Sunday, November 24, 2019

Grumman AA5B Tiger, N310PD: Fatal accident occurred November 22, 2019 near Jackpot Airport/Hayden Field (06U), Elko County, Nevada

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Robin and Mike Quinn

HEISE – An eastern Idaho couple died in a plane crash Friday afternoon near Elko, Nevada.

Friends and relatives say the victims are Mike and Robin Quinn, owners of Heise Hot Springs.

“Friday evening, Heise Hot Springs experienced a tragic loss. Mike and Robin Quinn have been confirmed deceased by members of the Heise family,” a family member says in a statement to “Their private plane crashed shortly after takeoff in Jackpot, Nevada. No other details are available at this time. The family thanks you for your support.”

Mike had been a pilot for 40 years, and the couple frequently flew into Jackpot for a night of dinner and entertainment, family members say.

Sgt. Nick Czegledi with Elko County, Nevada Sheriff’s Office says the couple took off from the Jackpot airport in a Grumman AA5B Tiger around 5:40 p.m. Friday on their way back to Idaho. Shortly after takeoff, Mike made a left turn to the east, lost altitude and crashed.

The plane burst into flames when it landed. The cause of the crash has still not been determined. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are on their way to conduct an investigation.

Czegeldi says crashes like this are a common occurrence at the airport and his heart goes out to the family.

“This gentleman flies in and out of there frequently with his wife,” Czegeldi says. “My heart goes out to the family.”

Kelsey Schlenker, Mike and Robin’s daughter, paid tribute to her parents in a Facebook post Saturday morning.

“My parents have always been outgoing and doing random things spur of the moment. Mike has been flying since he was 29. They randomly took trips to Jackpot to have dinner and some entertainment for the evening. They decided to this yesterday,” she wrote. “I lost both of my parents last night. I will be forever grateful for his kindness and love he had toward me. Mike wasn’t my biological father, but he sure treated me like I was his own blood, for that I will be forever thankful. My mom Robin was the most selfless person I have ever met. She would do anything for anyone whenever possible. I hope to someday be just like her.”

The family is grateful for the community’s support, but asks that you respect their privacy during this time of mourning.

Original article can be found here ➤

JACKPOT, Nevada (KOLO)-- Two people died Friday when a Grumman AA5B Tiger crashed in a field near the Jackpot, Neada, airport in northeast Elko County just after takeoff, authorities said.

The man and the woman were from Idaho and the Elko County Sheriff’s Office will not release other identifying information until their identities are confirm, Sgt. Nick Czegledi said.

The airport appears to have taken off to the south, then banked to the east and crashed at about 5:39 p.m., Czegledi said. The two were the only people on the airplane and they died on impact, Czegledi said.

The cause of the crash was not known.

It appears the airplane was heading to Idaho.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.

Jackpot is on U.S. 93 at the Idaho-Nevada border, about 67 miles north of Wells.

Original article can be found here ➤

JACKPOT (AP) — Authorities say two people were killed when a light plane crashed and burned after taking off from a small northeastern Nevada airport near the border with Idaho.

Elko County sheriff’s Sgt. Nick Czegledi said the identities of those killed in the crash late Friday near Jackpot weren’t being released pending confirmation through autopsies.

However, the Idaho State Journal reported that the victims were Mike and Robin Quinn of Heise, owners of the Heise Hot Springs in Ririe.

The newspaper reported that a Facebook post from the couple's daughter identified the victims. The resort has been in the Quinn family since 1942, according to the Post Register archives.

Czegledi said a witness said the plane took off to the south and then banked hard to the east before losing altitude before crashing.

He said National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration officials were expected to arrive in the area to investigate the crash.

Jackpot is on U.S. 93 and 41 miles south of Twin Falls, Idaho.

A month ago, a Twin Falls pilot was forced to make an emergency landing after taking off from the airport due to a snowstorm.

Pilot Darrell Schmidt told authorities he was forced to land because of the sudden change in the weather.

That incident on October 19th was initially reported as a plane crash.

Friday’s crash was the first plane fatality in Elko County since January 2018, when a 26-year-old pilot from Mississippi crashed into the Ruby Mountains while traveling from California to Utah.

The pilot had reported ice on the aircraft. It took authorities 10 days to reach the remote location near Pearl Peak.

Prior to that incident, four people were killed in November 2016 when an American Medflight plane crashed into an Elko parking lot after taking off with a patient on a planned flight to Salt Lake City.

The cause of that crash was officially undetermined, according to the National Transportation Safety Board, but an investigation revealed that there were three issues involving the left engine over six weeks prior to the crash.


Jim said...

"Crashes like this are a common occurrence at this airport" Really?

Anonymous said...

I did an NTSB search on Jackpot airport, 06U. In the past twenty years there have been seven accidents, two of which were fatal. One involved a Mooney that departed on a moonless night and flew straight into a mountain. The other was an RV-6 that pitched up after a low pass and stalled straight in. This isn't exactly what I'd call a hazardous airport by any stretch of the imagination.