Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Cessna 206, N5152U: Accident occurred August 09, 2019 in Prospect, Jackson County, Oregon

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland, Oregon

Aircraft made a hard landing.

Skinner Leasing LLC

Oregon Department of Forestry


Date: 10-AUG-19
Time: 01:20:00Z
Regis#: N5152U
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 206
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

JACKSON COUNTY, Oregon — Federal investigators are now looking into what caused a small plane on a firefighting mission for the Oregon Department of Forestry to crash in eastern Jackson County at about 6:30 P.M. Friday.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the Cessna 206 with tail number N5152U made a hard landing east of Rustler Peak, a 6,000-foot mountain 12 miles southeast of Prospect.

"Neither of the two people on board was injured," Ian Gregor, Public Affair Manager for the FAA said. "The crew was conducting a fire-spotting flight when the incident occurred."

Gregor said the cause of the crash was a "possible engine malfunction."

"The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate. Neither (agency) identify people involved in aircraft accidents," Gregor said.

The plane is registered to Skinner Leasing LLC on Fairview Drive in Medford and has valid registration through 2022.

Natalie Weber, Public Information Officer for the Oregon Department of Forestry said the plane was a contract air attack plane with two people on board.

Air tactical or air attack planes coordinate aerial firefighting aircraft over wildland fires. They provide vital eyes in the sky for firefighters on the ground and ensure safe aviation operations.

The role of recon aircraft is to grid an area that has either been involved in a lightning storm or has been determined to be of high risk for fire, according to the ODF aviation manual available on their website.

The flight took off from Medford just after 3:30 p.m. following the start of a storm system that moved through nine counties in Southern Oregon.

The storm spawned more than 1,600 lightning strikes on Friday, according to the National Weather Service. ODF reported a few small fires were started from lightning, the majority of those fires are in the Applegate Valley area, with the largest being 1/100 of an acre.

News 10 could not confirm with the Oregon Department of Forestry what the crews on the reconnaissance mission were doing prior to the crash.

Details of the crash have not been released by the ODF, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office or the FAA and NTSB.

"We're just so thankful that there were no injuries reported, that the passenger and the pilot were completely okay," Weber said in a statement Friday. "Safety is absolutely our number one priority."

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