Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Amphibian Cessna A185E, N5806J: Accident occurred August 03, 2019 in Saginaw, Michigan

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

Additional Participating Entities:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Grand Rapids, Michigan
Continental Aircraft Engines; Mobile, Alabama

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


Location: Saginaw, MI
Accident Number: CEN19LA249
Date & Time: 08/03/2019, 0910 CDT
Registration: N5806J
Aircraft: Cessna A185
Injuries: 4 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On August 3, 2019, about 0910 central daylight time, a Cessna A185 amphibian airplane, N5806J, conducted a forced landing about 14 miles southwest of Saginaw, Michigan. The pilot and three passengers received minor injuries, and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a cross-country flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident.

The pilot reported that during cruise flight, the engine experienced a loss of power. He selected a road for the forced landing; however, the airplane impacted a power pole and electrical wires during the forced landing. Examination of the accident site revealed the airplane came to rest inverted, with substantial damage to the fuselage and both wings.

The airplane was recovered to a secure facility for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N5806J
Model/Series: A185 E
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: KMBS
Observation Time: 1353 UTC
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C / 14°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 280°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting:  30.1 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point:

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 3 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 4 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 43.404167, -83.980000

RICHLAND TOWNSHIP (WJRT)- (08/03/19)- Four people were taken to the hospital after their plane crashed in Saginaw County near the intersection of Spencer and Fordney Rd in Richland Twp.

Saginaw County Sherriff Williams Federspiel said they received the call shortly after 10 a.m. Saturday.

Four people were on board at the time of the crash, all 4 suffering minor injuries.

"A Cessna 185 airplane took off from an airport in the Flint area this morning headed for Beaver Island,” said Federspiel. “There were 4 individuals onboard, 2 men and 2 women in their 60s. As they crossed over the western Saginaw County this morning we received a call from 911 at 10:02 a.m. that a plane had crashed."

The pilot, Peter Mainprize, 62-years-old, suffered minor facial injuries.

Three other passengers on the plane by the names of Pamela Flores, Christopher Flores and Cindi Mainprize received bumps and bruises.

"Apparently the pilot had engine trouble, he was able to get the plane landed on Spencer Rd. but the wing caught a guide wire and flipped the plane on its roof,” said Federspiel. “Thankfully there were no explosions, no fire and no one was seriously injured.”

All four passengers were taken to Hurley Medical Center in Flint for their injuries.

Sheriff Federspiel believes it was the pilot's experience that prevented the situation from having a more gruesome ending.

“I think there's luck involved but I also think that the pilot was an experienced pilot,” said Federspiel. “When I see a crash like that that takes nerves of steel to do that, to be able to find a spot and get it down."

Saginaw County Sheriff's office, Richland Twp firefighters, and the Federal Aviation Administration responded to the scene.

The Federal Aviation Administration is on scene investigating.

Story and video ➤ https://www.abc12.com

SAGINAW, Michigan - Saginaw County 911 is reporting a plane crash in Saginaw County near the intersection of Spencer & Fordney.

Saginaw County Sheriff William Federspiel reports four people were on the Cessna plane at the time it crashed at 10 a.m. in Saginaw County near the intersection of Spencer and Fordney.

The pilot, Peter Mainprize suffered minor facial injuries.

Three passengers on the plane by the names of Pamela Flores, Christopher Flores and Cindi Mainprize received bumps and bruises.

All of the people on the plane were in their 60's.

The plane had left Flint and was traveling to Beaver Island.

The Sheriff says the plane suffered engine trouble which caused the engine to stop.

Investigators say when the plane came down the wing caught a guide wire and it flipped it over on its roof.

The Federal Aviation Administration is on scene investigating.

Story and video ➤ https://nbc25news.com


  1. I can't imagine gliding a floatplane to an emergency off field landing. It sounds like offroading on a unicycle.

  2. Very good outcome. When the engine quits, you really start to notice what the terrain below looks like.