Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Cessna 172G Skyhawk, N3761L: Accident occurred July 22, 2019 at Madras Municipal Airport (S33), Jefferson County, Oregon

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland, Oregon

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


Location: Madras, OR
Accident Number: WPR19LA198
Date & Time: 07/22/2019, 1300 PDT
Registration: N3761L
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Injuries: 2 Minor, 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On July 22, 2019, about 1300 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna 172G, N3761L, was substantially damaged during a forced landing near Madras Municipal Airport (S33), Madras, Oregon. The flight instructor was not injured. Both the student pilot and passenger received serious injuries. The airplane was registered to and operated by Outlaw Aviation, LLC under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as an instructional flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a flight plan was not filed, for the local flight that originated from Sisters Eagle Airport (6K5), Sisters, Oregon at 1230.

According to the flight instructor, she asked the student pilot to perform a preflight inspection of the airplane while she concluded a debrief with another student. When the instructor returned, she delivered a safety briefing and overview of the upcoming flight to the rear seat passenger. The engine started normally after two unsuccessful attempts and several shots of primer. They subsequently performed an engine run-up before they departed uneventfully from runway 20 at 6K5. As the airplane was about 15 nm from S33, the instructor and student retrieved weather information from the automated terminal information service, which did not show any hazards. They descended the airplane and made a radio call over the uncontrolled airport's common traffic advisory frequency to announce their position and intentions before they entered the extended base leg of the airport traffic pattern for runway 34. After a successful touch and go maneuver they re-entered the airport traffic pattern and heard an advisory call over the radio from a nearby airplane with intentions of entering the pattern. Abeam the runway 34 designation numbers, the student pilot applied carburetor heat, reduced engine power to 1,500 rpm and configured the airplane to land.

The instructor recounted that the approach progressed normally as she scanned the area for the incoming traffic. After another radio call from the incoming airplane, the instructor observed the traffic and issued instructions to the student pilot to turn to the final approach leg. Almost immediately after she announced their position she heard the student pilot say "it won't go in, it won't go in!" While the instructor attempted to comprehend the student pilot's statement she noticed that the rpm indication on the tachometer showed 1,000 rpm. She immediately recycled the throttle, advanced the mixture to FULL RICH, and then recycled the throttle again, but did not observe any response from the engine. From about 300 ft above ground level, the instructor took control of the airplane and instructed both the student pilot and passenger to brace for impact. The airplane touched down in a field south of runway 34, impacted a barbed wire fence, traversed an embankment and paved road before it came to rest on its nose.

Postaccident examination of the airplane by the Federal Aviation Administration revealed substantial damage to the forward fuselage.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N3761L
Model/Series: 172 G
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Outlaw Aviation LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation: , 2436 ft msl
Observation Time: 1255 PDT
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 30°C / 6°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , 290°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.02 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Sisters, OR (6K5)
Destination: Sisters, OR (6K5)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor, 1 None
Latitude, Longitude:  44.670278, -121.155278 (est)

MADRAS, Oregon - (Update: Adding video, comments by pasture owner)

A small plane with three women aboard, including a student pilot and instructor, lost power as it approached Madras Airport Monday afternoon and made a forced landing in a cow pasture but was unable to stop before skidding through a fence, across a road and into an embankment, Jefferson County Sheriff Jim Adkins said.

The crash was reported just before 1 p.m. near the intersection of Northwest Glass Drive and Birch Lane, just south of the airport. Federal Aviation Administration regional spokesman Allen Kenitzer confirmed three people were aboard the Cessna 172 that came down in a field.

Adkins said the plane, on a flight from Sisters with the Outlaw Aviation Club, lost power on final approach to the Madras Airport, forcing the instructor to land in a cow pasture about 3/4 of a mile south of the runway. But the pilot was unable to stop the plane before it went through a fence, skidded across Birch Lane and came to rest against another wire fence, in a shallow embankment.

"They are fine," the sheriff said of the three occupants. "Nobody's hurt bad. There's some strained back and neck muscles." 

Jefferson County Fire District officials said the single-engine plane came to rest under power lines on the north side of Birch Lane, nosed into a slight embankment and intact except for the nose gear. All three occupants got out on their own.

Fire crews worked with airport staff to power down the plane and stop a small overflow fuel leak from the left-wing tank, officials said, adding that there was no damage to the power lines.

Adkins said the flight instructor was still on the scene, while the plane's other two occupants were taken on a non-emergency basis to St. Charles Madras for evaluation.

The instructor is "former military," Adkins said. "She's a cool cucumber."

FAA records show the plane is owned by Outlaw Aviation LLC and was built in 1965.

Deputies secured the scene for an investigation by the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board and later moved the plane to a hangar.

In a Facebook posting, Adkins said, "Speaking as a pilot, the flight Instructor and student pilot did an excellent job landing the plane in the pasture and preventing injury and further property damage."

The owner of the field, Madras rancher Tom Anderson, recalled it this way:

“So they landed out in the middle of my cow pasture and then jumped the highway - went through the fence. And of course, the cows were pretty excited. They thought it was something more to play with. “

“I got a bunch of phone calls from the neighbors and police to come up and I had a fence busted, so they held the cows back, and we repaired the fence. My grandsons helped me.”

“I told the instructor pilot that i was so thankful that she wasn't hurt. And nobody was hurt. They walked away. So that was a good thing - that's a blessing," Anderson said.

Article and video ➤ https://www.ktvz.com

Jefferson County Sheriff's Office
Airplane Crash - Madras

A Cessna 172G Skyhawk on final approach into the Madras Airport, runway 34, apparently had an engine failure. The airplane was being flown by a student pilot and an instructor from the Sisters airport. 

The instructor landed the plane in a cow pasture approximately 3/4 miles short (south) of the runway. There was one other passenger on board in the rear seat. 

All three occupants appeared uninjured or had minor pulled muscle injuries. The student pilot and passenger were transported to St. Charles Medical Center in Madras to be checked out.

The Federal Aviation Administration and Federal Aviation Administration have been notified. Madras Airport Manager Rob Berg is assisting in the investigation and notifications of authority.
Thank you to Madras Police Officer Slyter for his quick response and for his assistance in the investigation.

Jefferson County Fire and EMS were quick to arrive on scene, securing the scene and caring for the plane's occupants. 

As of 2:20 p.m. Birch Lane was reopened.

Speaking as a pilot, the flight Instructor and student pilot did an excellent job landing the plane in the pasture and preventing injury and further property damage.

Sheriff Jim
Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

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