Saturday, February 09, 2019

Wittman Tailwind 8-W Modified, N12037: Accident occurred January 28, 2019 near Prospect State Airport (64S), Jackson County, Oregon

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. 

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Hillsboro, Oregon

Location: Prospect, OR
Accident Number: WPR19LA076
Date & Time: 01/28/2019, 1750 PST
Registration: N12037
Aircraft: Wittman 8-W Modified
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On January 28, 2019, about 1750 Pacific standard time, Wittman Tailwind 8-W Modified experimental amateur-built airplane, N12037, was substantially damaged after impacting terrain following a partial loss of engine power and forced landing about 2 miles south of Prospect State Airport (64S), Prospect, Oregon. The pilot was seriously injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions 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 was filed for the local flight that departed 64S about 5 minutes prior to the accident.

According to local law enforcement personnel and first responders, the pilot reported that he had purchased the airplane the previous week, had assembled it the day prior to the accident, and he had worked on the engine just prior to the flight. Shortly after taking off to the south and at an altitude of about 200 ft above ground level, the engine experienced a partial loss of power. The pilot, unable to maintain altitude, made a forced landing about 2 miles south of the departure airport. During the landing sequence the airplane was substantially damaged after colliding with a stand of trees. It subsequently came to rest in an upright position and slightly on its left side. The airplane will be recovered to a secured location for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Wittman
Registration: N12037
Model/Series: 8-W Modified
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
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: MFR, 1335 ft msl
Observation Time: 1753 PST
Distance from Accident Site: 26 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 8°C / 4°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.06 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Prospect, OR (64S)
Destination: Prospect, OR (64S)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude:  42.717222, -122.517222


  1. Owner and pilot's name don't match. ACFT registered to someone in TX and acft operator from Oregon. Has the operator's certificates been verified?

  2. Update:

  3. Update 11 Dec 2021: Unlicenced pilot Steven Paul Dawson Jr., 37.

  4. Update 11 Dec 2021: Unlicenced pilot Steven Paul Dawson Jr., 37.