Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Cessna 172N, registered to Eagle Flight Services LLC and operated by the pilot, N5660J: Accident occurred August 13, 2018 in Auburn, Lincoln County, Wyoming

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: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


Location: Auburn, WY
Accident Number: WPR18LA241
Date & Time: 08/13/2018, 0908 MDT
Registration: N5660J
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Injuries: 3 Serious
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Aerial Observation 

On August 13, 2018, about 0908 mountain daylight time, a Cessna 172N airplane, N5660J, sustained substantial damage after impacting terrain about 13 miles west of Auburn, Wyoming. The commercial pilot and the two passengers sustained serious injuries. The airplane was registered to Eagle Flight Services LLC., and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as an aerial observation flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a company flight plan was filed for the local flight. The flight departed Auburn Municipal Airport (AFO) Afton, Wyoming, about 0850.

According to the pilot, while conducting aerial observation of markers for a local mine, downdrafts were experienced that made the terrain clearance in front of the airplane questionable. The pilot made a 180° left turn in an attempt to exit from the high terrain. However, after completion of the turn, the airplane was unable to climb over terrain and struck several trees.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N5660J
Model/Series: 172 N
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: AFO, 6220 ft msl
Observation Time: 0915 MDT
Distance from Accident Site: 16 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 16°C / 7°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 235°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.21 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Company VFR
Departure Point: Afton, WY (AFO)
Destination:  Afton, WY (AFO)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 Serious
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 Serious
Latitude, Longitude:  42.770000, -111.310000 (est)

Three men were seriously injured in a plane crash on Monday morning in eastern Caribou County near the Idaho-Wyoming border.

The crash was first reported around 9 a.m. via a 911 call to the Lincoln County, Wyoming, Sheriff's Office, authorities said. The single-engine prop plane was based out of Afton, Wyoming, which is located in Lincoln County. 

After receiving the 911 call, Lincoln County authorities contacted the Caribou County Sheriff's Office and provided the crash's location -- a heavily wooded area near Simplot's Smoky Canyon Mine about 30 miles northeast of Soda Springs. 

Numerous emergency units from both Lincoln and Caribou counties converged on the crash scene, along with multiple emergency helicopters. 

The three men who were aboard the plane were all airlifted via the helicopters to local hospitals.

Authorities have not provided the names of the men but said all three are from the Afton area. Condition updates have also not been provided on the men, but it's believed all three suffered serious injuries.

The Caribou County Sheriff's Office is expected to provide more information on the crash and the three victims on Tuesday.  

The crash remains under investigation by the Caribou County Sheriff’s Office, Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board.


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