Saturday, May 19, 2018

Cessna 182D Skylane, N9163X: Accident occurred May 18, 2018 in Crescent Mills, Plumas County, California

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Reno, Nevada

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Crescent Mills, CA
Accident Number: WPR18LA157
Date & Time: 05/18/2018, 0809 PDT
Registration: N9163X
Aircraft: CESSNA 182D
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On May 18, 2018, about 0809 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna 182D airplane, N9163X, experienced a total loss of engine power while maneuvering near Crescent Mills, California. The pilot subsequently executed a forced landing into a river. The private pilot and passenger were not injured; the airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing. The airplane was privately owned 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 Benton Field Airport (O85), Redding, California at 0700 and was destined for Gansner Field Airport (2O1), Quincy, California.

The pilot reported that as he approached the destination airport, he observed low fog in the valley. He executed a long counter-clockwise circle around the valley and the fog. At the tail end of the circle, and at a low power setting, the engine abruptly lost all power. The pilot established the best glide angle and proceeded towards a river. The pilot tried to re-start the engine with no success. He continued the descent and landed the airplane in the river. The airplane impacted rocks and came to rest nose down with the left wing in the water.

The airplane was recovered to a secure location for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: CESSNA
Registration: N9163X
Model/Series: 182D
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: KSVE, 4149 ft msl
Observation Time: 0815 PST
Distance from Accident Site: 22 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 16°C / 6°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.04 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Redding, CA (O85)
Destination: Quincy, CA (2O1) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude:  40.048611, -120.980833

The Plumas County Sheriff's Office reports that a plane crashed into Indian Creek 2 miles south of Indian Falls, California, on Friday morning.

They said 2 occupants walked away from the plane unharmed.

Multiple agencies responded to the crash, including Plumas County Sheriff's Office, California Highway Patrol, Indian Valley Fire and the U.S. Forest Service.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board were both notified to conduct an investigation.

The Plumas County Sheriff's Office said all inquiries should be referred to the FAA.

Original article ➤

A Cessna 210A came down and landed in the North Fork of the Feather River near Indian Falls this morning Friday, May 18.

Highway 89 near Indian Falls has controlled traffic and delays in both directions as emergency crews deal with the aircraft.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the yet unidentified pilot and passenger were able to get out of the aircraft. Their injuries are unknown at this time.

CHP public information officer Eric Logan said that a small amount of fuel is leaking into the river, requiring yet more emergency crews at the scene.

The incident is under investigation.

Original article ➤

At 0809 hours Plumas County Sheriff's Office Dispatch received a report of an aircraft accident. 

The accident occurred off of Highway 89 near Indian Falls.

Rescue crews along with local law enforcement responded.

USFS and SAR safely located the occupants of the aircraft, and aside from being very cold they are going to be alright.

- Plumas County Sheriff's Office

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