Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Lancair IV, N350CL: Fatal accident occurred August 11, 2019 in Kooskia, Idaho County, Idaho

Carl and Joelle Lindros , both 83, of Santa Barbara, California.

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Spokane, Washington

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances.


Date: 11-AUG-19

Time: 18:34:57Z
Regis#: N350CL
Aircraft Make: LANCAIR
Aircraft Model: IV
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: Fatal
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: Destroyed
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91
State: IDAHO

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov.

Idaho County Coroner Cody Funke confirmed there were two people on board of the Lancair 4 that crashed on Sunday. With the assistance of the Idaho State University Department of Anthropology, Carl Lindros, 83, and Joanne Lindros, 81, of Santa Barbara, CA were located and then positively identified via their personal effects by their son, Randy Lindros.

KOOSKIA – Federal agencies continue to investigate a fatal plane crash last Sunday, August 11, outside Kooskia.

Human remains recovered at the site on Harris Ridge will be sent for autopsy, according to an Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO) press release Tuesday, August 13, which also noted identity of the victims is pending family notification.

However, in a Monday. August 12, Lewiston Tribune story, Sheriff Doug Giddings identified those believed involved as Carl and Joelle Lindros, both 83, of Santa Barbara, Calif. The pair was believed to be traveling from Montana to Sacramento when the crash occurred for as-yet unknown reasons.

Giddings was unavailable for comment as of press time Tuesday.

Investigators face a challenge with the investigation as the aircraft, believed to be a Lancair IV, was completely engulfed in fire.

“It was completely destroyed. The biggest piece we found was four feet of wing,” said Lt. Doug Ulmer, ICSO. “The plane completely disintegrated.”

Initially the incident was reported Sunday morning, at approximately 10:41 a.m., as a fire, believed resulting from a lightning storm that earlier went through the area. The Kooskia Fire Department and Idaho Department of Lands crews were dispatched to the scene up Harris Ridge just outside Kooskia, according to Ulmer.

“Upon arrival at the scene, they realized this was an airplane crash, instead of a lightning-caused fire,” he said.

The plane crashed into a draw, leaving an approximate 75-yard skid trail of burnt debris. Firefighters secured a line around the scene to contain the fire’s spread, and secured the scene until law enforcement arrived, according to Ulmer.

Information recovered from the crash site, which may help confirm positive victim identification, has been provided to the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation and Safety Board. These agencies will take the lead on the investigation.

According to Ulmer, the agencies are arranging for recovering crash debris.

Original article ➤ https://www.idahocountyfreepress.com

GRANGEVILLE, Idaho - The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating after a small plane crash in north-central Idaho killed two people.

The Lewiston Tribune reported Tuesday that Carl and Joelle Lindros, both 83 and believed to be from Santa Barbara, California, were in the Lancair IV aircraft when it crashed near Kooskia, Idaho late Sunday morning. Officials think the couple was traveling from Montana to Sacramento at the time.

Idaho County Sheriff Doug Giddings says it's not yet known why the plane crashed, but it apparently burst into flames and was destroyed on impact. Giddings says the wreckage has made it hard for authorities to tell if there were any other people on board.

Giddings says officials are working with the couple's son in California to learn more. Both the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.

Both Carl and Joelle were visible members of the Santa Barbara Community. Carl previously served as board president of the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara. 

Victoria Juarez, current president and CEO of the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara, issued the following statement regarding the death of Carl Lindros to our newsroom.

"We were shocked and saddened to learn of the untimely deaths of Carl and Jo Lindros. Carl was a beloved and influential supporter of the Scholarship Foundation for more than five decades, serving on the organization's Board of Directors from 1969 to 1986, and as Board president in 1985-86. A founding member of the Board's Investment Committee, Carl was instrumental in building the Foundation's endowment. Ever committed to the Scholarship Foundation, he was a member of our Investment Committee at the time of his death. This organization and the wider Santa Barbara Community have lost a generous and visionary leader."


GRANGEVILLE — Investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board were on scene at Harris Ridge a few miles northeast of Kooskia on Monday where a small aircraft crashed, killing two 83-year-old people, believed to be from Santa Barbara, Calif.

Idaho County Sheriff Doug Giddings said Monday that Carl and Joelle Lindros were believed to be traveling from Montana to Sacramento in a Lancair IV aircraft when it crashed for unknown reasons about 10:40 a.m. Sunday.

The plane apparently burst into flames and was destroyed on impact.

“They crashed, and there was not much left but bits and pieces,” Giddings said. “We’re not sure how many were in the plane; it was pretty shattered.”

The accident was first reported as a fire on the ridge, Giddings said, and local fire departments were dispatched to the scene, where the wreckage was discovered.

Giddings said officials are working with the couple’s son in California and more information about the accident may be released today.

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


Anonymous said...

83 years old. SMH.

Jim said...

Flight Aware shows them around 10,000 feet for the whole trip. Is that possible along that route? Wouldn't they need to be much higher?

Anonymous said...

Plane was doing 300-350 MPH when it struck the ground. A cruise missile.

Three weeks earlier this same airplane flew over Los Angeles from one end of the city to the other. See https://flightaware.com/live/flight/N350CL Flew from Fullerton to Oxnard, flying over most of LA, then directly over LAX, then toward Santa Monica, and onward to Oxnard.

Could've just as easily lost control of the airplane over Los Angeles.

Anonymous said...

The only identifiable parts in the wreckage I see are the turbocharger and the intercooler. Ground scar is more like an F-16.

Anonymous said...

Note the mention of a lightning storm. Experimental composite planes like Lancair's typically don't have metal mesh in their skins to protect them from lightning like certified composite planes do. A lightning strike can splinter unprotected composite structures. They could have taken a hit on a flight control and the pilot did his best to bring it in during or near a storm.

Anonymous said...

Well, from the bent prop it seems the motor was running when they impacted terrain. The mention of a storm in the area could offer a clue.
A relative of mine died at age 89 after suffering in a nursing home for 7 years. I would prefer to go out like this, but I'd hate to total a good plane to do it.

Anonymous said...

83 ? Really,.... I drew the line at 70 and converted my shop into an Ultralight part 103 Factory........ I get to weld, bend, glue, staple, paint with no thought of driving something I'm strapped into IN TO THE GROUND for whatever reason.... so........I still wish the fmily peace, love & hugs for their loss... R.I.P...... I guess we all leave this earth at some point so GOD BLESS to both of them.