Friday, June 29, 2018

Cessna 320D Executive Skyknight, N320MF, registered and operated by GV Air Inc: Fatal accident occurred June 28, 2018 in Fairfield, Utah County, Utah

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled 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:

Location: Fairfield, UT
Accident Number: WPR18FA186
Date & Time: 06/28/2018, 1054 MDT
Registration: N320MF
Aircraft: Cessna 320
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Aerial Observation 

On June 28, 2018, about 1054 mountain daylight time, a Cessna 320D, airplane, N320MF, collided with mountainous terrain about 9 miles southeast of Fairfield, Utah. The air transport pilot was the sole person on board and was fatally injured. The airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered and operated by GV Air, Inc., under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, as a cross-country aerial photography flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed along the route of flight and no flight plan had been filed. The flight originated from Caldwell Industrial Airport (EUL), Caldwell, Idaho at 0905 and had a destination of PVU.

According to the operator, the airplane was scheduled to perform aerial photography in an area west of Lake Mountain at a planned altitude of 7,255 feet (GPS altitude).

Preliminary radar data revealed a primary target, consistent with the accident airplane, at an altitude of 7,325 ft mean sea level (msl) traveling east then south, along the west side of Lake Mountain. The target then made a wide right 270-degree oval shaped turn to the east at an airspeed between 169 to 194 knots and an altitude of 7,325 ft. As it reached the foothills of Lake Mountain, the target turned southeast, and the airspeed decreased to 152 knots. The last radar return was about a 1/4 mile from the accident site at an altitude of 7,375 ft msl.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued an Alert Notification (ALNOT) for the airplane. Search and rescue efforts followed, and on June 29, 2018, wreckage was located on the east face of Lake Mountain.

Examination of the accident site revealed that the airplane impacted terrain at an elevation of 6,560ft. The wreckage debris field was contained to within 500 ft of the main wreckage. The wreckage was recovered to a secure facility for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N320MF
Model/Series: 320 D
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Gv Air Inc
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KPVU
Observation Time: 1656 UTC
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: 31°C / 2°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 10 knots / , 150°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.89 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point:

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude:  40.218333, -111.931389 (est)

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UTAH COUNTY -- A plane that was scheduled to arrive in Provo Thursday crashed and the lone person on board was killed.

The Utah Department of Public Safety and the Civil Air Patrol began aerial searches of the area.

It took search teams nearly 24 hours, but just after 2 p.m. Friday, the plane's wreckage was located on Lake Mountain west of Utah Lake.

“Some of the areas are easy to access, this particular area where the crash site is is not,” said Sergeant Spencer Cannon with Utah County Sheriff’s Department.

Search officials hadn’t confirmed the name of the pilot as of Friday night, but the family of Tracy Roesler confirmed he was the pilot.  According to the family, he worked for a company that did aerial mapping.

“Small twin engine aircraft,” confirms Sgt. Cannon. “It was doing some commercial work. The plane was supposed to be going to Provo to refuel.”

Only it never made it back. The cause of the crash is still under investigation though fast wind speeds did whip through Utah county Thursday and Friday.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration will be on scene to investigate the crash.

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SPANISH FORK — A man is dead after an aircraft that departed from Idaho on Thursday crashed in Utah County, officials confirmed Friday.

The wreckage of the plane was found west of Utah Lake on Friday afternoon, according to Federal Aviation Administration communications manager Ian Gregor. The plane burned after it crashed, he said.

The wreckage was located on the south end of Lake Mountain, which is the peak directly west of Utah Lake, Utah County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Spencer Cannon said. Officials did not know exactly when the crash took place.

There was only one person on the plane when it crashed, Cannon said. He did not know the cause of the crash.

The Cessna 320 took off from Caldwell, Idaho, on Thursday and was scheduled to return there, but did not return on time, according to Gregor. The plane also was scheduled to make a refueling stop at the Provo Airport, Cannon said.

The pilot was working a commercial operation and was taking photos for a company, Cannon said. Some of his co-workers became concerned about the man about 4:30 p.m., he said. The pilot was not expected to stop in Provo until 5 or 6 p.m., but was not consistently checking in, Cannon added.

Cannon said the pilot was an adult man, whose identity was not released. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating the crash, but neither agency identifies people involved with aircraft accidents, Gregor said.

Civil Air Patrol and Utah Department of Public Safety also assisted with the search for the plane, Cannon said.

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SARATOGA SPRINGS — A pilot has been found dead in Utah County a day after his small plane went missing.

The Cessna 320 Skyknight departed from Caldwell, Idaho, on Thursday, according to Ian Gregor, communications manager for Federal Aviation Administration Pacific Division.

The pilot was expected to stop at the Provo Airport for fuel, Gregor said.

When the pilot's co-workers hadn't heard from him by about 4:30 p.m., they became concerned and contacted authorities, Provo Sheriff Sgt. Spencer Cannon said.

The pilot was the only person on board the plane, which was part of a commercial photography operation, according to Cannon.

Searchers found the plane's wreckage Friday afternoon on the south end of Lake Mountain, Cannon said.

Crews are working now to recover the victim and wreckage, which are in an area that is difficult to reach, the sergeant said. Heavy-duty vehicles and possibly a helicopter will be brought in for the recovery.

Details about the victim, including his name and age, were not immediately released.

Cannon said a possible cause for the crash was unknown Friday.

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  1. Sad. That area is like the Bermuda triangle for ga.


  2. Was this a Keystone airplane?

  3. Was this a Keystone airplane?

    Thats my first thought too. But where was the camera operator? RIP

  4. Heard it was a Geomni plane, not Keystone.