Monday, April 30, 2018

Cessna 182F Skylane, N3377U: Accident occurred April 28, 2018 in Boulder, Garfield County, Utah

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Salt Lake City, Utah

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board 

Location: Boulder, UT
Accident Number: WPR18LA136
Date & Time: 04/28/2018, 1715 MDT
Registration: N3377U
Aircraft: CESSNA 182F
Injuries: 1 Minor, 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On April 28, 2018, about 1715 mountain daylight time, a Cessna 182F, N3377U, was substantially damaged following a reported engine anomaly and a precautionary landing near Boulder, Utah. The airplane was owned by a private individual and operated by the pilot, who received minor injuries; the two passengers were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the personal cross-country flight, which was being operated in accordance with Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, and a flight plan was not filed. The flight departed Salt Lake International Airport (SLC), Salt Lake City, Utah, with Boulder as its destination.

In a telephone interview with the National Transportation Safety Board investigator-in-charge, the pilot reported that as he orbited the Boulder area while his passengers took pictures, he observed that the engine's exhaust gas temperature gauge was reading high. When power adjustments were unsuccessful in obtaining an optimal operating temperature, as well as being unable to ascend normally, the pilot elected to make a precautionary landing in an alfalfa field. During the landing roll the airplane collided with a ditch line, which resulted in substantial damage to the engine mount and firewall when the nose of the airplane impacted the ground.

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

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N3377U
Model/Series: 182F 
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: BCE, 7590 ft msl
Observation Time: 1653 MDT
Distance from Accident Site: 37 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C / 13°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 25 knots/ 33 knots, 240°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.95 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Salt Lake City, UT (SLC)
Destination: Boulder, UT 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor, 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 37.904444, -111.418333 (est)

BOULDER – A late afternoon of shoeing horses became a backdrop to a crash scene when a small plane with engine troubles, carrying three aboard, made a rough landing in Haws’ field around 5:30pm on Saturday.

“We were shoeing horses and we watched them fly over us once, and then twice—at first we thought they were buzzing us. But they were looking for a place to land,” said Audrey Austin, who was at the scene and had an opportunity to talk to the pilot and passengers afterward. “They circled, came back behind us a third time, going east to west, and crashed. They bounced several times.”

Other reports were that the front wheel of the plane came off upon landing.

The plane remained in one piece, but Austin said the pilot was on the ground, and suffered a head laceration. The Garfield County Sheriff’s office confirmed the name of the pilot as Brent Ferrin.

Also aboard the plane were a photographer and the photographer’s wife. The photographer suffered minor injuries to his knee, but his wife, who is pregnant, was strained by the seat belt during the hard landing. (The names of the passengers were not available from the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office. )

“I was concerned about his wife, the seat belt got her pretty good. I was worried about the baby,” said Austin.

The group reported that they were on an assignment taking photos of the Robison Ranch for realty purposes when they experienced the engine trouble. They said they were looking for a clear place to put the plane down, away from power lines.

At the scene, there was fuel pouring out of the airplane. Austin said they moved the pilot away from the plane to get him away from the fuel soaked area, while waiting for emergency personnel to arrive. Boulder EMTs responded to the scene within a few minutes, and a backup ambulance from Escalante also arrived to assist in transporting the injured parties.

“Breck saved the day,” said Austin, referring to Breck Crystal, who was shoeing that day, and is also a wilderness first responder. “He jumped in the plane and shut off the fuel line.”

As of Monday morning the Garfield County Sheriff’s office had no further information regarding the reason for the plane crash, and they said that the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are in contact with the pilot and investigating the incident.

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