Friday, June 14, 2019

Experimental Cub, N9WU: Accident occurred June 13, 2019 in Stanley, Custer County, Idaho

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Boise, Idaho

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Stanley, ID
Accident Number: WPR19LA170
Date & Time: 06/13/2019, 1320 MDT
Registration: N9WU
Aircraft: JAMES Experimental Cub
Injuries: 2 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On June 13, 2019, about 1320 mountain daylight time, a tailwheel equipped experimental cub N9WU, was substantially damaged after it impacted mountainous terrain during cruise flight near Stanley, Idaho. The pilot/owner and passenger received serious injuries. The airplane was registered to and operated by the owner under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal cross-country flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight and no flight plan had been filed. The flight departed from the Burley Municipal Airport (BYI), Burley, Idaho, at an undetermined time, and was destined for Johnson Creek Airport (3U2), Yellow Pine, Idaho.

According to the pilot, they encountered turbulence in the vicinity of the Sawtooth Mountain Range. He reported that as the flight continued they encountered severe turbulence and he heard a pop sound. A few seconds later the right wing began to shake "violently." He slowed the airplane down and began to look for a place to land. At that point the pilot stated that he still had control over the airplane. The airplane encountered another turbulence event and the pilot lost airplane control; the airplane entered a spiral and eventually impacted the ground.

The airplane was recovered for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: JAMES
Registration: N9WU
Model/Series: Experimental Cub
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

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Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Burley, ID (BYI)
Destination: Yellow Pine, ID (3U2)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 44.178333, -114.891667 (est)

STANLEY, Idaho (CBS 2) — A plane crashed in Stanley Thursday afternoon.

A CBS 2 viewer, Josh Graham, sent this photo of the plane on a hillside not far from the Stanley airstrip.

Josh tells us he also saw a medical helicopter land and take the occupants out on stretchers, but he couldn't say how many or what condition they were in. Lifeflight confirmed it was called to Stanley but could provide no additional details.

The Custer County Sheriff's dispatch will say only that they're investigating.

Original article can be found here ➤

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