Saturday, November 02, 2019

Piper PA-28R-180 Arrow, N4958J: Fatal accident occurred October 24, 2019

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident. 

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Shelter Cove, CA
Accident Number: WPR20FAMS1
Date & Time: 10/24/2019, 2100 PDT
Registration: N4958J
Aircraft: Piper PA28R
Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On October 24, 2019, about 2100 Pacific daylight time, N4958J, a Piper PA-28R-180, departed from the Shelter Cove Airport (0Q5), Shelter Cove, California, with a destination of Gnoss Field Airport (DVO), Novato, California. The airplane did not arrive in Novato and was reported overdue by family. The airplane is presumed to have crashed. The private pilot and passenger have not been located. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal cross-country flight. Dark night visual meteorological conditions prevailed in the area surrounding the accident flight and no flight plan had been filed.

According to witnesses, the pilot and passenger had departed from DVO about 1800 en route to 0Q5 for dinner with a planned return to DVO that same evening. A witness observed the airplane depart 0Q5 at 2100 and reported that the sky was "completely dark with no horizon."

On November 3, 2019, the search for the missing airplane was suspended; there was no wreckage debris located during the search.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), there were no preflight weather briefings or Air Traffic services provided to the pilot. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N4958J
Model/Series: PA28R 180
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/Dark
Observation Facility, Elevation: KUKI, 626 ft msl
Observation Time: 2056 PDT
Distance from Accident Site: 53 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 31°C / -9°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots / , Variable
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.05 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Shelter Cove, CA (0Q5)
Destination: Novato, CA (DVO)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Unknown
Passenger Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Fire: Unknown
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: Unknown
Total Injuries: 2 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 39.789167, -123.971111 (est)

Justin Winfrey

DAY 8 
November 01, 2019

Please keep sharing any tips you have that will contribute to our search here:

Today, the Execushield team, along with the family and friends of Kayla and Justin, established the #FindKandJ Search and Rescue command post in Fort Bragg, California. We have mobilized, and executed the following:

Chartered one (1) helicopter to perform an inland aerial search through Mendocino, California, Branscomb, California, Laytonville, California, Wheeler, California, Rockport, California, Westport, California, Inglenook, California, Cleone, California, and along the coastline. 

Chartered two (2) fixed planes to perform a coordinated aerial search from the coastline to five (5) miles off the coast, and two (2) miles inland to three (3) miles inland. 


Canvassed our most recent flyer across Mendocino, California, Petaluma, California, Hopland, California, Ukiah, California, Fort Bragg, California and various rest stops and campgrounds along the way.

A MASSIVE thank you to the entire Execushield team for their integrity, expertise and efforts. Additionally, thank you to San Francisco Police Department and Civil Air Patrol for their continued investigative efforts. You all are awesome! 

And again, we would like to thank EVERYONE who has contributed shares, prayers and donations to the #FindKandJ initiative. We have another big day ahead Saturday.

27-year-old Kayla Rodriguez, a delivery nurse at CPMC Mission Bernal Campus in San Francisco, told friends she was heading out on an adventure.  She and her friend and landlord, 43-year-old Justin Winfrey, were flying north to have dinner. The pair climbed on Winfrey's plane at Gnoss Field in Novato at around 6 p.m. on October 24th.

Friends and family of a missing nurse and her companion will hold a prayer service and vigil Sunday for the pair in San Francisco.

A plane carrying Justin Winfrey, a leader in San Francisco's African American community, and Kayla Rodriguez, a delivery nurse at CPMC Mission Bernal Campus, disappeared off radar over the Lost Coast in Mendocino County the night of October 24.

The two were last seen at the Gyppo Ale Mill restaurant in Shelter Cove, a small coastal town in Humboldt County. They were reportedly headed to the Brooktrails Airport near Willits.

Sheriff's officials say the plane dropped off radar at about 9:20 p.m. approximately five miles off the coast between Rockport and Wheeler. A Coast Guard search was discontinued due to bad weather and lack of resources.

The plane was piloted by Winfrey, who grew up in San Francisco and was described as a "beloved member of the community, known for his generosity."

"He loves to fly planes and would gladly take anyone from the community, many of whom had never been on an airplane, and give them a tour," according to Sam Singer, publicist for the service.

The vigil and prayer service and vigil will be led by the Rev. Amos C. Brown at 4 p.m. at Third Baptist Church, 1399 McAllister St., San Francisco. The public is invited to attend.

The purpose is to "encourage hope and to encourage local searchers to continue their quest, hopefully to find the couple alive," Singer said in a statement.

Original article can be found here ➤

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