Friday, October 25, 2019

Mooney M20J 201, N201BJ: Fatal accident occurred October 25, 2019 near American Falls Airport (U01), Power County, Idaho

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Salt Lake City

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances in a field.

https://registry.faa.gov/N201BJ 

Date: 25-OCT-19
Time: 18:38:00Z
Regis#: N201BJ
Aircraft Make: MOONEY
Aircraft Model: M20J
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: POST IMPACT (PIM)
Operation: 91
City: AMERICAN FALLS
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. 

AMERICAN FALLS — The cause of a deadly single-engine plane crash in a field near American Falls on Friday remains a mystery.

The plane’s only occupants — the pilot and a dog — died in the crash, which was reported around 12:20 p.m. Friday in a field off Lamb Weston Road just west of American Falls, according to the Power County Sheriff’s Office. Both the pilot and dog were pronounced dead at the scene by Power County emergency responders.

The Power County Sheriff’s Office issued a press release Friday night saying that the plane was registered to Robert J. Wheeler, 52, of California.

The Sheriff’s Office said Wheeler’s family confirmed he had taken off from California around 7:30 a.m. Friday with his dog aboard. Authorities haven’t yet said where Wheeler was flying to or identified exactly where in California he had taken off from.

Although it appears likely that the person killed in the crash was Wheeler, authorities said they won’t know that for sure until an autopsy is performed on the pilot’s body Monday in Boise.

The American Falls and Pocatello airports are nearby but authorities haven’t yet said whether the plane was attempting to land at either one.

The plane had apparently not issued any distress calls prior to crashing, deepening the mystery of what caused it to fall out of the sky.

On Saturday afternoon National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration investigators were at the scene of the crash looking at the heavily damaged plane. The crash scene is in a brush-covered field about 75 yards off Lamb Weston Road and about a mile west of American Falls city limits.

Most of the plane’s fuselage and tail appeared to be intact though the plane’s nose suffered heavy damage upon impact and one of its wings appeared to be crushed.

Weather conditions over the American Falls area on Friday were clear with no precipitation and some are speculating that the plane’s pilot suffered some sort of medical emergency causing the crash or perhaps the plane experienced a mechanical problem.


The crash remains under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office, NTSB and FAA.

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




AMERICAN FALLS — Power County sheriff’s officials confirmed Monday the identity of a 52-year-old pilot killed in a single-engine plane crash near American Falls over the weekend.

They say the owner of the plane, California resident Robert J. Wheeler, died in the incident along with his black German shepherd.

Sheriff’s officials say an autopsy was performed in Boise on Monday morning, but they are waiting for official reports before they release any additional information about Wheeler’s death.

The sheriff’s office, National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration are still investigating what caused the plane to crash into a brush-covered field off Lamb Weston Road, west of American Falls, on Friday.

Both Wheeler and his dog died at the scene of the crash.

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



AMERICAN FALLS, Idaho — Authorities in eastern Idaho say a man piloting a small plane died after crashing in a field just outside the small town of American Falls.

The Power County Sheriff's Office tells KIFI-TV that a dog in the single-engine aircraft also died in the crash on Friday afternoon.

Authorities haven't released the man's name.

The cause of the crash is unknown, but none of the landing gears were engaged, so authorities do not think the pilot was attempting to land.

The Power County Sheriff's Office said the plane was registered in New Hampshire.  At this time, authorities do not know where it came from or where it was headed.  There were no distress calls from the plane.

A FedEx driver spotted the plane in the field at around noon Friday.    

The National Transportation Safety Board says it's investigating.

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


AMERICAN FALLS, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - A single-engine plane pilot was killed when his plane went down in a field off Lamb Weston Road about a tenth of a mile outside American Falls in rural Power County shortly after noon Friday.  A dog on-board the plane was also killed.

The cause of the crash is unknown, but none of the landing gears were engaged, so authorities do not think the pilot was attempting to land.

The Power County Sheriff's Office said the plane was registered in New Hampshire.  At this time, authorities do not know where it came from or where it was headed.  There were no distress calls from the plane. 

A FedEx driver spotted the plane in the field at around Noon Friday.    

Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board personnel are expected to be on the scene Saturday.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.localnews8.com

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