Wednesday, January 08, 2020

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

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.

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

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

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

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)

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