Sunday, February 10, 2019

Taylorcraft L-2M, N46147: Accident occurred December 21, 2018 near Walla Walla Regional Airport (KALW), Washington

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

Additional Participating Entity:

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

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Walla Walla, WA
Accident Number: WPR19LA049
Date & Time: 12/21/2018, 1330 PST
Registration: N46147
Aircraft: Taylorcraft L 2M
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On December 21, 2018, about 1330 Pacific standard time, a Taylorcraft L-2M airplane, N46147, collided with terrain following a loss of engine power near Walla Walla, Washington. The airplane was substantially damaged, but the commercial pilot was not injured. 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 a visual flight rules flight plan was filed for the cross-country flight. The flight originated from Sand Point, Idaho, about 1130, and was destined for Walla Walla Regional Airport (ALW).

The pilot reported that he departed from Sandpoint, Idaho with 3 hours of fuel on board for the 2-hour flight. About 15 minutes from ALW, he contacted the airport to attain the current weather when the engine sputtered twice and then lost power. According to the pilot, he was about 1,000 ft above ground level when the loss of power occurred. He verified that the oil temperature and pressure were normal, but was unsuccessful in his attempt to restart the engine. The pilot established best glide speed and initiated an off-airport landing to an open area. During the landing roll, the airplane nosed down and contacted the ground.

Postaccident examination of the airplane by a law enforcement official revealed substantial damage to the engine mounts and firewall.

The airplane was recovered and secured for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Taylorcraft
Registration: N46147
Model/Series: L 2M 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: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: ALW
Observation Time: 1353 PST
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 6°C / -1°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 11 knots / , 220°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.13 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Departure Point: Sandpoint, ID (SZT)
Destination: Walla Walla, WA (ALW) 

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:  46.232222, -118.224167 (est)

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