Friday, May 17, 2019

Aviat A-1B Husky, N236AM: Fatal accident occurred May 15, 2019 in Santa Ynez, Santa Barbara County, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Van Nuys, California

Crashed into terrain under unknown circumstances. 

https://registry.faa.gov/N236AM

Date: 16-MAY-19
Time: 19:20:00Z
Regis#: N236AM
Aircraft Make: AVIAT
Aircraft Model: A-1B
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: DESTROYED
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91
City: SANTA YNEZ
State: CALIFORNIA

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. 

Pierre Josefsohn

At approximately 8:00 p.m. last night, May 15, 2019, the Sheriff’s Office was notified of an overdue aircraft out of the Santa Ynez Airport. The pilot had left earlier in the afternoon in his 2006 Aviat fixed-wing, single-engine aircraft for a solo, short flight around the area. His family became concerned when he did not return and was not in contact with them. A tracking system indicated that his plane was in the Figueroa Mountain Road area approximately two miles south of Ranger Peak. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff/Fire Air Support Unit was contacted and begin flying the area but due to the dark and foggy conditions, search efforts were suspended. A plan was formulated to resume search efforts at daybreak.

At approximately 3:00 a.m. this morning, May 16, 2019, the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team was deployed. The team assembled and formulated a plan to reach the remote area where the plane’s final radar track was detected by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center. At daybreak, the team drove into the area in 4X4 vehicles and a UTV (Utility Vehicle) and begin searching by foot. Using binoculars, at approximately 7:30 a.m. they were able to spot what appeared to be aircraft wreckage on the side of a steep hillside known as Goat Rock. An Air Support team flew over the location and confirmed there was a wrecked plane as well as a decedent about 100 feet on the ridge below.

It took Sheriff’s Search and Rescue about an hour and a half to climb up a steep ridgeline to a point above the wreckage where they then utilized ropes to rappel down to the decedent. Search and Rescue and Air Support teams worked together to recover the decedent. He was hoisted out of the area by Copter 3 and was turned over to the Sheriff’s Coroner’s Office at the Santa Barbara Airport.

The decedent has been identified as being 68-year-old Pierre Josefsohn of Solvang. The Sheriff’s Office is conducting a death investigation and the accident is under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board. 

Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office


Pierre Josefsohn







A 68-year-old Solvang man was killed in a plane crash near Figueroa Mountain on Wednesday night, according to a news release from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Office was told of an overdue aircraft at about 8 p.m. Wednesday, according to the release. The pilot had left from the Santa Ynez Airport earlier that afternoon “for a solo, short flight around the area,” the Sheriff’s Office said.

A tracking system showed that the plane was in the Figueroa Mountain Road area, about two miles south of Ranger Peak, the news release said. A sheriff and fire air support unit began flying in the area, searching for the plane, but had to suspend the search due to dark and foggy conditions.

The Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team resumed the search at about 3 a.m. Thursday, according to the release. At about 7:30 a.m., the team found aircraft wreckage on the side of a steep hill known as Goat Rock.

The air support unit flew over the area and confirmed that there was a wrecked plane in the area, as well as a deceased person about 100 feet below on the ridge, the Sheriff’s Office said.

The dead man has been identified as Pierre Josefsohn, 68, of Solvang, the Sheriff’s Office said.  The Sheriff’s Office is conducting a death investigation, and the National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.

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


Solvang resident Pierre Josefsohn, 68, was killed in a small aircraft crash near Figueroa Mountain, the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday.

Josefsohn left early Wednesday afternoon in his Aviat A-1B Husky for a quick flight around the area, but his family became concerned when he did not return and failed to contact them. A tracking system on his plane indicated it was located approximately two miles south of Ranger Peak. A Sheriff’s helicopter was dispatched but the search was suspended because of foggy weather.

At daybreak Thursday morning, a Search and Rescue Team began searching by foot and located Josefsohn’s plane on the side of a steep hillside known as Goat Rock. His body was inside. Officials are working to determine the cause of the crash and the incident is under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board. Josefsohn leaves behind a wife and two children.

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

5 comments:

Iron Jack said...

WOW ! ... just about every other day someone around 70 or so dumps a plane and dies........ whats going on ? My best to the family, I'm really a bit depressed to hear this 'cause I'm 70 and I kinda want to stop flying .... RIP my brother, Our Lord in Heaven be with you.

Anonymous said...

Then stop flying....

Anonymous said...

"Anonymous Anonymous said... Then stop flying...."
You'll be old, one day if you should live that long. Will you take your own advice ? Doubt it...

Anonymous said...

IFR CFIT N A VFR AC? RIP

Cloud9 said...

Where did you see IFR?