Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Cessna 172N Skyhawk, N73707: Accident occurred January 20, 2020 at Sunriver Airport (S21), Deschutes County, Oregon

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland, Oregon

Leading Edge Aviation Inc


NTSB Identification: WPR20CA071
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Monday, January 20, 2020 in Sun River, OR
Aircraft: Cessna 172, registration: N73707

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Aircraft flipped into snowbank on landing.

Date: 20-JAN-20
Time: 20:25:00Z
Regis#: N73707
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

SUNRIVER — A small airplane crashed Monday at the Sunriver Airport, but the pilot and passenger, both from Bend, were uninjured and walked away from the crash.

The pilot was a student with Leading Edge Flight Academy, said Brandon Wright, the Sunriver Airport manager. He said he did not know whether the passenger was also a student.

“He tried to land here and had some issues,” Wright said.

Wright said he did not know the name of the pilot.

A report of the crash came in at about 12:40 p.m. The plane, a Cessna 172, could be seen upside-down next to the icy runway at the airport. Sunriver Police Department said the crash occurred as the plane was landing.

The airport closed shortly after the incident, but reopened around 3 p.m.

Only a small fuel leak was reported, but was contained shortly after the crash, Wright said.

Story and video ➤ https://www.bendbulletin.com

SUNRIVER, Oregon (KTVZ) — Two licensed pilots on a training flight escaped injury Monday afternoon in the crash of a small plane that was landing at Sunriver Airport, officials said.

The crash, reported around 12:40 p.m., left the single-engine plane on its top in the snow beside the runway at the resort’s airport, Sunriver Fire Department officials said.

The crash led to a small fuel leak that was contained.

The Cessna 172, which received its airworthiness certificate in 1976, is registered to Leading Edge Aviation, a pilot training facility located at Bend Airport, according to FAA records.

Officials told NewsChannel 21 on scene that the pilot apparently was attempting a left-turn maneuver shortly before landing, was unable to re-correct and landed in the snow bank beside the runway, where the plane flipped over, sustaining considerable damage to its wings.

The airport was closed after the crash, while crews worked to remove the plane from the snow bank. It reopened around 3 p.m.

Jack Walker, executive vice president of Leading Edge, said their investigation is just starting but that “our main concern is, he’s safe, the passenger is safe.” 

Walker said both are Bend residents and licensed pilots who were on a training flight. “The plane is in Sunriver until further notice, he added.

Story and video ➤ https://ktvz.com

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