Monday, June 24, 2019

Maule M-7-235B, N118G: Fatal accident occurred June 22, 2019 near Sunriver Airport (S21), Deschutes County, Oregon

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

Additional Participating Entities:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Hillsboro, Oregon
Lycoming; Williamsport, Pennsylvania

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: 

Location: Sunriver, OR 
Accident Number: WPR19FA178
Date & Time: 06/22/2019, 1040 PDT
Registration: N118G
Aircraft: Maule M7-235B
Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On June 22, 2019, about 1040 Pacific daylight time, a Maule M-7-235B, amphibian float equipped airplane, N118G, was substantially damaged when it nosed over during a forced water landing on Deschutes River near Sunriver, Oregon. The airline transport pilot was fatally injured, and the passenger sustained minor injuries. The airplane was registered to K2 Enterprises LLC. and operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the accident site about the time of the accident and no flight plan was filed for the local flight. The flight originated from Sunriver Airport (S21) Sunriver, Oregon about 1039.

According to the pilot rated passenger, the purpose of the flight was to see how the airplane performed with two persons onboard. The pilot taxied to runway 18, a 5,461 ft long and 75 ft wide asphalt runway, performed an engine run-up with no anomalies noted, and began his takeoff roll. The passenger stated that the throttle was full forward and the engine did not sound abnormal.

The passenger further reported that the pilot rotated about 65 knots with about 1,000 ft of runway remaining, and the airplane lifted off the runway, into ground effect. He recalled that once the airplane came out of ground effect, the rate of climb was slow, and it was apparent that they would not clear the 50 ft trees across the river. The pilot maneuvered the airplane to the left. At some point, the pilot stated, "oh this looks bad". The passenger recalled that he was unaware that the river was the intended forced landing site until seconds prior to touchdown. During the landing touchdown onto the river, the airplane nosed over, turned 180° and floated downstream about 300 ft.

Multiple witnesses reported that the airplane appeared to have difficulty gaining altitude during takeoff.

The airplane was recovered to a secure facility for further investigation.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Maule
Registration: N118G
Model/Series: M7-235B
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: K2 Enterprises LLC.
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KBDN, 3462 ft msl
Observation Time: 0235 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 18 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 16°C / 3°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 360°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.13 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Sunriver, OR (S21)
Destination: Sunriver, OR (S21)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 43.864444, -121.455000 (est)
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Kevin D. Padrick

Mr. Padrick was an avid pilot:
Repairman - Experimental Aircraft Builder 
Pilot: Airline Transport - Airplane Multiengine Land 
Pilot: Commercial - Airplane Single Engine Land 
Pilot: Commercial - Rotorcraft-Helicopter 
Pilot: Commercial - Instrument Helicopter
Pilot: Commercial - Glider
Flight Instructor - Airplane Single And Multiengine
Flight Instructor - Rotorcraft-Helicopter
Flight Instructor - Instrument Airplane And Helicopter 
Flight Instructor - Glider

Mr. Kevin Dale Padrick holds an M.B.A., a J.D., and a B.S. in both mathematics and psychology, all awarded with honors. His four degrees were obtained over six years, the first two of which were spent at the United States Air Force Academy and the last four at the University of Santa Clara. 

Officials identified the pilot who died in a fatal plane crash Saturday in Sunriver as Kevin Padrick, 63, a co-founder of Lake Oswego-based Obsidian Financial Group.

Padrick worked in the Portland law firm Miller Nash Graham & Dunn, then called Miller Nash LLP, from 1979 to around 1993 or 1994, David Hercher, Padrick’s former coworker in the firm, said Sunday.

Hercher, now a federal judge in the United States bankruptcy court in Portland, called Padrick, “One of the smartest people I ever knew.”

“He was very giving and friendly to everybody,” Hercher said of his former mentor. “He was a great leader in the law firm. He inspired people to do their best.”

Hercher said Padrick’s leadership extended beyond the firm, calling him a “very inspiring as a leader in the Bar Association,” and adding he was an Eagle Scout who remained active in the Boy Scouts.

Padrick was a licensed pilot and flight instructor who lived in Sunriver.

“He was a pilot as long as I knew him,” Hercher said. “He was one of the most careful people I can imagine.”

In April of this year, Padrick was scheduled to speak to Columbia Aviation Association in advance of a trip to have amphibious floats installed on his Maule aircraft.

Officials identified the craft involved in the crash as a Maule M-7-235B with floats.

Padrick’s passenger, Johannes Noordwijk, 69, also of Sunriver, survived the crash. The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release Sunday that Noordwijk was able to escape after the aircraft crashed into the the Deschutes River and was helped to shore by Sunriver Fire and Rescue.

Padrick’s body was located later by Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue divers, officials said.

Police said Saturday that they were notified of the crash at 10:42 a.m. when it was reported by a witness.

A picture posted to the Sunriver Fire and Rescue Instagram account Saturday showed a plane with pontoons upside down in the Deschutes River.

Ian Gregor, a spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration, said Saturday that the plane took off from Sunriver Airport said and that the pilot attempted to land on the Deschutes River “for unknown reasons.”

Gregor said the plane sank after landing.

Police are asking anyone who witnessed the incident or has video is to contact the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office at 541-693-6911.

Original article can be found here ➤

Deschutes County Sheriff's Office 

On 06-22-19 at approximately 10:40 am, Deschutes County 911 recieved a call of a plane crash in the Deschutes River near Sunriver. The plane flipped onto its top and submerged. Deschutes County Sheriff's Office (Patrol, Search and Rescue, and Marine Patrol), Sunriver Police Department, Oregon State Police and Sunriver Fire and Rescue responded.

Sunriver Fire and Rescue arrived and was able to rescue five (5) subjects from the aircraft as it floated upside down. One (1) of the subjects rescued was a male occupant of the aircraft who was able to escape the aircraft. The other subjects had swam to the plane to assist the occupants. It was determined a male subject was still underwater and initial rescue efforts were unsuccessful. The remaining occupant in the airplane was believed to be deceased.

The surviving occupant was transported to St. Charles Medical Center in Bend with injuries that are believed to be non-life threatening.

Deschutes County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue with swift water rescue technicians and rescue divers arrived. While being supported by Marine Patrol Deputies, divers were able to locate the second occupant of the aircraft deceased underwater.

Initial information indicates the plane had just taken off from Sunriver Airport. The aircraft, an amphibious float plane, flipped upside down upon contact with the water. The crash is still under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board. Any further information relating to the details of the crash investigation will be released by National Transportation Safety Board. The release of names of the occupants is pending notification of next of kin.

The Sheriff's Office was assisted at the scene by Sunriver Police and Fire, Oregon State Police and the Deschutes County Medical Examiner's Office.


  1. Looks like he had the wheels down for a hard surface landing when they should have been up for a water landing. This seems to happen often with floatplanes.

  2. No investigation needed, picture says it all. Somebody needs to come up with a mod for water landing with wheels down or a spring loaded safety feature that retracts wheels when floats hit water.

  3. ^^^^
    It's called having so much experience that you no longer need a checklist.

  4. ^^^ Right!
    Memory loss can begin from age 43. Mr. Padrick was age 63, he definitely should have had that checklist in his shirt pocket or very close at hand.

  5. Sad that such an simple checklist item was missed and cost a life . No matter how much experience one might acquire , its the simple things that can turn disastrous. Condolences to his family and friends .

  6. Padrick was an excellent and conscientious pilot who ALWAYS, ALWAYS, went through his checklist. He was diligent from the moment he got on the plane to when he got off, always being alert and prepared to respond. He didn't skip anything and was meticulous in everything he did. Safety was always his primary concern. His mind was clear and sharp, and if there was anything that he could have done to prevent what happened, he would have done it. There was clearly something wrong with the plane, not the pilot. For people to judge and jump to conclusions and insinuate that Padrick didn't do everything he should have, is a pretty low blow.