Friday, September 14, 2018

Beelzebub, N382T: Fatal accident occurred September 14, 2018 in Rochester, Thurston County, Washington

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Seattle, Washington

Crashed in a forest due to unknown circumstances. 

Date: 14-SEP-18
Time: 20:16:00Z
Regis#: N382T
Aircraft Model: BEELZABUB
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email

"Edan Lifesong passed away in a tragic aircraft accident on Friday, September 14th. With permission from his family I am starting this to raise funds for his funeral, memorial and possibly aircraft recovery expenses.  Edan was a single father and leaves behind his little 5 year old boy, Rafferty, who will also need much support."

Edan Lifesong, age 34
Olympia, Thurston County, Washington 
"Got my dream plane up! Its fast and fun!" -Edan Lifesong on August 24th, 2018 

Brett Lamphere, age 19
Centralia, Lewis County, Washington

Key Way Airport (19WA), Stevenson, Washington

The two men who died in a plane crash Friday have been identified as Edan Lifesong, 34, of Olympia and Brett Lamphere, 19, of Centralia, according to the Thurston County Coroner’s Office.

Lifesong and Lamphere were flying an experimental home-built open cockpit plane when it crashed about 3 miles off Old Highway 99.

The crash was witnessed by logging company workers in the area who called 911 at about 11:30 a.m. Both men were dead by the time emergency crews reached the scene.

The Federal Aviation Administration was notified and investigators were en route Friday to lead the investigation.

Original article can be found here ➤

Captain Dyer, EMS Officer/Public Information Officer - West Thurston Regional Fire Authority speaks  with the media regarding the aircraft crash.

A West Thurston Fire Authority command vehicle drives through the forest southwest of Tenino as it leaves the scene of a fatal experimental aircraft crash on September 14th, 2018. 

Two men died Friday in a plane crash in the hills above South Sound Speedway near Rochester.

West Thurston Regional Fire Authority Captain Lanette Dyer said the men were in their mid 20s to 30s and were flying an experimental home-built open cockpit plane.

Dyer said it is unclear where the plane took off from, but it was heading south when it crashed about 3 miles off Old Highway 99.

The crash was witnessed by logging company workers in the area who called 911 at about 11:30 a.m. Both men were dead by the time emergency crews reached the scene.

The men’s names were not released. Dyer said it is unclear if either man was a licensed pilot.

The Federal Aviation Administration was notified and investigators are en route to lead the investigation.

Story and video ➤

THURSTON COUNTY, Washington - Crews responded to the report of a downed aircraft in the hills near South Sound Speedway on Friday at about noon.

Officials initially said there were “no details other than two patients.”

At about 1 p.m., officials said two men, 20 to 30 years old, died in the crash. 

West Thurston fire officials said the plane was an "experimental, home-built open cockpit plane."

Chopper 7 flew over the crash. Wreckage could be seen in deep trees, near a logging operation southwest of Bucoda, Washington.

Story and video ➤

TENINO, Washington  — Two men were killed when a Beelzebub experimental aircraft crashed Friday in southeast Thurston County.

West Thurston Regional Fire Authority Capt. Lynette Dyer says the men were in their mid-20s to 30s.

Loggers working nearby saw the plane go down and called 911 at about 11:30 a.m. Both men were dead when emergency crews arrived.
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.

Original article can be found here ➤

ROCHESTER, Washington - A Beelzebub experimental aircraft crashed in a wooded area in Thurston County Friday morning, killing both men on board, according to fire officials.

The plane was reported to go down in the hills above the South Sound Speedway in Rochester. Firefighters later said they found the small plane in the trees.

Officials said two men in their 20s died in the crash, which involved an Beelzebub with an open cockpit.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash.

The victims' names have not been released.

Original article can be found here ➤


Anonymous said...

I knew both men and have knowledge of the accident. Both men held private pilot certificates and medical certificates. Edan had flown about 180 hours, and both men were competent pilots. Edan had a tailwheel endorsement and was the pilot on the accident flight. His airplane handling skills were good; better than average. I watched him fly the accident airplane and he handled it well.

The airplane was a modified Stolp Starduster Too fitted with a Jacobs 245 hp radial engine and a fixed pitch Curtiss-Reed propeller. The workmanship on the aircraft was excellent and it flew well, with a gentle power off stall. Witnesses said the airplane, while maneuvering in cruise flight, collided with a tall tree about 15 feet from the top. Both left wings and the left horizontal tailplane separated from the airplane in the collision.

Edan appeared to have recovered from his earlier leg injury and he walked without a limp. He was a devoted father to his son. Both men were well liked and true aviation enthusiasts. Edan was a logger, a tree faller, and Brett was a college student. Both planned to be professional pilots. Low flying appears to be the cause of the accident.

Mark Leingang said...

Thoughts and prayers for the pilots and families. I also knew them from around the airport and they were the nicest, best guys. So sad. Also sad about some of the low class, hateful trolls on the internet. They should remember that we are all equal in the eyes of the Lord and the laws of physics.

Unknown said...

It's not very difficult to do an airman inquiry....

Edan got his PP in 12/2017.
Brett got his 7/2017.

Both had first class medical.

Anonymous said...

How thoughtless of his 5 year old son, what a stupid thing to do,

Unknown said...

Both will be in my prayers, our lives are so short and to be taken so young..... Rest in peace, God Bless.

Lt. Col. Camilleri, Ret. said...

Don’t give the asinine comments any attention, it just prompts them to continue their brainless activity. More than likely the same filth you see throwing rocks for ANTIFA or disrespecting our flag and anthem.
As for this accident. Truly tragic and so easily avoided. Rule number one in aviation, “ there is nothing more worthless than the fuel you have burned and/or the airspace above you when .. you run out of fuel or need a place to land in an emergency..”. I have preached this to my students for two decades of instruction and drove home how dangerous it is to “fly the nap of the earth”. It’s amazing how fast things come at you in cruise, many times faster than human reflexes.

Dash Riprock said...

Very sad , Low level flying is fun but can be deadly . I am sorry for the friends and
family as well as the pilots doing what they loved .

Thor3 said...

The only ones to cast stones should be those who do not live in glass houses, specifically those who never in their lives took foolish risks and were lucky to survive. I think all of us look back at some of our own actions, both deliberate and accidental which make us shake our heads and wonder how we didn't kill ourselves and/or others. There is nothing to be gained by disparaging these young men for this accident which took their lives. Condolences are the only humane response.

There's far too much willingness to espouse extreme views and behavior on all sides of all issues anymore, and far too much visibility for the cretins who do so. No group can claim the high ground, and attributing this behavior to those you disagree with does nothing to diminish the activity. I think there is great value in calling out the specific vile actions to the individual involved. Attempting to generalize those specific acts to other individuals and groups only adds fuel to the fires those trolls are working so hard to keep burning.

Brick Jockey said...

You "Assnonamous" are a real 1st class TURD. Hide behind your comments because you're a pansy, too afraid to reveal who you are lest someone come and slap your teeth out. Say something else, and somebody will be paying you a visit.