Sunday, September 9, 2018

Cessna U206A Super Skywagon, N8070Z: Accident occurred September 08, 2018 near Willow Airport (UUO), Alaska

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Anchorage, Alaska

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Willow, AK
Accident Number: ANC18TA070
Date & Time: 09/08/2018, 2353 AKD
Registration: N8070Z
Aircraft: Cessna U206
Injuries: 2 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

On September 8, 2018, about 2353 Alaska daylight time, a wheel-equipped Cessna U206 airplane, N8070Z, sustained substantial damage after impacting tundra and marsh-covered terrain about 1.5 miles north-northeast of the Willow Airport (UUO), Willow, Alaska. The certificated flight instructor (CFI) in the right seat, and the private pilot in the left seat, each sustained serious injuries. The airplane was registered to a private individual and operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, visual flight rules, local area instructional flight. Dark, night visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed. The flight originated at the Talkeetna Airport (TKA), Talkeetna, Alaska, about 2030.

During a telephone interview with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigator-in-charge (IIC), the private pilot reported that the accident flight was her first night training flight since receiving her private pilot certificate on August 9, 2018. The flight was planned for stop-and-go landings at multiple airports in the area. She stated that the CFI had also provided most of her initial private pilot training.

The private pilot said that after completing one full stop landing on Runway 31 at UUO, both pilots agreed to conduct another takeoff and landing. She said that after takeoff, while maintaining runway heading and climbing the airplane to 1,000 ft mean sea level (msl), she started a right, crosswind turn into a dark area with no visible horizon. The last event that she remembered, was the CFI saying, in part: "what's wrong with your attitude indicator?" The airplane subsequently descended and collided with the ground. Both pilots egressed the fragmented wreckage through a large tear in the fuselage and could not access survival gear due to their injuries and the wreckage debris. The pilot's cell phone was located outside of the airplane and she called a family member who contacted the Alaska State Troopers.

In a separate interview with the NTSB IIC, the CFI related that when the private pilot started her right turn over the dark, unlit terrain, he felt something was wrong and noted that the horizon was no longer visible, and the sound of the wind stream was unusual. He stated that he took the control of the airplane, but it impacted terrain before he could recover.

About 2358, the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center received a signal from a 406 MHz Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) that was registered to N8070Z. An Air National Guard HH-60G Pavehawk helicopter rescued both pilots about 0150 on September 9.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings, fuselage and empennage during the impact.

The U.S. Naval Observatory lists sunset at 2045 and moonset at 2056 on September 8 in Willow. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N8070Z
Model/Series: U206 A
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: Night/Dark
Observation Facility, Elevation: PAUO, 205 ft msl
Observation Time: 2156 AKD
Distance from Accident Site: 2 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 14°C / 3°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 70°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.96 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Wasilla, AK (IYS)
Destination: Talkeetna, AK (TKA)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 61.781389, -150.043333 (est)

A pilot and his trainer crashed west of the Willow Airport on Saturday and were rescued by the Rescue Coordination Center and taken to a local for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries troopers reported. 

According to the report, 20-year-old Robin C. Spaulding and 29-year-old John P. Cabaud were practicing night flight operations when their aircraft crashed. Cabaud had been teaching night flight operations to Spaulding when the aircraft went down during a training maneuver at just before midnight.

AST, after receiving a report of the crash, in turn contacted Rescue Coordination Center as the crash location was inaccessible from the ground. A Rescue Coordination Center helicopter was launched and flew to the location where they lifted to two victims to medical facilities.

The National Transportation Safety Board was notified of the incident and will conduct their investigation.

Original article can be found here ➤

A late-night small-plane crash near the Willow Airport left a pilot and an instructor to an area hospital Saturday, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Word of the crash, west of the airport, reached troopers just before midnight according to an online dispatch. The plane’s pilot, 20-year-old Robin Spaulding, and 29-year-old passenger John Cabaud are both Talkeetna residents.

The wreck occurred while Cabaud was teaching Spaulding “night flight operations,” troopers said.

“While performing a training maneuver the plane crashed,” troopers wrote. “Robin and John suffered injuries which are not considered life-threatening.”

Troopers and Willow firefighters were unable to reach the crash site, but an Alaska Air National Guard helicopter rescued Spaulding and Cabaud. They were taken to an area hospital.

Staff at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage listed Spaulding in fair condition Sunday afternoon, but didn't have a listing for Cabaud.

Clint Johnson, chief of the National Transportation Safety Board's Alaska office, said the crashed plane was a Cessna 206. Investigators haven't yet been able to speak with either of its occupants as they receive treatment.

"Both of them are classified as serious injuries for us," Johnson said.

Original article can be found here ➤

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Alaska State Troopers say two people were injured in a plane crash west of the Willow Airport Saturday night.

According to a daily dispatch, the 20-year-old pilot, identified as Robin C Spaulding, of Talkeetna, was learning night flight operations from the passenger, John P Cabaud, 29, of Talkeetna. “While performing a training maneuver the plane crashed,” troopers wrote.

Both Cabaud and Spaulding were injured and taken to a hospital with injuries troopers said are “not considered life threatening.”

Alaska State Troopers wrote the National Transport Safety Board has been notified about the crash. 

Original article can be found here ➤

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