Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Cessna 172 Skyhawk, N4108F: Fatal accident occurred August 27, 2019 near McKenzie Bridge State Airport (00S), Lane County, Oregon

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

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

Location: McKenzie Bridge, OR
Accident Number: WPR19FA244
Date & Time: 08/27/2019, 1835 PDT
Registration: N4108F
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On August 27, 2019, about 1835 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna 172 airplane, N4108F, was destroyed following impact with trees during climbout at Mc Kenzie Bridge State Airport (00S), McKenzie Bridge, Oregon. The private pilot and passenger were fatally injured. The airplane was registered to a private individual and operated by LebanAir Aviation as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local flight, which departed Lebanon State Airport (S30), Lebanon, Oregon about 1800.

According to the airplane owner, the pilot conversed with him before his departure, but did not inform him of his route of flight. Three witnesses who were positioned beneath a tree canopy near the center of the runway observed the accident airplane several seconds before it impacted the ground. According to two of the witnesses, the airplane was about 5 ft above ground level (agl) flying east on runway 06 when it came into their visual range. The airplane appeared to be moving slowly as the wings rocked; however, the engine sounded smooth and continuous. Seconds later the airplane began a shallow climb as the wings continued to rock and disappeared from the witnesses' view as it reached about 20 ft agl. The third witness reported that the engine harmonic resembled a low power setting when the airplane came into his view. The engine power then increased and the airplane yawed from left to right as the wings rocked just before the airplane disappeared behind a group of trees. Approximately 15 minutes later, one of the witnesses observed dark smoke coming from the accident site.

The airplane came to rest inverted in a wooded area about 615 ft east of the departure end of runway 06. The initial impact point (IIP) was marked by an approximately 120 foot-tall tree with a severed top. A section of the left wingtip was found about 40 ft southwest of the IIP and was comprised of an 8 inch-long concaved shaped depression in the leading edge of the wingtip. An intermediate impact point was observed along the debris path and marked by several broken tree branches at the top of an approximately 120 foot-tall tree about 75 ft southeast of the IIP. See Figure 1. The main wreckage was located about 150 ft from the IIP, and was mostly consumed by the postcrash fire, but comprised all four corners of the airplane.


Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N4108F
Model/Series: 172 Undesignated
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: LebanAir Aviation
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: , 373 ft msl
Observation Time: 1854 PDT
Distance from Accident Site: 48 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 37°C / 8°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 10 knots / , 330°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.74 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Lebanon, OR (S30)
Destination: Lebanon, OR (S30)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: Unknown
Total Injuries: 2 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude:  44.182500, -122.078333

Steven Martin Pasciak

Steven Martin Pasciak, 23, formerly of Stroudsburg, PA, died Tuesday evening, August 27, 2019, in an airplane crash in Eugene, Oregon.

Born on July 23, 1996 in Bethlehem, he lived in Monroe County all his life until moving to Oregon in September 2018.

He was a 2015 graduate of Stroudsburg High School; and currently worked on the ski slopes in Steamboat, Colorado and at Mallard Creek Golf Course in Lebanon, OR. He was an avid snowboarder and enjoyed flying single-engine airplanes, golfing and hiking.

Steven had a smile that lit up the room. He drew everyone in with his contagious, gregarious nature that was always bursting with positive energy and left everyone around him feeling good and better about their lives. He saw the beauty in nature. If he saw snow covered hills- he rode them; if he saw a cliff amongst the blue water- he dove off of it. This is why he loved to fly so much. He was able to experience nature in a way that nothing else could fulfill him. Flying gave Steven so much joy because he saw nature through God’s eyes. It exhilarated his spirit like nothing else.

Surviving are his father, Steven S. Pasciak of Raleigh, NC; two brothers, Wesley Pasciak a student at Drexel College in Philadelphia and Jeffrey Pasciak of Stroudsburg, PA; grandparents, Rosemarie and Walter Pasciak of Chester, NJ; and his mother Tonja Stupke of Brodheadsville, PA.

There will be a visitation for family and friends on Thursday, September 5, from 5:00 to 8:00pm (with a prayer service at 7:30pm) at the William H. Clark Funeral Home, 1003 Main Street, Stroudsburg, PA.

Private burial will take place at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to the family to help defray funeral expenses at GoFUNDME -

Original article ➤

Jake Maxwell Kelley
March 24, 1997 - August 27, 2019

Jake Maxwell Kelley, 22, formerly of Stroudsburg, PA - With deepest sadness, and hurting hearts, our family has lost an amazing young man. Jake passed in a plane crash in Eugene, Oregon on Tuesday, August 27, 2019. He was born on March 24, 1997 in Philadelphia, PA. He is the son of Denise Kavert Kelley and Philip J. and Kelly Klingel Kelley. Jake was currently employed at Mallard Creek Golf Club in Lebanon, OR. Jake had just completed Wilderness EMT Certification to pursue his goal of spending winters on the Ski Patrol in Steamboat Springs, CO.

Jake will be remembered as a vibrant, free-spirited soul who marched to the beat of his own drums. His joy of the golf course was only surpassed by the exhilaration and freedom he so relished from days spent hiking, mountain biking and skiing. His infectious smile lightened your heart and brightened your day. He lived large, dreamed big and would want you to do the same!

Along with his parents, he is survived by his brothers Landon Kelley and Derek Klingel; grandparents Paul E. Kelley of Sayre, PA and Barry and Joanne Klingel of Stroudsburg; uncles and aunts Patrick and Patty Kelley of North Charleston, SC, Paul T. and Brenda Kelley of Athens, PA, John and Sheila Laurienti of CO and Eric Kavert of MT; and numerous cousins. Jake was predeceased by his maternal grandparents Jim and Solvie Kavert; and his paternal grandmother Emily Kelley.

There will be a visitation for family and friends on Saturday, Sept. 21 from 12:00-3:00pm with a moment of silence at 2:45pm at Bensing-Thomas Funeral Home, 401 North 5th Street, Stroudsburg. In lieu of flowers, memorial remembrances may be made to the Stroudsburg Little League PO Box 61 Stroudsburg, PA 18360.

MCKENZIE BRIDGE, Oregon -- The two victims in last week's plane crash near the McKenzie Bridge airport have been identified.

The Lane County Sheriff's Office said Steven Pasiack, 23, and Jake Kelley, 22, both of Lebanon, died in the crash.

The sheriff's office also confirmed that Pasiack was the pilot and Kelly was the passenger when their plane went down shortly after 7 p.m in the woods on Aug. 27. The plane was a Cessna 172 registered to an owner in Arizona. Officials did not confirm if there was a relationship between the owner and Pasiack.

Witnesses say they saw the plane take off from the airfield and then crash in the woods shortly after. 

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are still investigating exactly what caused the crash. 

Original article can be found here ➤

Two former Monroe County men were confirmed dead in an Oregon plane crash on August 27.

Steven Pasciak, 23, and Jake Kelley, 22, both of whom resided in Lebanon, Oregon, were killed when Pasciak’s Cessna 172 – a small, single engine plane – crashed into trees near an airport along Highway 126 east of Eugene, Oregon.

On Tuesday, September 3, Sergeant Carrie Carver of the Lane County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that Pasciak and Kelley, both graduates of Stroudsburg High School, died in the crash.

The crash also started a fire that burned around half an acre before the U.S. Forest Service was able to contain it.

The Lane County Sheriff’s Office said that the crash had been reported near the McKenzie Bridge State Airport around 7 p.m. that Tuesday.

On September 3, Carver said that the crash was under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board, and that no further details were currently available.

Both Pasciak and Kelley worked at Mallard Creek Golf Course in Lebanon, Oregon. The business announced on August 30 that a celebration of life ceremony to honor the young men had been scheduled for Sunday, September 8 at their facility.

Pasciak was known as an avid snowboarder who enjoyed flying single engine airplanes, golfing and hiking.

Kelley was known as a “vibrant, free-spirited soul who marched to the beat of his own drums.” He was fond of his work at the golf course, as well as hiking, mountain biking and skiing.

Officials initially held off on identifying the men due to the “condition of the wreckage.”

CBS affiliate KPIC out of Roseburg, Oregon noted that the plane involved in the crash was registered to an owner in Cochise, Arizona.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, Pasciak was rated as a private pilot for single engine airplanes on July 29, 2019.

A visitation for family and friends of Pasciak will be held at William H. Clark Funeral Home in Stroudsburg from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, September 5.

A visitation for family and friends of Kelley will be held at Bensing-Thomas Funeral Home in Stroudsburg from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 21.

Original article can be found here ➤


  1. Yet again another needless tragedy...brand new Private Pilot, 145 HP 1958 C-172, dangerous mountain runway, high density altitude...WHY?

    1. Thank you for your resonse. I am the pilot's mother trying to make sense of it all. I believe my son's lack of experience was a huge factor in his crash! He received his pilots lic. July 29th 2019. The crash was the 27th of August. He died doing what he loved. However a life cut short by people who should have given him advise before he left Lebanon. So many factors leading up to this tragedy. Words can't describe the pain of losing my first born son!

  2. Not a recommended airport for someone with limited experience.

  3. According to ForeFlight (and this article), S30 is at 349 feet elevation. That's a pretty short "mountain." It's a 2747 foot runway, which isn't super long but should be plenty for this airplane, even in the heat, unless out of CG limits or there was some problem with the engine (perhaps both). And how do you know he's a brand new pilot? Online records can be notoriously out of date. I guess the answer to "why?" will have to wait for more information.

    1. Hello, I am the pilots mother. I'm just trying make sense of it all. My son Steven was a new pilot. He received his pilots license on July 29th 2019. Less than a month before the crash. I have learned that there are many factors contributing to his fatal crash. I believe you are right when you said the word "both" He was too inexperienced and the plane was defective. My other son Wesley learned from hacking into Steven's phone that Steven recorded a video of the plane while flying that day he flew that plane of an unusual sound the plane was making that day. He sent it to NTSB. No word yet. Thank you so much for your input!

  4. The accident did not happen at S30. It was at 00S. The temperature at the nearest METAR location was 37C which is 99F. The wind was out of the NW at 10 KTS at the nearest METAR location. The runway at 00S is 6/24. Every flown a 145 HP C172 on a 99 degree day? Go to and take a look at a photo of that airport. Aviation is very unforgiving to bad decision making. RIP to the 2 individuals, and condolences to the families. The only good thing that comes from a tragedy like this is that maybe some pilot will learn from it and not make the same mistakes. From a 43 year GA pilot.

    1. Thank you for your condolences. I am the pilots mother. Trying to make sense of it all. My son was too inexperienced to the challenges he faced that day! There are many factors leading to that crash. First, he was too inexperienced to fly that day with the heat and I believe the plane was defected as well. My other son hacked into his phone and found a video that Steven made the day of the flight. Just a video of the sound of the plane. My son sent it to the NTSA for further review. Thank you for your input!

  5. Was just looking at the airport info on and in the remarks section it says the following:

    Reading the initial report it states that the 172 was taking off to the east. This may have added to this accident. I read articles like this and comment not to criticize but hopefully learn from other peoples unfortunate mistakes. So sad, RIP to both parties and condolences to their families.

  6. have a hangar at Lebanon airport and know the person who owns the airplane. this kid was licensed in june or july and had very limited experience. pretty sure he knew where they were going and concealed it from the owner knowing he would absolutely not approve. any pilot with a decent amount of experience would have advised this kid to get some more experience before attempting to land at mckenzie bridge state airport. this is a one way strip and like all one way strips you are committed to land after a certain point because of the reason that makes it a one way strip, the cascade mountains are at the east end and mountainous terrain on all sides. even the west end has tall trees at the end so takeoff with east winds is not advised. this airport was FAR beyong the capabilities of this new pilot. have landed at this airport multiple times and have NEVER done a go around there and would not consider it after being in the position this pilot was. he had no idea of what it means to be committed to land on a one way strip. clint eastwood nailed it with his famous phrase, "a man's gotta know his limitations!

  7. ^^^ the sad part will now be the families of the deceased will most likely sue either the owner of the plane or his insurance, assuming he has one, for what was no fault of his own and allowing a young pilot to get some hours. No good deed goes unpunished.

    This is also the reason why I would never let anyone use my plane under no circumstances and why so many GA planes rot on some ramps for decades out of misuse even if they could be lent to some pilots for the sake of keeping them running.

    Just too much damn liability...

    Those lawsuits are what kills GA and come from salivating lawyers with no concerns whatsoever for improving safety or bringing back what was lost.

  8. How would someone allow a beginner pilot with that limited of experience take their plane out without knowing the flight plan? That just seems careless to me. The owner should not have allowed the pilot to take his plane out on such a hot day and especially without a flight plan. THIS EASILY COULD HAVE BEEN AVOIDED!