Thursday, March 1, 2018

Piper PA-28R-200 Arrow II, N323MQ: Accident occurred February 28, 2018 in Milton-Freewater, Umatilla County, Oregon

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland

Walla Walla University:

NTSB Identification: GAA18CA145
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, February 28, 2018 in Milton-Freewater, OR
Aircraft: PIPER PA28R, registration: N323MQ

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 crashed under unknown circumstances.

Date: 28-FEB-18
Time: 16:50:00Z
Regis#: N323MQ
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 28R 200
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91

UMATILLA COUNTY, Oregon — A new All-Terrain Vehicle equipped with snow tracks, had a big first day with the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office, responding to two calls for service on February 28.

Because it can travel through deep snow and has a large payload, it can also be used to assist in search and rescue missions or to carry injured or lost persons to safety. It was for that very reason that it was deployed on Wednesday, after a 911 call was received that indicated that there was an aircraft that crashed in the Blue Mountains east of Milton-Freewater. Emergency Manager Tom Roberts picked up the ATV and drove to the scene, and members of Search and Rescue found the Walla Walla University aviation student and his instructor, who had been piloting the small plane, in the Government Camp area. They were cold and wet, and fortunately, uninjured.

Before crews were able to return from the plane crash incident, they were called to assist the Umatilla Tribal Police Department to search for possibly suicidal man who was on foot in the snow in Poverty Flats area outside Pendleton. Searchers found the man and drove him to safety in the ATV.

“Within the first few hours of having this type of vehicle, we’ve already demonstrated its value to the Sheriff’s Office”, said Jim Littlefield, Umatilla County Undersheriff. “While the vehicle’s primary mission will be for snow patrol use, it also has the capacity to be used in many other situations and can help us save lives.”

“The potential for the use of this type of equipment in emergency response is huge, and Umatilla County has had a need for units like this before”, said Tom Roberts, Umatilla County Emergency Manager. “In 2012, a tracked ATV was deployed from Walla Walla County, to I‐84 near Deadman Pass for a tour bus that crashed and rolled down a ravine with 44 individuals onboard. For incidents like that and others, it will be nice to have this capability at UCSO.”

The ATV was purchased with grant funds provided to the Sheriff’s Office from their partnership with the Oregon State Snowmobile Association.

Original article can be found here ➤

A plane flown by a student pilot and instructor crashed in the Blue Mountains just outside the Umatilla National Forest on Wednesday.

Both walked away uninjured. Their Piper PA-28R-200 Arrow II had substantial damage, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The plane flew into a canyon and then was unable to climb out, according to the FAA.

It crashed near Government Mountain Road about 13 miles east of Milton-Freewater, according to the Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office.

Original article can be found here ➤

A Walla Walla University aviation student and instructor were in an airplane that went down in the Oregon Blue Mountains Wednesday shortly after 9 a.m., according to University and Umatilla County Sheriff’s Office officials

The Sheriff’s Office learned that a Piper PA-28R-200 Arrow II had gone down in the area of Government Mountain Road about 13 miles east of Milton-Freewater.

Umatilla County deputies and members of the Search and Rescue Team responded to the area in an attempt to locate the plane’s occupants. They found instructor Jordan Collins and student Josh Spengler uninjured and walking away from the crash site.

It is unknown what caused the plane to go down. The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

Walla Walla University officials have not released further details.

Original article can be found here ➤

WALLA WALLA, Wash.-- A single-engine plane owned by Walla Walla University crashed this morning in the Blue Mountains near Tollgate, Oregon.

The university said an aviation student and a flight instructor were flying a Piper Arrow plane when it went down.

They both walked away unharmed.

University officials said they are now working with the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration to investigate the incident.

The names of the student and instructor have not yet been released.

Original article can be found here ➤

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