Friday, September 06, 2019

Cessna 210L Centurion, N94262: Fatal accident occurred September 04, 2019 in Henefer, Summit County, Utah

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Salt Lake City, Utah 

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Henefer, UT
Accident Number: WPR19FA250
Date & Time: 09/04/2019, 1521 MDT
Registration: N94262
Aircraft: Cessna 210
Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Aerial Observation 

On September 4, 2019, about 1521 mountain daylight time, a Cessna 210L airplane, N94262, collided with terrain about 4 miles west of Henefer, Utah. The commercial pilot and pilot rated passenger were fatally injured. The airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to a private individual and was being operated by Hawkeye Helicopter LLC as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 aerial observation flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the cross-country flight. The flight originated from Evanston-Uinta County Airport - Burns Field (EVW), Evanston, Wyoming about 1451 with an unknown destination.

The airplane was subject of a Federal Aviation Administration Alert Notification, when it did not return from its flight and the company notified authorities. Subsequently, the airplane wreckage was located in a mountainous canyon the next morning.

The company stated that the pilot was familiar with the area where the airplane wreckage was located and had routinely flown the route.

Examination of the wreckage by the National Transportation Safety Board investigator-in-charge revealed that all the major structural components of the airplane were observed at the accident site. The site was located near the top of a ridgeline, in a valley surrounded by mountainous terrain.

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

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N94262
Model/Series: 210 L
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Hawkeye Helicopters LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KHIF, 4789 ft msl
Observation Time: 1458 MDT
Distance from Accident Site: 19 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 32°C / 5°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 8000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , 310°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.12 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Evanston, WY (EVW)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 41.015278, -111.580833

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 

Kenneth L. Cram

Kenneth L. Cram was born October 9, 1968, in Payson, Utah, to Koyle Thomas and Carolyn Lamb Cram.  He attended Brookside Elementary in Springville, Utah and graduated from Springville High School in 1987.  He attended Dixie State College for a couple years where he received his pilot’s license.  He was studying to be a commercial pilot.  He then served a mission in Scotland for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  He loved the Scottish people.  He married April Dunn Cram in 1995 in the Manti, UT temple.  They have three children.  

Ken had many talents and hobbies.  Ken enjoyed being in the mountains hunting. He loved to ride dirt bikes, horses, and snowmobiles, but his lifetime love was flying planes.  He had dreams of flying a Boeing 747 someday.  Ken studied to be an EMT and served with the Thayne Volunteer Ambulance Service.  Ken was an entrepreneur at heart!  He built and operated the Star Valley Quick Stop in Thayne, WY and then started Willow Creek Transport, a crude oil trucking company in the oil fields.  He spent a lot of time in construction and built his own home in Bedford, WY.  He returned to flying two years ago and received his commercial pilot’s license.  He went to work for Hawkeye Helicopter this past year, trying to build his time and experience, so he could work into flying the bigger planes.  He was recently hired by SkyWest Airlines and was so looking forward to learning to fly the ERJ for them. Ken is survived by his mother, Carolyn Cram; siblings, Lynette (Bill) Sharpe, Stanley (Kim) Cram, Susan Prestwich; wife, April Cram; children, Dayton Bronson, Mitchell Cram, Hailey Cram, Taylor Cram; grandson, Bridger Bronson. 

Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 14, 1:00 p.m. at the Thayne Stake Center, Vannoy & Bedford Rd., Thayne, WY.  There will be a viewing Friday, September 13, at the Schwab Mortuary, 221 Jepperson Drive, Thayne, WY from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and a viewing at 11:00 a.m. at the Thayne Stake Center. The internment will be at the Bedford Cemetery.

Samuel Allan Cortright

Samuel Allan Cortright, 32, passed away on September 5, 2019. He was born January 9, 1987, to Bret S. Cortright and Jacqueline E. (Davis) Cortright in Overland Park, KS. He was a brother to John, Bret, Jacob, and Margaret Cortright. Sam grew up in Shawnee, KS, and graduated from Shawnee Mission North in 2005. He was an accomplished musician.  His lifetime enthusiasm for music started with the upright bass in grade school, which led him to become a member of the KC Youth Symphony for several years.  His passion grew and Sam found himself in various jazz bands both in and out of school. As an adult, Sam discovered his unique talent to ‘play anything’ and began collecting acoustic guitars.  

In addition to music, Sam loved anything with an engine and would find himself taking them apart. His family often found the parts. He also enjoyed spending time with friends, running, swimming, biking trails, rock climbing, and working out at the gym. No matter what he set out to do, Sam gave it his all. Not one to waste a day, he was very fond of waking up early to enjoy a cup of coffee, grateful for the beginning of the new day.

Sam was devoted to his family and enjoyed coming home to visit. He treasured sharing time with his family, especially his three nieces and nephew. They all loved climbing on their Uncle Sam. While busy with jobs all over the country, he kept a map of the US at home, putting push pins in all the places he had visited, lived at, or worked in. The map was filling up quickly. He loved to travel, but cherished his time at home.

Sam’s drive to become a pilot led him to learn as much as he could about flying. Working with several aviation crews throughout the US, he gained experience working with aerial pipeline patrol, agriculture aerial application, and wildland fire suppression.  Sam enjoyed flying just to be flying, and would fly every minute of every day if he could.

Throughout his life, Sam met many people with different backgrounds, personalities, beliefs, values, and hobbies, but he never met a stranger. His generosity touched the lives of every single person that he encountered and he has impacted each and every one of us in a different way. No matter what he was doing, he never passed an opportunity to show compassion to others. Now he flies in the clouds above, watching over everyone he loved and left behind.

Sam was preceded in death by his brother, John William Cortright II, his paternal grandparents, John W. Cortright and M. Mae Cortright, and maternal grandfather, William E. Davis.

Sam is survived by his siblings: Bret S. (Jessica) Cortright, Jr., Jacob A. (Maria) Cortright, and Margaret E. Cortright. He has 3 nieces and 1 nephew: Emily Cortright, Maura Cortright, Sadie Cortright, and John (Jack) Cortright.  Sam never had any children of his own, but dearly loved his nieces and nephew.

Visitation and Service

Friends may call at Holy Angels Catholic Church, Basehor, KS, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Wednesday evening, September 11.  A rosary will be recited at 7:30 pm.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Holy Angels Catholic Church, Basehor, KS, at 10:00 am Thursday, September 12, with Father Richard McDonald as celebrant. Interment will follow at St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Shawnee, KS.  A funeral luncheon will be held at Holy Angels Parish Hall following the burial.

Memorial Contributions 

In lieu of flowers the family asks donations be made to the Sam Cortright Memorial Fund, which proceeds will be used to establish a scholarship in Sam’s name for aspiring pilots.  Contributions may be sent to Southwind Aero, LLC, in care of First State Bank & Trust, 15506 Pinehurst Drive, Basehor, KS  66007.  Contributions will be used to establish a scholarship fund in Sam’s name for aspiring pilots. 


Our Lady Queen of the Angels Adoration Chapel, in care of Holy Angels Catholic Church, 15438 Leavenworth Rd., Basehor, KS  66007.  Contributions will be used for the adoration chapel building fund.

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Two men were killed in an airplane crash in Morgan County.

Authorities with the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office identified the pilots as Samuel Cortright, 34, and Kenneth Cram, 50, on Thursday.

Sgt. Craig Tillet said the plane took off from Evanston, Wyoming, with Cortright and Cram on board. Both were pilots.

The two men were aboard a Cessna 210L Centurion and were last heard from around 3 a.m. Thursday. Concerns that the plane might have crashed came after a woman contacted authorities, concerned that her husband never made it home.

“To the best of my knowledge, it’s a company that flies helicopters and planes, checking pipelines,” Tillet said.

Farmer Scott Reese said deputies informed him Thursday morning that the plane might have gone down somewhere on his property, based on a ping that placed the plane around that area. Reece said that he, along with his son, found it quickly after looking in some of the steeper terrain there. Reece said based on the wreckage, it looked like plane struck the ground hard.

“These two guys did not suffer,” Reese said. “I mean once they had the bugeebees scared out of them, knowing that they were done, there was instant death. I don’t think they had a chance, no suffering at all. And it was very difficult … There’s going to be some sad families tonight.”

A search began for the aircraft after GPS coordinates were obtained through the plane’s company.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board were notified and will investigate the cause of the crash.

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  3. Crash probably happened between 1500-1530 local. Weather was clear. They were not reported missing till 0300 local the next morning.