Friday, July 12, 2019

Piper PA-24-180 Comanche, N5840P: Fatal accident occurred July 11, 2019 near Ketchikan, Alaska

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Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Juneau, Alaska

Crashed under unknown circumstances in the vicinity of July Hill mountains.

Date: 11-JUL-19
Time: 22:43:00Z
Regis#: N5840P
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA-24-180
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91


Alaska State Troopers have released the name of the pilot killed in a plane crash in Ketchikan.

Alaska State Troopers says 68-year-old Michael Nash of Wrangell was the pilot and single occupant of his Piper PA-24-180 Comanche.

Nash was found deceased inside the aircraft at about 400 feet elevation.


The Coast Guard says that the missing plane has been located along with the sole passenger on the plane.

The wreck was located by the Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad, and the Alaska State Troopers are now coordinating the retrieval of the body and the wreckage.

The Alaska Volunteer Rescue Squad reported its location of the plane at 4:47 p.m. near Judy Hill, directly across the channel from the town Ketchikan and just south of the Ketchikan Airport, where it was expected to land.

The helicopter that was originally reported to have been dispatched to the scene never arrived, as the plane had already been located.

Original article:

The search is on for a plane near Ketchikan that was reported as overdue at 3:04 p.m.

The Coast Guard sent out two small boats to the area, near Blank Inlet on Gravina Island, as well as a helicopter. The small boats were on the scene by 4:30 p.m. and the helicopter arrived around 5:15 p.m.

The Coast Guard says that currently the status of the operation is “searching for overdue aircraft,” but the last known communication occurred at 2:30 p.m. according to what the Coast Guard received from Ketchikan Flight Services.

The Coast Guard says the weather at the time included clouds, 13 mph winds, and light rain. The visibility was nine miles and the temperature was 62 degrees.

Original article ➤


Anonymous said...

Wow. Yet another ATP rated pilot goes down with the ship?
Low ceilings? Perhaps medically related? Who knows...

Anonymous said...

From his law site and involved in Aviation Law: "Attorney Michael Nash has been a commercial pilot and has owned an air service. He understands the particular problems of pilots and aircraft owners. As an attorney he can help you with legal problems related to aviation. Get help dealing with the FAA and with legal and business concerns involving air travel."

av8rdav said...

ATP is not a rating. It's a grade of certificate.

Anonymous said...

“ATP is not a rating. It's a grade of certificate.” You must be a lot of fun at parties.

Anonymous said...

He is correct and he IS a blast at parties.

av8rdav said...

Knowing the difference between a certificate and rating was something that was taught to me when I was a student.
Can we agree the difference is important?