Friday, November 16, 2018

Cessna 182K Skylane, registered to Sacramento Aero Club and operated by the pilot, N2629R: Fatal accident occurred November 15, 2018 near Redding Municipal Airport (KRDD), Shasta County, California

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Sacramento, California

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Redding, CA
Accident Number: WPR19FA025
Date & Time: 11/15/2018, 1827 PST
Registration: N2629R
Aircraft: Cessna 182
Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On November 15, 2018 at 1827 Pacific standard time, a Cessna 182K airplane, N2629R, was destroyed when it impacted terrain near Redding Municipal Airport (RDD), Redding, California. The private pilot and passenger were fatally injured. The airplane was registered to Sacramento Aero Club and operated by the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed within the area for the cross-country flight and an instrument flight rules flight plan was filed. The flight originated from RDD at 1825 destined for Sacramento Executive Airport (SAC), Sacramento, California.

Review of preliminary information provided by the Federal Aviation Administration revealed that the air traffic controller cleared the accident pilot for takeoff on runway 34. Radar data depicted a primary target consistent with the accident airplane start a gradual left turn just beyond the departure end of runway 34. The data further showed that the airplane began a right turn and started to descend from about 500 ft above ground level, about 0.43 mile north of RDD. The last radar target was located near the accident site, at an altitude of 100 ft agl.

A video obtained from a security camera located on top of a building, located about 1 mile southwest of the accident site, captured the accident airplane in a descending right turn until the airplane was lost from view behind a tree line.

A witness located about 660 ft southeast from the accident site reported that he heard a sound consistent with the engine being advanced to full power. The witness turned around and observed the airplane's red and green wingtip lights. The witness said that the airplane appeared to be in level flight based on the lights, however, he could not see the airplane due to very low visibility and the dark environment. Shortly after, the witness observed wingtip lights "flipover as the airplane was in a roll" and the airplane started descending straight towards the ground. The witness further stated that the "sound drastically decreased as if the engine power decreased", right before the airplane impacted the ground.

The initial examination of the accident site revealed that the airplane impacted terrain 0.75 miles north-east from the departure end of runway 34 at RDD and cartwheeled before coming to rest upright. The wreckage was spread along a 275 ft-long debris path through dry, grassy terrain on an approximate heading of 115° magnetic.

The wreckage was recovered to a secure location for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N2629R
Model/Series: 182 K
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Instrument Conditions
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: KRDD, 497 ft msl
Observation Time: 0153 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 13°C / -4°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 2800 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling:
Altimeter Setting: 30.08 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point:

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude:  40.526944, -122.283611 (est)

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

 Pilot Dick Tak

Clay Abajian, Sac State professor of nursing.

Angel Flight West

"It is with saddened hearts we share that volunteer pilot Dick Tak and a mission assistant were involved in a fatal accident at approximately 6:30pm PST on Thursday, November 15, near Redding Municipal Airport (KRDD). The mission assistant, who also perished in the accident, has not yet been identified by authorities.

Before the accident, Mr. Tak and the mission assistant had landed at Redding with two passengers on board. Both passengers disembarked after their arrival and were not on board at the time of the accident. Mr. Tak and the mission assistant were departing Redding for the return flight to Sacramento (KSAC) when the accident occurred.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating. Angel Flight West will cooperate with the investigation, and we will provide any and all requested assistance.

Angel Flight West delivers health and hope to those in need of donated flights to access to health care and other compelling human needs. Its approximately 1,800 volunteer pilots throughout the 12 western states donate 100% of the costs of each flight. Founded in 1983, Angel Flight West has provided services for those in need for over 35 years, spanning over 75,000 thousand missions."

Angel Flight West

REDDING (KRON) - A pilot and a passenger volunteering for Angel Flight West have died in a plane crash in Redding on Thursday.

The fatal crash happened at around 6:30 p.m. near the Redding airport.

"It is with saddened hearts we share that volunteer pilot Dick Tak and a mission assistant were involved in a fatal accident," Angel Fight West said on Facebook.

Tak and the mission assistant had landed at the airport with two passengers onboard. After the two passengers disembarked, Tak and the assistant took off, departing from the Redding airport for a return flight to Sacramento.

That's when the accident happened, killing the two.

The mission assistant has not been identified.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.

Original article can be found here ➤

REDDING (CBS13) — Two people are dead after crashing their plane in Redding Thursday night.

Clay Abajian and Dick Tak died in the crash shortly after taking off from Redding in a Cessna 182K Skylane around  10 p.m. Thursday.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration accident report, the plane collided with terrain due to unknown circumstances.

Abajian worked at Sacramento State as nursing faculty, according to tweets from Sacramento State President Robert Nelsen.

"I’m sorry. Correction to my earlier tweet. We have just learned that Clay Abajian was volunteering and helping with an Angel Flight, care flights for patients, when his plane crashed and he passed away.  He will be deeply missed."

Nelsen said Clay Abajian was volunteering with an Angel Flight when the plane crashed.

A vigil was held for the victims at Faith Episcopal Church in Cameron Park Friday night.

Details about a funeral service are still pending, according to the church.

Original article can be found here ➤

A plane crashed and killed two people shortly after taking off from the Redding Municipal Airport on Thursday night.

The Cessna 182K Skylane “collided with terrain due to unknown circumstances,” according to a Federal Aviation Administration report.

One of the two people killed in the crash was Sacramento State nursing faculty Clay Abajian, according to social media posts from university president Robert Nelsen and the school’s nursing department.

Nelsen said in a tweet Abajian was volunteering for an Angel Flight on Thursday.

Students flooded the comment section of a Facebook post made by the school’s nursing department confirming his death.

“He was an amazing clinical instructor,” Facebook user JoviEna Vaj commented. “I still remember the anxiety and fear I had going into first semester clinicals. He was so supportive and comforting and really encouraged us. 6 years out and I am working as an ICU nurse and still remember his smile and the way he made me feel like I can trust myself in this career.”

A prayer service will be held for Abajian at 7 p.m. tonight at the Faith Episcopal Church in Cameron Park.

Original article can be found here ➤


Anonymous said...

Cirrus aircraft?

Anonymous said...

Kind of looks like "Skylane" on the tail (C182)

Anonymous said...

Looking at the bent flight controls and some other stuff I'm guessing it's a metal plane. But, what do I know.

Anonymous said...

By the tail, it sure looks like it --

Anonymous said...

Looks like it says "Skylane" on the tail - C-182?

Anonymous said...

It is a Skylane. Special METAR for the time of departure was 2.5mi visibility in smoke, and 2700 foot broken ceiling. If this was not an instrument flight, it was a bad decision to depart in those conditions at night.

Anonymous said...

There seems to be an IFR flight plan filed, for 7000 MSL, route: KENDL3 RBL V23 SAC

Anonymous said...

One of the two people killed in the crash was Sacramento State nursing faculty Clay Abajian, according to social media posts from university president Robert Nelsen and the school’s nursing department.

Anonymous said...

For those speculating I want to clarify that Mr. Dick Tag was a qualified pilot with Instrument rating, multi and commercial. He was not an amateur trying to dodge the weather. The Cessna 182 was in immaculate condition, equipped with GNS 430 and two Garming G5 couple with an Stec autopilot. I knew the pilot and the airplane and really hate to see people speculating. Sure, something went wrong but we should not go too fast saying was pilot poor decision making.

Anonymous said...

No criticism of the pilot or Angel West here but earlier this year in September, when a volunteer pilot from Placerville picked up passengers from Redding and crashed in Palo Alto, Angel Flight West said it was their first fatality ever. Now a second crash in less than three months of a flight originating from the same airport? What are the odds? I want to believe that the two passengers dropped off in this second accident were not the same people involved in the first accident. That would be an absurd coincidence to say the least. My condolences to the families who have lost loved ones.