mattawa, Wash., had reported having mechanical issues.

As he was attempting to land on the sandbar, the plane flipped to its top.

Pflugradt wasn't injured, but he was taken to Pearson Air Park by the US Coast Guard. Pflugradt was operating a Kit Fox Super Sport.

Oregon State Police initially told KATU News two people were rescued from the plane, but later walked back that statement, adding someone had jumped from the Lewis and Clark Bridge around the same time.

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

Two people were sent to the hospital Tuesday afternoon after a plane crashed near Wallace Island on the Columbia River near Clatskanie.

Oregon State Police were dispatched to the scene at 1:36 p.m. March 20 after a 911 caller reported seeing a plane upside down in the river. Members of the Coast Guard were also sent to the crash.

Oregon State Police Sgt. Kaipo Raiser said two people were recovered and transported to a Vancouver hospital.

"There is no information about who they are or what their condition is at this point," Raiser said.

The plane had not been removed as of 2:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, he added.

Wallace Island is a three-mile island situated just outside of Clatskanie in the Columbia River.

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

1 comment:

Charlie said...

Why do these things happen every time I think about building a Kitfox?