Friday, June 22, 2018

Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub, N1979P: Accident occurred June 21, 2018 near Dewey Moore Airstrip, Yellow Pine, Valley County, Idaho

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

Additional Participating Entity: 

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Boise, Idaho

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Yellow Pine, ID
Accident Number: WPR18LA176
Date & Time: 06/21/2018, 1200 MDT
Registration: N1979P
Aircraft: PIPER PA 18-150
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On June 21, 2018, about 1200 mountain daylight time, a Piper PA-18-150, N1979P, was substantially damaged following a loss of control and impact with terrain near Dewey Moore Airstrip, which is located about 21 nautical miles northeast of Yellow Pine, Idaho. The private pilot, who was the owner and also the sole occupant of the airplane, was seriously injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the local 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 Cabin Creek-US Forest Service Airport, Cascade, Idaho, about 1145, with Dewey Moore Airstrip as the planned destination.

A witness, who had just landed and had an unobstructed view of the event, stated the pilot of the accident airplane came into view on his approach. He stated the airplane was slightly high, and at the point when he was on the extended centerline of the runway he added power and pitched up steeply. The witness stated that he then observed the airplane continue upstream for about one-half mile with its nose up and not climbing well, followed by it entering a left turn. Shortly thereafter, the left wing dipped and the airplane entered a stall/spin to the left, rotated one and one-quarter turns, then descended out of view just prior to impact with the ground.

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

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: PIPER
Registration: N1979P
Model/Series: PA 18-150 150
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: MYL, 5024 ft msl
Observation Time: 1151 MDT
Distance from Accident Site: 46 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C / 11°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 5500 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 310°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.09 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Cascade, ID
Destination: Yellow Pine, ID (na)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 45.150000, -115.071389

Todd Simmons, Cirrus Aircraft’s president of customer service, is recuperating in an Idaho hospital in the wake of a June 21st plane crash, the Duluth-based company confirmed.

In a Monday afternoon statement, Ben Kowalski, Cirrus’ senior vice president for sales and marketing, said Simmons “was involved in an aircraft accident while on a personal flight in a Piper Super Cub that he owns. He was flying solo in the aircraft at the time and was the only person involved.”

“We are in close contact and supporting Todd and his family throughout this process; our thoughts and prayers are with them at this time,” Kowalski said.

An initial accident report from the Federal Aviation Administration indicated that a 1955 Super Cub registered to Simmons crashed shortly after 6 p.m. Thursday in McCall, Idaho. The status of his injury was listed as “serious” and the cause of the crash remains classified as “unknown.”

In addition to working at Cirrus, Simmons was recently elected to the board of the Recreational Aviation Foundation. An RAF profile noted that Simmons has deep roots in aviation. His father was a U.S. Army flight surgeon. One of his grandfathers flew a B-26 during World War II, and another grandfather worked as a crop duster.

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  1. Having read about this accident I don't care how skilled you think you are, it very high risk to land at this airport. It's no different than climbing without a rope. Why should society absorb the burden that individuals that take these generate. It causes higher insurance expense for aircraft and health. It is an irresponsible action.

  2. Was pleased to find this account and find out that the pilot survived. Rode by his crashed plane in Sept of 18. Very technical and dangerous strip. It's easy to say he or really most anybody shouldn't have been landing there but most any Backcountry travel has it's dangers. Rescues are required for horsemen,rafters climbers,and hikers. Not for me to be an authority on this incident.