Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Mooney M20J 201, N56039: Fatal accident occurred August 02, 2018 near Lopez Island Airport (S31), Lopez, San Juan County, Washington

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

Additional Participating Entities: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office;Federal Aviation Administration; Des Moines, Washington
Mooney International Corp; Kerrville, Texas
Lycoming Engines; Williamsport, Pennsylvania 

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:  https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

http://registry.faa.gov/N56039


Location: Lopez Island, WA
Accident Number: WPR18FA210
Date & Time: 08/02/2018, 1705 PDT
Registration: N56039
Aircraft: Mooney M20J
Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On August 2, 2018, about 1705 Pacific daylight time, a Mooney M20J, N56039, impacted terrain during an approach to land at Lopez Island Airport (S31), Lopez Island, Washington. The pilot and flight instructor were fatally injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a flight plan was not filed for the local flight that departed Friday Harbor Airport (FHR), Friday Harbor, Washington about 1500.

According to the flight instructor's wife, the instructor was scheduled to perform a flight review of the accident pilot at 1400, but the flight was delayed until 1500.

According to an eyewitness, after his departure from runway 16 at FHR he began a climb. Approximately 1.2 nm south of the airport he heard another pilot announce over the radio that he was on an extended left base for runway 14 at S31, but sounded unsure or distracted. The eyewitness made a left turn to an eastern course and then observed an airplane about 300 ft and about 0.5 nm north of S31 that appeared to be initiating a base turn to the final approach leg of runway 16 at S31. The airplane's left turn progressed into a 45° bank that continued to increase until the airplane entered a nose down dive and about one complete revolution on its roll axis before the airplane disappeared from the eyewitness' line of sight.

Please refer to the wreckage diagram below for an illustration of the debris path. The airplane came to rest in wooded area about 400 ft from the western shore of Lopez Island. An initial impact point (IIP) was identified by an airframe fragment in the canopy of a tall tree. A tree scar that measured about 5 ft in diameter was observed about midspan (vertically) up a 100 foot tall brown tree with yellow moss. The main wreckage, which was comprised of the empennage, left wing, right wing root, fuselage and engine, was located a few feet forward of the scarred tree and oriented on a magnetic heading of 180°, but marked the end of the debris path. The orientation between the IIP and main wreckage was 126° magnetic and the distance between the two points was about 60 ft. The right wing had separated at the wing root and was found in the debris path a few feet to the right of the main wreckage, also near the scarred tree. The inboard top skin of the right wing displayed brown and yellow transfer signatures. Both propeller blades remained attached to the engine, which remained attached to the airplane.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Mooney
Registration: N56039
Model/Series: M20J No Series
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:
Observation Facility, Elevation: S19, 121 ft msl
Observation Time: 0153 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 2 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C / 11°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 220°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 4300 ft agl
Visibility:  7 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.05 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Friday Harbor, WA (FHR)
Destination: Friday Harbor, WA (FHR)

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:  48.491389, -122.942222 (est)

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

Louis Allan Coleman
June 15, 1950 - August 02, 2018

Lou, 68, of San Juan Island-Washington and formerly of Portland-Oregon, was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on June 15, 1950, the son of Elizabeth and Louis Coleman, Sr., and brother to Elizabeth who was named after their mom. As a military family, they were on the move and eventually settled in Portland, Oregon. Lou’s father was stationed with the Air Force in Osan, South Korea after the war but later died due to illness in 1957. At the age of seven, Lou became the sole-surviving son of a serviceman and was held back from the draft in Vietnam. He played trumpet in a drum and bugle corps, often traveling around the Pacific Northwest to play with his school. He married Julia in 1981. The couple has four children: Matthew (40), Mark (37), Kjirsten (33), and Mitchell (22).

Lou always had a passion for aviation but was deterred from following his dreams because of the fate of his father, an Air Force Captain. In 2003, shortly following the passing of his mother, Lou began training to become a private pilot in Hillsboro, Oregon. After purchasing the Piper Pacer in 2006 and receiving his certification as a flight instructor in 2012, he began to set into motion a long-standing dream to open a flight school in Friday Harbor.

In 2013, Lou and Julia purchased a home on San Juan Island, sold their Portland home of 27 years and moved to the islands. Lou purchased the 1929 Waco bi-plane, and together with the 1951 Piper Pacer, Aero-classic Aviation was open for business in 2015, a testament to his mantra, “Always go for it”. Lou was a humble man, most knew him both as a patient and inspiring flight instructor and as vice president of the Pilot’s Association. He touched many lives as a teacher and through his bi-plane rides of the islands.

It was always Lou’s dream to have his family here in the islands together. He is survived by his wife, four children and two granddaughters. Sadly, his sister Elizabeth passed just three months prior to his tragic accident.


Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel of Anacortes, WA. To share a memory of Lou, please sign the online guestbook at www.evanschapel.com


David Valentine King 
May 21, 1942 – August 03, 2018

August 3, 2018, Roche Harbor, Washington. David King, a long-time resident of San Juan Island, died yesterday in a plane crash near the Lopez Island Airport. There were two highly-experienced pilots on board the single-engine plane, but no survivors. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash, but San Juan County Prosecutor Randy Gaylord, who also acts as the County Coroner, told the family this morning that the crash appeared to be accidental.

David King was born May 2, 1942, in Los Angeles, and was raised in Laguna Beach, California. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn New York, in 1964. He worked as an engineer for a variety of companies, including TRW, Applied Technologies, and Northrup Grumman, where he retired in 2007. His specialty was electronic warfare and electromagnetic spectrum technologies.

On a driving trip across Canada in 1964, he heard about the San Juan Islands, and took a ferry to visit. He visited almost every year until 2007, when he retired to live full-time on San Juan Island, first in Friday Harbor, then on Davison Head, north of Roche Harbor.

From 2007 until 2010, he worked on the Orca Hydrophone Project, which allows visitors to Lime Kiln State Park to hear sea life while still on-shore. David designed the software for the project, but also helped pour concrete and set up the equipment to hear the whales.

David was almost painfully shy and quiet, but once he was comfortable, he displayed a warm humor, quick wit, and an easy laugh. He was very active in leading local organizations, including being the President of Bay Area Chapter of the “Old Crows,” an organization of electronic warfare veterans, the Treasurer of the San Juan Pilots Association, the San Juan Yacht Club, and the Roche Harbor Neighborhood Association, a civic charity on the northern end of San Juan Island. He was an avid photographer, and an active member of the Friday Walkers hiking group on San Juan Island. He earned an “extra” amateur radio (ham radio) certificate and was active in the local ham radio organization. He was recently learning to make his own gourmet pizzas.

He learned to fly in 1964 and became instrument rated in 1970. His plane, which crashed on Lopez Island, was a Mooney M20J. He and his cousin Martha Ford once flew from Los Angeles to Goose Bay, Labrador, and he and his wife Helen often flew around the United States.

He is survived by his wife Helen King, his cousin Martha Ford of Carlsbad, California, and her sons David, Tim, and Keith Ford, and several other family members.

A Celebration of Life is being scheduled for September in Friday Harbor. The King family wishes to thank the emergency responders and volunteers from Lopez Island and the San Juan Sheriff’s Office for their help.

Arrangements are in the care of Evans Funeral Chapel of Anacortes & the San Juan.  To share a memory of David, please sign the online guestbook.  


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Lou Coleman

At approximately 5 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 2, a pilot reported seeing an aircraft go down somewhere on the south end of Lopez Island near the airport. San Juan County Sheriff’s deputies, along with Lopez Island Fire and Rescue, mobilized to search for the plane and incorporated the help of the U.S. Navy, Coast Guard, Civil Air Patrol and Island Air. At approximately 6:40 p.m. the plane was located. The two pilots on board died in the crash. They were both San Juan Island residents.

One of the deceased has been identified as David King, a long-time resident of San Juan Island. San Juan County Prosecutor Randy Gaylord, who also acts as the county coroner, told the family the crash appeared to be accidental.

At this time the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating into the cause of the crash.

Cessna 185D Skywagon, N62882: Accident occurred August 12, 2018 in Bettles, Alaska

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Fairbanks, Alaska

http://registry.faa.gov/N62882

NTSB Identification: GAA18CA488
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, August 12, 2018 in Bettles, AK
Aircraft: Cessna 185, registration: N62882

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Crash landed on a river bed.

Date: 12-AUG-18
Time: 15:00:00Z
Regis#: N62882
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 185D
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: NIGU RIVER
State: ALASKA

Piper PA-32R-300 Cherokee Lance, N316AP: Incident occurred August 14, 2018 at North Perry Airport (KHWO), Hollywood, Broward County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Florida

Could not acquire lift, went through overtun area and struck lights.

Aztec Air Travel Inc

http://registry.faa.gov/N316AP

Date: 14-AUG-18
Time: 11:54:00Z
Regis#: N316AP
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 32R 300
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: HOLLYWOOD
State: FLORIDA

Cessna 140, N89093: Accident occurred August 14, 2018 near Sunrise Skypark Airport (ID40), Marsing, Owyhee 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: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

http://registry.faa.gov/N89093

Location: Marsing, ID
Accident Number: WPR18LA224
Date & Time: 08/14/2018, 1030 MDT
Registration: N89093
Aircraft: Cessna 140
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On August 14, 2018, about 1030 mountain daylight time, a Cessna 140 airplane, N89093, was substantially damaged when it impacted the waters of the Snake River during a forced landing following a loss of engine power near the Sunrise Skypark Airport (ID40), Marsing, Idaho. The private pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane was registered and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and a flight plan was not filed for the local flight which originated from Nampa, Idaho, about 0930.

The pilot reported that after entering the airport traffic pattern, he reduced engine power and conducted a low pass over runway 12. As the airplane approached mid-field, he advanced the throttle while in a level attitude, but the engine did not respond. The pilot stated that he then switched fuel tanks and initiated a forced landing to the shallow side of the Snake River, which paralleled the runway. During the landing, the airplane impacted water and came to rest upright partially submerged in the river.

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

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N89093
Model/Series: 140 Undesignated
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: KMAN, 2537 ft msl
Observation Time: 1735 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 13 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 25°C / 6°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 300°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 7 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.99 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Nampa, ID
Destination:  Nampa, ID

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude:  43.414722, -116.698333

Great Lakes 2T-1A-2 Sport Trainer, N3806F: Incident occurred August 14, 2018 at Ann Arbor Municipal Airport (KARB), Washtenaw County, Michigan

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; East Michigan

Aircraft exited the taxiway and struck a taxiway light.

SkyTours Aerial LLC

http://registry.faa.gov/N3806F

Date: 14-AUG-18
Time: 17:06:00Z
Regis#: N3806F
Aircraft Make: GREAT LAKES
Aircraft Model: 2T 1A 2
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: NONE
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91
City: ANN ARBOR
State: MICHIGAN

Piper PA-28-236, N2213F: Incident occurred August 14, 2018 at Oakland/Troy Airport (KVLL), Michigan

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; North Michigan

Nose wheel collapsed.

J & M Airways LLC

http://registry.faa.gov/N2213F

Date: 15-AUG-18
Time: 00:00:00Z
Regis#: N2213F
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA 28 236
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: TROY
State: MICHIGAN

Cessna 150M, N6341K: Accident occurred August 14, 2018 near Madison Municipal Airport (KMDS), Lake County, South Dakota

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Rapid City, South Dakota

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

http://registry.faa.gov/N6341K

Location: Madison, SD
Accident Number: CEN18LA329
Date & Time: 08/14/2018, 0800 CDT
Registration: N6341K
Aircraft: Cessna 150
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

On August 14, 2018, about 0800 central daylight time, a Cessna 150M, N6341K, sustained substantial damage during a landing to a corn field near Madison, South Dakota, following a loss of engine power during cruise flight. The student pilot was not injured. The airplane nosed over during the forced landing and sustained substantial damage to both wings. The aircraft was registered to an individual and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a solo instructional flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which was not operated on a flight plan. The local flight originated from the Madison Municipal Airport (MDS), Madison, South Dakota, about 0710. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N6341K
Model/Series: 150 M
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Riggin Brenda L
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: MDS, 1718 ft msl
Observation Time: 1255 UTC
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C / 21°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 8000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots / , 150°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.95 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point:  Madison, SD (MDS)
Destination: Madison, SD (MDS)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude:  44.016389, -97.085556

Piper J3C-65, N42218: Accident occurred August 13, 2018 at Polly Ranch Airport (7XS0), Friendswood, Texas

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Houston, Texas

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

http://registry.faa.gov/N42218

Location: Friendswood, TX
Accident Number: CEN18LA330
Date & Time: 08/13/2018, 1100 CDT
Registration: N42218
Aircraft: Piper J3C
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On August 13, 2018, about 1100 central daylight time, a Piper J3C-65 airplane, N42218, experienced a runway excursion during landing at Polly Ranch Airport (7XS0), Friendswood, Texas. The commercial rated pilot was not injured and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and no flight plan had been filed. The local flight departed at an unknown time.

The responding Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector spoke to the pilot who described the runway excursion. The pilot stated that the airplane touched down about 35 to 40 mph and as soon as the tail touched the runway the airplane veered to the right. The airplane continued off the runway into a tree and sustained substantial damage to the fuselage.

The airplane has been retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N42218
Model/Series: J3C 65
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation:
Observation Time:
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point:
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:
Altimeter Setting:
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Friendswood, TX (7XS0)
Destination: Friendswood, TX (7XS0)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude:  29.504722, -95.175278 (est)

Air Tractor AT-802F Fire Boss, N397AS: Accident occurred August 14, 2018 in Laurier, Washington

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

Crash landed on a road.

http://registry.faa.gov/N397AS

Date: 14-AUG-18
Time: 21:15:00Z
Regis#: N397AS
Aircraft Make: AIR TRACTOR
Aircraft Model: AT 802A
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 137
City: LAURIER
State: WASHINGTON

A pilot flying a small firefighting plane over the Horns Mountain fire in Stevens County survived a crash Tuesday afternoon.

Washington Department of Natural Resources officials said the crash happened at about 2 p.m. Tuesday just north of Kettle Falls.

Officials from Air Spray USA, Inc, the company the aircraft, said the plane experienced engine failure during a water-drop mission.

The pilot was in route with two other Fire Boss planes to drop water on teh Horns Mountain fire when the pilot reportedly started experiencing issues with the plane. The pilot was forced to pull out formation and officials said he issued a "MayDay" call asking for immediate help.

The pilot had to make a forced landing among timber on a logging road. The plane did not catch fire and the pilot was able to exit the plane on his own and did not need to be hospitalized.

One of the pilots flying in the water-drop mission said the pilot who crash did not appear to do anything that would have caused engine failure.

Officials are still investigating the crash.

The pilot is one of five Fire Boss pilots dropping water on the Horns Mountain fire. The fire is burning more than 350 acres 12 miles north of Northport as of Tuesday morning. FireBoss tankers are dropping fire retardant and water on the flames from nearby lakes and rivers. Currently, 229 firefighters and support personnel are assigned to these fires.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.krem.com

STEVENS COUNTY, Wash. -  The Department of Natural Resources reports that a FireBoss airplane has crashed in northeast Washington. There aren't a lot of details released right now, but we do know that the pilot did survive the crash.

The pilot was working on the Horns Mountain fire, burning about 838 acres near Northport, close to the US/Canada border.

According to the DNR, the pilot was able to get out of the crashed plane and to a nearby road where he flagged down a passing crew, who got help.

The firefighting plane was one of five assigned to fight the blaze.

The Washington Department of Natural Resources released the following statement regarding today’s aircraft incident:

“We are aware of an incident involving a fixed-wing aircraft at the Horns Mountain Fire near Northport, WA. We are working with our partners to gather more information at this time but want the public to know that the pilot of the aircraft is ok and receiving medical attention for any possible injuries.”

Air Spray USA, Inc, the company that owns the aircraft, stated:
“The aircraft experienced an unknown problem on the fire it was working near the US/Canadian border. The pilot executed a forced landing on a logging road and was able to exit the aircraft. He was transported to the hospital. No other information is available at this time. An investigation is in process.”

Incident Commander Brian Goff, NWIIMT9, the team managing the fire, said, “We are very relieved to learn that the pilot was able to walk away from this incident. Firefighting aircraft work closely with ground firefighters to contain the fire. They are all part of the team. I admire the skill and bravery they exhibit on every fire.”

Story and video ➤ http://www.khq.com

Cessna 172M, N1085U: Accident occurred August 14, 2018 at Birch Creek Airport (WS43), De Pere, Brown County, Wisconsin

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Milwaukee, Wisconsin

http://registry.faa.gov/N1085U

NTSB Identification: GAA18CA490
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, August 14, 2018 in De Pere, WI
Aircraft: Cessna 172, registration: N1085U

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Landed into tree line.

Date: 14-AUG-18
Time: 23:30:00Z
Regis#: N1085U
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172M
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: DE PERE
State: WISCONSIN

ROCKLAND (WLUK) -- A man was injured in small plane crash, Brown County deputies report.

It happened around 6:00 p.m. near the Birch Creek Airport on Birch Creek Drive in Rockland Tuesday.

Officials say the 69-year-old pilot and sole occupant of the plane was taken to the hospital by a family member with minor injuries.

The plane was a Cessna 172 Skyhawk.

The plane is believed to be a total loss.

Officials say foul play is not suspected and the investigation is being turned over to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://fox11online.com