Saturday, October 12, 2019

Antares MA33-582, N92287: Accident occurred October 11, 2019 at Coeur d'Alene Airport (KCOE), Kootenai County, Idaho

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Spokane

NTSB Identification: GAA20CA019

14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, October 11, 2019 in Coeur d'Alene, ID
Aircraft: ANTARES MA33, registration: N92287

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Aircraft crashed during takeoff.

Date: 11-OCT-19

Time: 23:51:00Z
Regis#: N92287
Aircraft Make: ANTARES
Aircraft Model: MA-33M
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: SERIOUS
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
State: IDAHO

COEUR d'ALENE, Idaho - The pilot involved in a crash with an experimental aircraft at Coeur d'Alene Airport has been identified as 51-year-old Thomas Slotts of Spokane. 

According to the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office, Slotts was hospitalized with serious but non-life-threatening injuries after the crash on Friday, October 11. 

Crews from multiple agencies responded to the scene. Based on an initial investigation, it appeared Slotts overturned his aircraft during the low-level stages of takeoff and impacted into a field off the runway. 

Alcohol and drugs do not appear to be a factor at this time but the investigation into the exact circumstances of the crash remains ongoing. 

The Federal Aviation Administration was notified and is conducting an investigation as well. 

Previous Coverage:

COEUR d'ALENE, Idaho - Multiple agencies are responding to the Coeur d'Alene Airport for a reported crash involving an experimental aircraft. 

According to Northern Lakes Fire, the pilot of the aircraft was the only person on board and he has been taken to Kootenai Health in critical condition. 

Witnesses say the crash occurred as the aircraft was attempting to take off. 

The Federal Aviation Administration has been notified. One runway at the airport has been closed down as the investigation continues.

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COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - The Kootenai County Sheriff's Office identified the man injured in an aircraft crash at the Coeur d'Alene Airport on Friday.

According to a release, deputies believe 51-year-old Thomas Stotts overturned his aircraft during the beginning stages of takeoff, sending him barreling into a nearby field. 

First responders found Stotts pinned underneath the aircraft. It took fire crews about five minutes to extricate him.

"This is a rare event," said Chris Larson with Northern Lights Fire. "Coeur d'Alene Airport has a great history of safety out here. As being in the fire district for 20 years, this is a very rare event."

Stotts was taken to the hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries, the sheriff's office said.

The cause of the crash is currently under investigation and the Federal Aviation Administration has been notified. 

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COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - One person is in serious condition after an experimental aircraft crashed at the Coeur d'Alene Airport Friday afternoon. 

Crews were on scene at the airport working to rescue the pilot from inside the crashed experimental, ultralight aircraft, the Northern Lakes Fire District said. 

"When the crews found him, the plane was located on top of the patient. How it happened or if he was landing or taking off, I do not know," said Chris Larson, who is the Deputy Fire Marshal for the Northern Lake Fire District.

The pilot was removed and taken to Kootenai Health with critical injuries, according to Chris Larson with the North Lake Fire District.

The pilot, identified as Thomas Stotts, 51, of Spokane, overturned his aircraft during the low level stages of take-off, an initial investigation revealed. Stotts' aircraft crashed into a field off the runway inside the airport, the Kootenai County Sheriff's Office said.

One of the runways at the airport is closed due to the crash, although there is still a second lane open. Fire crews from several agencies are at the airport working the crash.

Larson said this type of incident is rare for the Coeur d'Alene airport.

"Coeur D'ALene airport has a great history of safety out here. As being in the fire district for 20 years, this is a very rare event," he said.

The National Transportation Safety Board was notified about the crash. The Federal Aviation Administration was also notified about the crash, and it will conduct an investigation.

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