Saturday, January 18, 2020

Cessna T310P, N5805M: Fatal accident occurred January 15, 2020 near Ogden-Hinckley Airport (KOGD), Weber County, Utah

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.

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

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Salt Lake City, Utah
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas
Continental Aerospace Technologies; Mobile, Alabama

Location: Roy, UT
Accident Number: WPR20FA065
Date & Time: 01/15/2020, 1511 MST
Registration: N5805M
Aircraft: Cessna T310
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On January 15, 2020, about 1511 mountain standard time, a Cessna T-310P airplane, N5805M, impacted terrain near Roy, Utah, while on approach to Ogden Airport (OGD), Ogden, Utah. The commercial pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to S.A.C. Industries LLC and operated by Goode Ski Technologies as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local flight that originated from Skypark Airport (BTF), Bountiful, Utah, at 1500 and was destined for OGD.

According to OGD air traffic control tower (ATCT) personnel, the pilot checked in with the tower when the airplane was about 9 miles south of OGD. The pilot reported that he was inbound from BTF, and requested a full-stop landing. Subsequently, the controller obtained clearance for the pilot to transition into Hill Air Force Base (HIF) airspace for the approach. About 2 miles from the airport, the pilot reported that he was 2 miles out and the controller cleared the pilot for landing on runway 35. The pilot read back the instruction to the controller. According to the controller, at this point, the communication between the pilot and the controller was reported as normal. The controller used his binoculars to view the airplane and verify that the airplane's landing gear was down for the landing. While viewing the airplane, he saw the airplane initiate a steep left banking turn, followed by a steep bank to the right while losing altitude, after which the controller lost sight of the airplane. A short inaudible sound was made over the radio. No further communication from the pilot was reported.

Several witnesses reported that they saw the airplane and noticed how slow it seemed to be when it was flying northbound, parallel, over the interstate highway I-15. An eyewitness who was in a store adjacent to the interstate, and about 1-1/2 miles south of OGD, heard the airplane while inside the store and went outside to get a better view. The witness described the sound as "popping," and he thought that one of the engines was trying to be restarted. The witness reported that the airplane was flying northbound above the interstate at about 150 ft to 200 ft above the ground, and that the landing gear and the flaps were extended. A second eyewitness at the same location took a photo as the airplane flew overhead (Figure 1). As the first eyewitness watched the airplane continue to fly north and away from his location, he saw that the airplane was "crabbing" to the left and that it seemed to be struggling to stay airborne. While it was crabbing, he could see the left side of the airplane's fuselage, and noticed that the tail section seemed to be lower than normal. Subsequently, the airplane's left wing dropped, the airplane momentarily stabilized, and the left wing dropped again, banking the airplane further to the left. The airplane crossed to the other side of the interstate, where the nose dropped, and where he soon lost sight of it.

Figure 1. Photo of Accident Airplane Taken by Eyewitness 

A forward-facing car dash camera in an automobile driving northwest on a road paralleling the interstate, captured the airplane as it was flying northbound, paralleling the interstate. The airplane was flying away from the camera, appeared to be about 150 ft above the ground, with the wings level and the landing gear extended.

A doorbell surveillance camera captured the airplane in a nose-down, left wing down attitude, about 50 ft above the ground prior to the accident sequence. A fire explosion was visible during the accident sequence from other doorbell cameras in the neighborhood.

Examination of the accident site revealed that the first identified point of contact was the southwest corner of a roof of a townhome complex. The debris field continued at the front yard of the same townhome and along the street. The debris field was about 135 ft long and on a directional heading of about 210o magnetic. The left wing tip tank was found embedded in the roof of the townhome. A 20 ft tall tree near the townhome was damaged and sections were found throughout the debris field. The main wreckage was found along the street where it came to rest upright on a rock retaining wall. The main wreckage had impact and fire damage, with the cabin area mostly consumed by fire. The engines were found separated from their mounts, but remained attached to the airframe by cables and tubing. The wreckage was recovered to a secure facility for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N5805M
Model/Series: T310 P
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Goode Ski Technologies
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KOGD, 4439 ft msl
Observation Time: 1553 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: -7°C / -13°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / , 180°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.17 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Bountiful, UT (BTF)
Destination: Ogden, UT (OGD) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: Unknown
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 41.195000, -112.012222 (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 

David Paul Goode
August 7, 1955 ~ January 15, 2020 (age 64)

David Paul Goode, founder and president of Ogden-based GOODE Ski Technologies, died Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, while taking part in one of his many passions, piloting his airplane.

Dave had a distinguished career in both the snow and water ski industries as a creative innovator of carbon-based products that brought cutting-edge advancements to both sports.

Dave was raised in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, where he attended Andover High School, graduating in 1973.  At age 19, Dave achieved his dream of joining the U.S. Ski Team.  After suffering a serious ankle injury, Dave focused his energy on design improvements to snow ski products and founded his first company, SAC, a ski accessory company.  He soon received his first patent, the first of twenty in his lifetime, for the Racer Spacer and began traveling around the country selling his products from his van, selling over one million units in the first year.  He next began working on improvements to ski poles, where his design concepts and use of advanced materials revolutionized the product.  Today, GOODE ski poles continue to hold a third of the retail market and half of the rental market. 

Dave then combined what he learned in the snow ski industry with his passion for water skiing to introduce the world’s first carbon-fiber water ski.  Within a few years of entering the market, Dave’s skis held both the Men’s and Women’s world slalom records, and have held a world record continuously for over twenty years.  A sponsor of water ski events and athletes around the world, Dave and his company have been a consistent influence in, and supporter of, the sport.  While serving as the title sponsor of the GOODE U.S. Water Ski National Championships for over 20 years, GOODE water skis have won more national slalom titles than all other manufacturers combined.

In 1999, Dave married the love of his life, Dawn Itin, and in 2004, they moved GOODE Ski Technologies to Ogden, Utah, where they set about expanding the company.  Dave and Dawn immediately immersed themselves in the community, helping to transform Ogden into the outdoor industry hub that it is today. 

A 2014 USA Water Ski Hall of Fame Award Distinction recipient, and a member of the Michigan Water Ski Hall of Fame, Dave was an accomplished international competitor in both water skiing and snow skiing, most recently winning the downhill event at the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Alpine Masters National Speed Series, and a bronze medal in trick skiing at the Senior Pan American Water Ski Championships.

A quick friend and generous mentor, Dave will be remembered for his kindness and endless support to many.

Dave is survived by his beloved wife, Dawn, his parents Paul and Mimi Goode, one sister; Barb Drndak (John),  his children Michael David Goode and Lisa Goode McHugh (John), his stepchildren Whitney Hebard Felkl (Hans) and Gregory Robert Hebard (Adrianna), and his granddaughters Maple Julia McHugh and Sunny Elizabeth Hebard, with a new addition on its way. .

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, March 14, 2020 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Snowbasin Ski Resort in Earll's Lodge.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that in memory of Dave, donations be made to The Barrow Neurological Institute and The Community Foundation of Ogden Valley

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Leavitt’s Mortuary

Condolences may be sent to the family at

ROY — David Goode, killed in the crash in Roy of the small plane he was piloting, didn't just make snow skis and water skis.

Friends who used the equipment made by his company, Ogden-based Goode Ski Technologies, say his developments were transformational, at least in water skiing.

"He was just one of those guys who was tweaking things and chasing things," said Chad Scott, a friend from Covington, Louisiana, who knew him from the competitive water-skiing circuit. "The guy was just a magical mind when it came to innovation."

More broadly, his decision to relocate his company from Michigan to 2450 Wall Ave. in Ogden in 2004 helped create an industry here in Weber County.

"He was one of the first pioneers that helped pave the way for Ogden becoming a hub for the outdoor recreation industry," said Sara Toliver, president of Visit Ogden, the nonprofit organization that promotes tourism in Weber County. Now, Ogden and the area are home to several companies that make cycling and skiing gear.

Goode, 64, died Wednesday when the twin-engine Cessna he was operating crashed in a Roy neighborhood around 1800 W. 5025 South while approaching Ogden-Hinckley Airport. The craft clipped a home and the plane burned on impact, killing Goode, according to authorities. The National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating the crash.

It was the latest of several crashes of small planes over the years around the airport, and it prompted alarm from local leaders, who wonder if there's a larger issue at play behind the spate of incidents. More immediately, friends, acquaintances and others mourned the passing of Goode and remembered him as a passionate, innovative ski enthusiast and innovator.

"He was a pilot. He was a skier. He was an engineer... One of the reasons he moved here was to be part of the Ogden ski hub," said Greg Hebard, Goode's stepson. He said his stepdad started flying airplanes when he was 16, had logged over 10,000 hours of flying time and regularly used his plane for business and to travel to skiing competitions.

Aside from water skiing, he was an avid snow skier, frequenting the Snowbasin ski resort in the Huntsville area.

"Such a genuine, kind and lovely man. My heart goes out to his wife Dawn and their whole family," Davy Ratchford, Snowbasin's general manager, said in a tweet.

A statement posted on the Goode Ski Technologies website noted that flying his airplane was one of Goode's many passions. It also noted the impact he and his innovations had.

"Through his numerous technological advancements in both water skiing and snow skiing, and financial support of countless events and athletes in both sports, Dave touched the lives of thousands of people by helping them, and the sports they love, push the limits of performance," it reads.

Goode is survived by wife Dawn, four children, two granddaughters and his parents.


Beyond everything else, Goode was very adept at water and snow skiing, the Goode Ski Technologies statement noted.

"A 2014 USA Water Ski Hall of Fame Award of Distinction recipient and member of the Michigan Water Ski Hall of Fame, Dave was an accomplished international competitor in both sports, recently winning the downhill event at the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Alpine Masters National Speed Series and earning a bronze medal in trick skiing at the Pan American Senior Water Ski Championships," it read.

Friends like Scott and Chet Raley of Boca Raton, Florida, though, noted his ability to innovate and improve on the equipment in skiing, particularly water skiing. In the 1990s, Scott said, Goode transformed the water skiing industry by moving from fiberglass to carbon composites as a primary material. 

"He continued to innovate and research year after year after year," Raley said in a phone interview. "The world knew about Dave Goode. He's world famous and world loved."

Both Raley and Scott said they've been fielding phone calls from friends from around the world involved in water-skiing, saddened, like them, at Goode's death. "There will never be another Dave Goode," Raley said.

Closer to home, Goode worked with the city of Ogden and was integral in redeveloping the 21st Street pond. The water skiing venue was renamed Goode Ski Lake in 2008 in honor of his contributions.

"We have a huge amount of sympathy for Dave and his family right now. He was a major giant in this city for a lot of reasons and he will be missed," said Mark Johnson, chief administrative officer for Ogden.

Beyond his contributions to the evolution of skiing equipment, Toliver said Goode was a big Ogden booster, helping in the growth of the recreation industry here.

"He was just a real advocate for the community in that way," Toliver said. "His loss will be felt, for sure."

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ROY — A 64-year-old man was killed Wednesday afternoon when the small plane he piloted crashed into a residential building near 5000 S. Airport Road, according to authorities.

The man, later identified by police as David Goode, was the only occupant on board and no other injuries were reported in the incident, according to Roy Police Sgt. Matthew Gwynn.

Goode was the founder and president of Ogden-based Goode Ski Technologies, according to police.

Goode left the Bountiful airport at about 3 p.m. and was scheduled to land at Ogden-Hinckley Airport at 3:11 p.m., which is when witnesses reported the crash occurred, Gwynn said.

The plane's wing hit the rooftop of a townhome near 1817 W. 5075 South before it crashed into a residential parking lot, Gwynn said. The plane did not enter the inside of the townhome.

Police don't know the extent of the damage to the townhomes but Gwynn said there was some melted siding and fire damage to units.

The cause of the crash is unknown and the National Transportation Safety Board was responding to the incident, Gwynn said.

There have been four plane crashes within 1 mile of the area since July 2017, and one emergency landing.

Several witnesses reported seeing a big plume of black smoke shortly after the crash.

Adam Hensley witnessed the plane in the air before it crashed. He said he was northbound on I-15 at about 5600 South when he saw an orange-and-white plane flying low, about 200-300 feet off the ground.

“I could tell it was really struggling,” Hensley recalled.

He said the plane was banked left and moving forward, but it wasn’t flying straight.

“I could tell that the pilot was really trying to straighten out and balance the plane,” Hensley said.

Hensley followed the plane for about 2 or 3 miles and tried to stay behind it — he thought it would attempt to land on the interstate.

Suddenly, Hensley said he saw the plane pitch sharply left and travel a short distance before nose-diving straight down west of the highway. Hensley then saw an immediate explosion, he said.

While the plane was in the air, Hensley said he didn’t see any smoke.

In a statement released Wednesday evening, Goode Ski Technologies said Goode “touched the lives of thousands.”

“Through his numerous technological advancements in both water skiing and snow skiing, and financial support of countless events and athletes in both sports, Dave touched the lives of thousands of people by helping them, and the sports they love, push the limits of performance,” the statement reads.

Goode is survived by his parents, wife, four children and two granddaughters.

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