Friday, May 17, 2019

Just JA30 SuperSTOL, N825PW: Fatal accident occurred May 06, 2019 -and- Accident occurred July 22, 2018 near Lake Chelan Airport (S10), Chelan County, Washington

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

Additional Participating Entity: 

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

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Chelan, WA
Accident Number: WPR19FA133
Date & Time: 05/06/2019, 0629 PDT
Registration: N825PW
Aircraft: Just JA30 SUPERSTOL
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On May 6, 2019, at 0629 Pacific daylight time, a JA30 Superstol airplane, N825PW impacted terrain shortly after takeoff from Lake Chelan Airport (S10), Chelan, Washington. The sport pilot was fatally injured, and the airplane was destroyed in the post-crash fire. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local flight.

The accident site was located about 550 ft from the approach end of runway 20 on a heading of 157°. The examination of the site revealed that the airplane impacted terrain in a vertical attitude. Most of the airplane was consumed by the post-crash fire. The airplane was recovered to a secure location for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Just
Registration: N825PW
Model/Series: JA30 SUPERSTOL Undesignated
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation: KEAT, 1229 ft msl
Observation Time:
Distance from Accident Site: 30 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point:
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling:
Altimeter Setting:
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: On-Ground
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 47.867778, -119.937500 (est)

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

NTSB Identification: GAA18CA443
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, July 22, 2018 in Chelan Falls, WA
Aircraft: Just JA30 SUPERSTOL, registration: N825PW

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.

July 22, 2018: Crashed in a field.

Date: 22-JUL-18
Time: 15:00:00Z
Regis#: N825PW
Aircraft Model: JA30 SUPERSTOL
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

Kenneth Van Ascche

Kenneth Van Ascche

CHELAN — The pilot killed Monday in a plane crash is remembered by loved ones as full of life and a passion for understanding how things worked.

Kenneth W. Van Assche, 68, of Chelan Falls died when his plane crashed into an orchard about 6:30 a.m. on the 500 block of Howard Flats Road next to Lake Chelan Airport.

Van Assche had one daughter, his nephew David Van Assche told The Wenatchee World Wednesday.

Van Assche was “always willing to go out of his way to help people” and “excited and passionate about his work and play,” David Van Assche said.

Semi-retired after operating a tractor company for years, Van Assche pursued his dream of getting his pilot’s license last year, David Van Assche said.

Van Assche was a longtime member of the Cascade Drift Skippers snowmobile club. Club members mourned his death on the group’s Facebook page, recounting his kind ways, snowmobiling trips and the gatherings he hosted at his home on the Columbia River.

Rebecca H. wrote: Kenny had so many friends for good reason. "I remember the time Kenny was awarded the 'Sir Helpsalot' trophy designed especially and only for him. Kenny was one of a kind and will be missed by many friends.”  

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.

Original article ➤

UPDATE: The Chelan County Coroner has identified the victim of a Monday morning plane crash near the Chelan Airport as 68-year-old Kenneth William Van Assche of Chelan Falls. Positive identification was made from dental records. The Coroner listed the cause of death as asphyxia due to the inhalation of products of combustion and thermal injuries. The cause of the plane crash is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board.

The pilot of a fixed-wing aircraft was killed early this morning in a crash near the Chelan Airport.

The Chelan County Sheriff’s Office and Chelan Fire and Rescue responded to the crash scene to find the plane nose down in the orchard and completely engulfed in flames. 

As Zimmerman mentioned, the investigation into the early morning plane crash has now been turned over to the Chelan County Coroner’s office and to investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board. The NTSB is an independent U.S. government investigative agency responsible for civil transportation accident investigation.

Original article can be found here ➤

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