Friday, May 31, 2019

Akrotech G-202, registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a visual flight rules personal flight, N202AK: Fatal accident occurred May 30, 2019 near Wasilla Airport (IYS), Wasilla, Alaska

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Anchorage, Alaska
Lycoming; Williamsport, Pennsylvania

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

https://registry.faa.gov/N202AK

Location: Wasilla, AK
Accident Number: ANC19FA021
Date & Time: 05/30/2019, 1516 AKD
Registration: N202AK
Aircraft: Bradshaw / McCauley Giles G-202
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On May 30, 2019, about 1516 Alaska daylight time, an experimental amateur-built Bradshaw/McCauley, Giles G-202 airplane, N202AK, was destroyed following a loss of control and subsequent impact with terrain shortly after takeoff from the Wasilla Airport (IYS) Wasilla, Alaska. The airline transport pilot sustained fatal injuries. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a visual flight rules personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and no flight plan was filed. The flight originated from IYS, about 1516.

Witnesses reported that, as the tailwheel-equipped airplane taxied to the approach end of Runway 04, it appeared that the pilot completed an initial engine run-up before takeoff. Several pilot-rated witnesses consistently reported that during the engine run-up, the engine sounded strong with no unusual sounds.

During the takeoff roll, some witnesses reported hearing the engine "pop." The witnesses added that, during the takeoff, the airplane appeared to become airborne about midway along the 3,700 ft long paved runway but it remained within ground effect as the speed increased. As the airplane passed over the departure end of the runway, the nose pitched up abruptly, and a few seconds later the engine sputtered. At about 500 ft above ground level (AGL), the airplane pitched down, made a hard-left turn, and the left wing dropped. As the airplane descended nose down, it disappeared behind a stand of trees off the departure end of the runway. During the descent the engine sound increased significantly, which was consistent with a high-power setting.

The airplane subsequently impacted a paved roadway near the departure end of Runway 04 at IYS. Ground scars indicated that the airplane impacted on about a 210° heading, at an elevation of about 332 ft mean sea level (MSL). The composite structure of the airplane was heavily fragmented as a result of the impact.

The airplane was equipped with a Lycoming AEIO-360-A1E engine. The wreckage was recovered, and a detailed wreckage examination is pending.

The closest weather reporting facility was IYS. At 1456, IYS was reporting, in part: wind calm; visibility 10 statute miles, light rain, few clouds 4,300 ft, overcast clouds 6,000 ft; temperature 55°F; dew point 45°F. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Bradshaw / McCauley
Registration: N202AK
Model/Series: Giles G-202
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: PAWS, 354 ft msl
Observation Time: 2256 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 13°C / 7°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 4300 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 6000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting:
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Wasilla, AK (IYS)
Destination: Wasilla, AK (IYS)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude:  61.576111, -149.531111 (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.

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - The pilot in last week's deadly plane crash in Wasilla has been identified.

According to a press release from the Wasilla Police Department, 61-year-old John Hutchison of Big Lake was flying an experimental aircraft when people saw the plane having mechanical issues. Police found the aircraft had crashed near the Wasilla Airport.

Hutchison was the only person on board the plane.

The NTSB has taken over the investigation.



Wasilla Police Department is on scene of a downed aircraft at Wasilla Airport. The incident is being investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board, there is one confirmed casualty we are not releasing the identity pending next of kin notification. Any updates will be released by the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board as we cooperate in assisting however they need us during their investigation. The National Transportation Safety Board is responding and the road to the airport will be closed for an extended period of time. Please obey the officers on scene directing traffic. All further updates to the media will come from the National Transportation Safety Board.

Wasilla Police Department



At least one person is dead after a plane crash at the Wasilla Airport, according to Ken Barkley, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough’s deputy chief of emergency services.

According to a Facebook post from the Wasilla Police Department, officers are on the scene at the airport. The department stated there is one person confirmed dead, but are not releasing that person's identity at this time.

The crash happened on takeoff at about 3:30 p.m. Thursday, said Clint Johnson with the National Transportation Safety Board.

The Federal Aviation Administration had classified the aircraft as experimental. Johnson said it's an uncommon one. "This aircraft is a home-built, amateur-built, aerobatic-type airplane."

Johnson said indications are that the plane "maybe stayed in ground effect for just a short amount of time which was followed by a very, very steep climb, then the left wing dropped and unfortunately descended into the accident site nose first." The crash site includes the roadway, where the aircraft split into pieces on impact.

Some of the people who witnessed the crash were pilots, which Johnson said is particularly valuable to investigators.

Johnson says the NTSB has brought in help from Outside to assist with recent investigations. "Obviously the last couple weeks have been exceptionally busy, but we're handling it. We did have to bring someone up from the Lower 48 to give us a hand, but it's historically and unfortunately a busy time for us."

The incident is being investigated by the FAA and the NTSB, Wasilla police wrote. 

The road to the airport will be closed for an extended period of time. Police are on scene directing traffic. 

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




ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - One person has died in a plane crash near the Wasilla airport, according to Wasilla Police.

A spokesperson for the Wasilla Police Department said a WPD officer was doing a security check at the airport at about 3:30 p.m. Thursday and saw the crash.

The pilot was the only person aboard the aircraft, a home-built, experimental-type plane, according to Clint Johnson of the National Transportation Safety Board.

"An amateur-built, acrobatic-type airplane," he said. "We're still trying to get to the bottom of that, as far as the specifications of the airplane. It's not a common airplane."

The plane falls under the Federal Aviation Administration classification of "experimental," he said.

Johnson, the NTSB chief for Alaska, said there were several witnesses to the crash. "My understanding is, again very preliminary information, the airplane took off on runway 4 to the northeast" Johnson said, who added that witnesses indicated that it maybe stayed in ground effect for just a short amount of time, which was followed by a very, very steep climb, and then the left wing dropped and unfortunately descended into the accident site nose-first"

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

WASILLA, Alaska — An occupant of an experimental aircraft is dead following a crash near Aviation Avenue on Thursday afternoon around 3:30 p.m. 

Wasilla Police said that Aviation Avenue would remain closed for hours until National Transportation Safety Board personnel accident response team could respond. 

Wasilla Police officers on scene confirmed that fire and medic personnel had been on scene as of 4 p.m., as well as initial National Transportation Safety Board personnel. 

The experimental aircraft had only one occupant, and a Wasilla Police Officer observed the aircraft takeoff and attempt to return to the airport after losing power.

The plane crash landed on the side of Aviation Avenue.

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

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