Sunday, September 22, 2019

Cessna 182H Skylane, N1891X: Fatal accident occurred September 19, 2019 in Nixon, Washoe County, Nevada

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Reno

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Nixon, NV
Accident Number: WPR19FA263
Date & Time: 09/19/2019, 1020 PDT
Registration: N1891X
Aircraft: Cessna 182
Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On September 19, 2019, about 1020 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna 182H, N1891X, impacted mountainous terrain about 6 miles southwest of Nixon, Nevada. The private pilot and passenger were fatally injured, and the airplane was destroyed. The airplane was registered to T Craft Aero Club, and operated by the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed. The flight originated from Lake Tahoe Airport (TVL), South Lake Tahoe, California about 0945 and was destined for Nampa Municipal Airport (MAN), Nampa, Idaho.

Preliminary radar data showed the airplane on a southerly track after takeoff followed by a left turn towards the northeast. The airplane continued in that general direction until about Interstate 80 and then continued on a north-northwest heading. The track paralleled a mountain ridgeline until it made a right 180-degree turn and ended.

The nearest weather reporting station was the Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO), about 22 nautical miles southwest of the accident site. At 0955 wind was reported as 050 at 5 knots, few clouds at 3,500 ft, scattered clouds at 5,000 ft, broken 8,500 ft, and broken at 20,000 feet. Temperature was 12 degrees C, dewpoint 3 degrees C, and an altimeter setting of 29.99. The remarks section indicated altocumulus standing lenticular clouds distant east through southeast. Mountain tops obscured distant southwest through northwest.

The airplane has been recovered to a secure location for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N1891X
Model/Series: 182 H
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: RNO, 4415 ft msl
Observation Time: 0955 PDT
Distance from Accident Site: 22 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 12°C / 3°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 3500 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 50°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 8500 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.99 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Unknown
Departure Point: Lake Tahoe Airport, CA (TVL)
Destination: Nampa, ID (MAN) 

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: 39.781111, -119.470556

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

Washoe County Sheriff's Office

Sheriff Darrin Balaam asks the community to join him in thanking the Search and Rescue volunteers, deputies, and RAVEN crew who braved treacherous weather and terrain in order to locate the wreckage of a small plane in the rugged, mountainous area just north of Virginia Peak on September 19th.

“These types of incidents are difficult enough because of the tragedy involved which is why I feel it’s so important to show our appreciation for the men and women who willingly brave the elements in order to bring closure for those involved,” Sheriff Balaam said.  

RAVEN, deputies, and volunteers from the Specialized Vehicle Unit and Washoe County Sheriff's - Hasty Team continue to assist with the National Transportation Safety Board and Washoe County Regional Medical Examiner’s Office investigations of the crash site.

Former Gem County Commissioner Lan Smith and his wife, Pam, were killed in a small plane crash on September 19th, 2019 in Nevada.

A former Gem County commissioner and his wife were killed in a plane crash Thursday.

A small aircraft headed from Reno to Idaho crashed in the Virginia Peak mountain area of Nevada, according to the Reno Gazette Journal. The paper reported there were “no known survivors.”

A Gem County Facebook page identified the victims as the former commissioner Lan Smith and his wife, Pam Smith. The couple’s daughter, LeeAnn Robinson, posted on Facebook about her parents’ passing as well.

The Statesman confirmed the deaths with a current Gem County commissioner, Bill Butticci.

“We’re praying for the family, that they can find peace in this,” Butticci told the Statesman in a phone interview. “They will truly be missed.”

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RENO, Nevada (KOLO) - UPDATE 9/20/2019: The FAA preliminary report revealed that the September 19th, 2019 crash near Pah Rah peak killed the pilot and a passenger.

The Washoe County Coroner's Office says it may be weeks before a positive identification is made.

The plane, a Cessna 182H was reported to be flying to Idaho. According to an FAA website, the plane was registered in Nampa, Idaho, which is just outside of Boise.

ORIGINAL STORY: The Washoe County Sheriff's Office says there are no known survivors after wreckage was found in the search for a missing Cessna.

The Cessna 182 was reported missing around 12:20 PM Thursday, September 19, 2019.

The flight was en route from Reno to Idaho.

The sheriff's office says the search area was difficult to reach and back country volunteers with the Hasty team were dropped off via RAVEN in the area of the Pah Rah Mountain Range south of Pyramid Lake. Within two hours, the volunteers found pieces of wreckage about a mile and a half north of Virginia Peak along the ridge line.

Officials have not released any information about the people on board.

The National Transportation Safety Board will take over the investigation.

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