Saturday, April 21, 2018

Cessna 150L, N19298: Incident occurred April 21, 2018 near Pearson Field Airport (KVUO), Vancouver, Clark County, Washington

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland

Aircraft landed on a highway.

Aero Maintenance Inc: 

Date: 22-APR-18
Time: 00:00:00Z
Regis#: N19298
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 150L
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91

The Washington State Patrol released the names of the people involved in landing a small propeller airplane on state Highway 14 on Saturday during a training flight out of Pearson Field Airport.

Instructor David M. Alexander, 35, of Portland made an emergency landing with trainee Trenton M. Morneault, 30, of Vancouver at 4:50 p.m. Saturday on the westbound highway at Milepost 3 just east of downtown Vancouver.

“They were coming in for a landing at Pearson when there was a mechanical or power failure,” said Washington State Patrol Trooper Will Finn. “They were already at a low altitude. That forced the instructor to take over the plane and perform an emergency maneuver. One of the wings clipped a highway sign and there was minor damage to the plane and the sign. Nobody was hurt and no other vehicles were involved.”

Nobody was injured, and the airplane was moved onto the right shoulder of the road almost immediately. State police and Clark Country Sheriff’s deputies were on hand within minutes. The right lane of the highway was partially blocked. William Gough, owner of Aero Maintenance Flight Center, which has offered flying lessons out of Pearson Field since 1980, was also on scene, Finn said.

Finn was unsure what the next steps are in investigating the emergency landing.

The airplane was a fixed-wing, single-engine Cessna 150L, manufactured in 1973, according to a Federal Aviation Administration aircraft registry.

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- A small airplane made an emergency landing on SR-14 Saturday evening.

An unknown power failure forced the pilot to land on the highway around 4:50 p.m. near the Columbia Way onramp.

Washington State Patrol spokesman Trooper Will Finn tweeted that there are no injuries and no vehicles were involved.

The plane was towed away just before 6 p.m. and the lane reopened. 

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Anonymous said...

The company that owns this aircraft has a history of crashes, and failures. This very aircraft was wrecked in the early 90's
They have had a number of fatalaties as well from their flight school, that operates this ill maintained tired old bird

Anonymous said...

As I recall, there have been a half dozen incidents and no fatalities since 1996. When this company began offering lessons. Not bad when you consider the probably thousands of hours of training done in them and the size of the fleet.