Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Cessna 172M Skyhawk, N9919V: Accident occurred July 08, 2019 near Newport Municipal Airport (KONP), Lincoln 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: Newport, OR
Accident Number: ANC19LA032
Date & Time: 07/08/2019, 1710 PDT
Registration: N9919V
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Injuries: 1 Serious, 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On July 8, 2019, at about 1710 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna 172 airplane, N9919V, sustained substantial damage during a forced landing following a partial loss of engine power while in cruise flight near Newport, Oregon. The private pilot and one passenger sustained minor injuries and one passenger sustained serious injuries. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot, under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight when the accident occurred. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan had been filed. The flight departed Newport Municipal Airport (KONP), Newport, Oregon for a local whale watching flight.

According to the pilot, after locating and circling a pod of whales for viewing, they had decided to return to Newport. While in level cruise flight at an altitude of about 1,200 ft the engine began to surge with the rpm fluctuating between 2,100 and 2,600 rpm. In an effort to correct for the surging engine, the pilot switched fuel tanks, enrichened the fuel mixture and applied full throttle, to no avail. Unable to maintain altitude, and in an effort to avoid undue harm to persons on the ground, he selected an area of hilly, sand covered terrain for an emergency landing. During the emergency landing the airplane sustained substantial damage to the wings and fuselage. A detailed wreckage examination is pending following recovery.

The closest weather reporting facility is Newport Municipal Airport (KONP), Newport, Oregon. At 1750, a METAR from KONP was reporting in part: wind, 310 at 8 knots; visibility, 10 statute miles; sky condition, clear; temperature, 62° F; dew point 57° F; and an altimeter setting of 30.02 inches of mercury. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N9919V
Model/Series: 172 M
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation:
Observation Time: 0050 UTC
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C / 14°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / , 310°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.02 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Newport, OR
Destination: Newport, OR 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 2 Minor
Latitude, Longitude:  44.580278, -124.058056 (est)

NEWPORT, Oregon (KPTV) - The current Mayor of Newport has been identified by Oregon State Police as the pilot of a plane that crashed Monday evening.

The crash occurred at around 5:10 p.m. near South Beach State Park.

Oregon State Police said an investigation determined Dean Sawyer, 66, departed from the Newport Municipal Airport in a Cessna 172M Skyhawk and flew around the Depoe Bay area.

Two passengers were in the plane with Sawyer and were identified as Deborah Reasoner, 61, and a 7-year-old juvenile, both from Molalla. Oregon State Police said the relationship between Reasoner and the juvenile is unknown.

As he was flying near Newport, Oregon State Police said Sawyer noticed there was a mechanical problem and attempted to return to the airport.

According to Oregon State Police, the plane did not have enough altitude to fly to the airport, so Sawyer planned for an emergency landing and was able to land on the beach north of the Jetty.

All three passengers were taken to Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital. Sawyer and the juvenile received minor injuries and have been released.

Oregon State Police said Reasoner sustained serious injuries and was lifeflighted to a Portland hospital.

According to Oregon State Police, Sawyer has had a pilot's license for 40 years and has been flying the plane that crashed for over 30 years.

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


  1. Plane removed from beach today 11 July 2019.

  2. When is the reason for the cause going to be released?