Sunday, November 24, 2019

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

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

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Jackpot, NV
Accident Number: WPR20FA031
Date & Time: 11/22/2019, 1834 PST
Registration: N310PD
Aircraft: Grumman AA5
Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On November 22, 2019, about 1834 Pacific standard time, a Grumman AA-5B Tiger airplane, N310PD, impacted terrain near Jackpot, Nevada. The commercial pilot and passenger were fatally injured and the airplane was destroyed. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulation Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a flight plan was not filed for the cross-country flight, which originated at 1834 and was destined for Rexburg, Idaho.

According to a witness, who was located at a residence adjacent to the airport, he observed the airplane lift off from the runway and begin an immediate turn to the left. In his experience watching airplanes depart from this airport, the airplane was at an unusually low altitude when it began the turn. The witness then looked away while the airplane was turning and immediately heard a loud explosion. He immediately looked back in the direction of the airport and observed a fire.

The airplane came to rest inverted in a level hay field about one quarter nautical mile east of the departure end of runway 15 on a heading of about 095° magnetic. All major components were found at the accident site. The initial impact point was marked by an 18 inch-long by 36 inch-wide ground scar at the beginning of the debris path, which was 276 ft long and oriented on a heading of 212° magnetic. The wreckage was fragmented and numerous components were distributed along the energy path, which terminated at the main wreckage and was consumed by postcrash fire.

The airplane was recovered to a secure location for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Grumman
Registration: N310PD
Model/Series: AA5 B
Aircraft Category:Airplane 
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: KTWF
Observation Time:
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point:
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction:
Lowest Ceiling:
Altimeter Setting:
Type of Flight Plan Filed: Unknown
Departure Point: Jackpot, NV (KPT)
Destination: Rexburg, ID (RXE)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: Unknown
Total Injuries: 2 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 41.967778, -114.646111 (est)

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 

Robin Lee (Hauck) Quinn
June 9, 1960 ~ November 22, 2019 (age 59)

Robin Lee Quinn, 59, of Ririe, along with her husband, Mike, passed away November 22, 2019, in Jackpot, Nevada, from injuries sustained in an airplane accident.

Robin was born June 9, 1960, in Bismarck, North Dakota, to Leo Hauck and Arlena Sayler Hauck. She grew up on a dairy farm and attended school at Wishek Public School, graduating from Wishek High School. She went on to college in Rapid City, South Dakota. 

In November 1980, she married Anthony B Schlenker at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Idaho Falls. They were blessed with two daughters, Justene and Kelsey. They made their home in Idaho Falls, Idaho, where Robin worked as a server at several restaurants in town. Following her time in Idaho Falls, she worked for The Bank of Commerce in Ririe, Idaho. Anthony passed away on March 7, 2001.

In May 2003, Robin married Mike Quinn at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Idaho Falls. Robin and Mike made their home in Ririe, Idaho. Robin managed many aspects of Heise over the years, most recently operating the Pizza Parlor with the same dedication and passion for leading that she showed in all aspects of her life. 

She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church. She enjoyed meeting with her girlfriends and playing cards once a month, working out at Orangetheory Fitness, and had recently taken up tennis lessons with Mike. She also loved traveling with her husband, sewing, gardening, and spending time with her children and grandchildren. She loved nothing more than being with family and was always the instigator of laughs and fun times at any family gathering.   

Robin is survived by her loving daughters, Justene Lee Schlenker and Kelsey Pauline Schlenker, both of Idaho Falls; step-daughters, Cathi (Dave) Quinn-Minami of Maui, HI, and Kate (Josh) Schroeder of Heise, ID; step-son, Robi (Lori) Quinn of Heise, ID; father, Leo Hauck of Wishek, ND; brothers, Randy (Daphne) Hauck of Bismarck, ND, Ritchie (Terrie) Hauck of Richlands, NC, Dennis (Stephan Michaud) Hauck of Minneapolis, MN; sister, Rachel (B.J.) Johnson of Chesapeake, VA; 1 grandchild, Jaydon Anthony Putnam of Idaho Falls; 8 step-grandchildren, Eric (Marisa) Quinn, Ashlee, Abbey and Annie Quinn, Kati Kai (Ryan) Engle, Cali Minami, Kaia and Finley Schroeder; and one great grandchild, Hazel Elaine Quinn. She was preceded in death by her mother, Arlena Hauck, and her first husband, Anthony B Schlenker.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 7, 2019, at the Idaho Falls Civic Auditorium (501 S. Holmes). The family will visit with friends on Friday, December 6, 2019, from 6-8 p.m. at Wood Funeral Home East Side (963 S. Ammon Road). Burial will be held immediately after the services in the Ririe-Shelton Cemetery.

Michael (Mike) Merrill Quinn
February 12, 1941 ~ November 22, 2019 (age 78)

Michael Merrill Quinn, 78, of Ririe, along with his wife, Robin, passed away November 22, 2019, in Jackpot, Nevada, from injuries sustained in an airplane accident.

Mike was born February 12, 1941, in Idaho Falls, Idaho, to Robert Merrill Quinn and Elsie Frey Quinn. He grew up at Heise and attended schools in Ririe and Hollister, California. He graduated from Ririe High School and attended Ricks College. 

In 1962, he married Elaine Ashment. They were blessed with four children: Robi, Cathi, Chris, and Kate. Elaine passed away on August 15, 2001. In 2003, Mike married Robin Schlenker. Mike and Robin made their home at Heise Hot Springs. While owning and operating Heise consumed the majority of his life, Mike knew how to play better than most. He enjoyed motorbikes, guns, traveling, water/snow sports, fishing, reading, learning...too many interests to count. He particularly loved to fly, but above all, enjoyed being in the company of his good friends. His biggest accomplishment was the legacy of  Heise Hot Springs and all that it provided for the community.

Mike is survived by his eldest son, Robi (Lori) Quinn of Heise, ID; daughter, Cathi (Dave) Quinn-Minami of Maui, HI; daughter, Kate (Josh) Schroeder of Heise, ID; step-daughters, Justene and Kelsey Schlenker, both of Idaho Falls, ID; brother, Joel (Hoa) Quinn of West Jordan, UT; sister, Susan (Harold) Sermon of Heise, ID; 9 grandchildren, Eric (Marisa) Quinn, Ashlee, Abbey, and Annie Quinn, Kati Kai (Ryan) Engle, Cali Minami, Kaia and Finley Schroeder, and Jaydon Putnam; and great-granddaughter, Hazel Elaine Quinn.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Elaine Ashment Quinn; son, Chris Quinn; parents, Elsie and Robert Quinn; sister, Carolyn Helm; brother, Robert D. Quinn; and sister, Mary Crowther.

Included among his loved ones are James (Janean) Osmond, of Idaho Falls, ID, and Brennan (Angela) Reed, along with their sons, Channing and Diesel, of Ririe, ID. Mike was very much family to them all. The Reeds spent the past 14 years helping him run things at Heise, and James is Mike’s nephew, who had the unique privilege of being--for lack of a better word--his indentured servant at Heise longer than anyone else. 

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 7, 2019, at the Idaho Falls Civic Auditorium (501 S. Holmes). The family will visit with friends on Friday, December 6, 2019, from 6-8 p.m. at Wood Funeral Home East Side (963 S. Ammon Road). Burial for immediate family will be in the Heise Cemetery, following the interment for Robin at the Ririe-Shelton Cemetery.

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.


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

  2. 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.