Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Cessna 182C Skylane, N8749T: Fatal accident occurred November 11, 2019 in Metaline Falls, Pend Oreille County, Washington

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Spokane

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances.

https://registry.faa.gov/N8749T

Date: 11-NOV-19
Time: 19:00:00Z
Regis#: N8749T
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 182
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91
City: METALINE FALLS
State: WASHINGTON

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.






COLVILLE, Washington — The search for a missing Colville pilot and his plane has been concluded after a local resident discovered the body of the pilot in Sullivan Lake on Saturday.

The plane had not been found as of Saturday afternoon, but Pend Oreille County Sheriff Glenn Blakeslee said he believes it is in the lake, which is almost 300 feet deep in parts.

“There’s a possibility that we will never locate it,” Blakeslee said.

Terry Coleman, 67, flew out of the Colville Municipal Airport around noon Monday, intending to return in about an hour. Family notified authorities when he did not return and the search began Monday evening.

Search crews, coordinated by the Washington state Department of Transportation, focused on the area around Sullivan Lake and the town of Ione, based on the length of time Coleman was expected to fly, a ping of his cellphone recorded on a tower in nearby Metaline Falls and radar that showed a plane in that general area at the time he would have been flying.

“It was not an illogical thing for us to assume that he would fly that direction,” Blakeslee said.

Crews from several local agencies and search and rescue groups searched the area both by air and on the ground. Low visibility, rain and snow prevented planes and helicopters from flying on several days of the search, but they were used whenever it was deemed safe to send them out. Ground crews worked throughout the area, including in tough, steep terrain.

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



COLVILLE – The search for a missing Colville pilot and his plane has been concluded after a local resident discovered the body of the pilot in Sullivan Lake on Saturday, November 16th.

Terry Coleman, 67, flew out of the Colville Municipal Airport around noon Monday, November 11th, intending to return in about an hour. Family notified authorities when he did not return and the search began Monday evening.

Search crews, coordinated by the Washington State Department of Transportation, focused on the area around Sullivan Lake and the town of Ione based on the length of time Mr. Coleman was expected to fly, a ping of his cellphone recorded on a tower in nearby Metaline Falls and radar that showed a plane in that general area at the time he would have been flying. (The radar could not identify whose plane it picked up, just that a plane or planes had been in the area).

Crews from several local agencies and Search and Rescue groups searched the area both by air and on the ground. Low visibility, rain and snow prevented planes and helicopters from flying on several days of the search, but they were used whenever it was deemed safe to send them out. Ground crews worked throughout the area, including in tough, steep terrain.

This is not the resolution anyone hoped for and our thoughts are with the Coleman family and loved ones, some of whom worked with searchers in the week-long effort to find Mr. Coleman and his Cessna 182 Skylane. The local communities have been incredibly supportive both of the family and the search crews during the trying days of the search.

WSDOT also is very thankful for all those who gave of their time or expertise during this search mission. Agencies who assisted in the search include: The Pend Oreille County Sheriff’s Office and Search and Rescue (SAR); the Stevens County Sheriff’s Office and SAR: the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office and SAR; the Civil Air Patrol; the Washington Air Search and Rescue; the U.S. Forest Service; U.S. Customs and Border Protection; WSDOT personnel and the Colville Municipal Airport.

This concludes WSDOT’s involvement in the mission. Further information will be released by the Pend Oreille County Sheriff’s Office. The contact there is Sheriff Glenn Blakeslee at 509-671-3469 or Undersheriff Geoff Rusho at 509-447-1902. Media questions about any investigation of cause can be directed to the National Transportation Safety Board.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.wsdot.wa.gov



COLVILLE, Washington — The body of missing Colville pilot Terry Coleman, 67, was found in Sullivan Lake in North Pend Oreille County on Saturday morning, according to the Stevens County Sheriff Brad Manke. 


The Pend Oreille County Sheriff's Office has crews on the lake in an attempt to locate the missing aircraft, which they believe to be submerged, Manke said. An autopsy is scheduled to help determine the cause of death. 


Rescue crews were continuing their search for a missing Colville pilot and his plane after he did not return from a trip on Monday. 


As searches by flight were postponed on Tuesday due to weather conditions, leaders with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) advised that the public should not form private search crews to look for 67-year-old Terry Coleman. 


Coleman left Colville Municipal Airport in his personal Cessna 182 Skylane at about noon on Monday for a one-hour flight, according to WSDOT leaders. The pilot’s family reached out to authorities when the pilot did not return as scheduled.


WSDOT leaders said no emergency beacon signals or other distress signals have been recorded in the area. Two flights, including a Spokane County Sheriff’s helicopter, searched the area and were unable to find the plane on Monday.


Searchers worked on the ground Tuesday due to poor weather and visibility, WSDOT leaders said. A decision about flying planes on Wednesday will depend on conditions and safety of the crews. 


WSDOT coordinated the search with local law enforcement and search and rescue groups in an area between Colville and the nearby towns of Ione and Sullivan Lake, which is based on where they expected Coleman to fly. 


Ione is about 40 miles northeast of Colville in neighboring Pend Oreille County. 


Authorities asked anyone in the area, including hunters, to keep an eye out for the plane or evidence of a crash. They added that residents should not form private search crews because it could interfere with tracking of the official search and rescue crews in the area. 


"We'll let the public know when and if we need more search crews and thank them for the offers and support they've already provided," WSDOT leaders wrote online. 


WSDOT Aviation Search and Rescue lead the search effort and coordinating with local law enforcement. The agency is required by law to coordinate and manage all aerial search and rescue efforts within the state.


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

PEND OREILLE COUNTY, Washington - Authorities have located the remains of a Colville pilot who went missing when his plane crashed on November 11th.

According to a press release by the Stevens County Sheriff's Office, the body of 67-year-old Terry Coleman was found Saturday morning in Sullivan Lake in Northern Pend Oreille County.

The Pend Oreille County Sheriff's Office is continuing to search the lake for the missing aircraft, which is believed to be submerged in the lake.

An investigation into the cause of the airplane crash will be conducted by the Pend Oreille County Sheriff's Office and the National Transportation Safety Board. 

An autopsy will be performed in the coming days to determine Coleman's cause of death. 

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

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