Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Luscombe 8A, N77875: Accident occurred February 12, 2020

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland, Oregon

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Unknown, United States
Accident Number: WPR20FAMS2
Date & Time: 02/12/2020, PST
Registration: N77875
Aircraft: Luscombe 8
Injuries: N/A
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On February 12, 2020, about 1600 Pacific standard time, a Luscombe 8A airplane, N77875, departed Columbia Gorge Regional Airport (KDLS), The Dalles Port, Washington, en route to an unknown destination. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed; no flight plan was filed. The airplane has not been located and is presumed to have crashed in the Pacific Ocean.

On February 14, 2020, approximately 1205, a family member reported the pilot and airplane missing. Later that day, a Federal Aviation Administration Alert Notice (ALNOT) was issued and a search for the pilot and airplane commenced. The search was conducted by the Civil Air Patrol, U.S. Coast Guard, Klickitat County Sheriff's Office and Lane County Sheriff's Office.

The missing pilot and airplane were not located, and on February 15, 2020, land and sea-based searches were suspended. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Luscombe
Registration: N77875
Model/Series: 8 A
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Mark L Morantes
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KDLS, 246 ft msl
Observation Time: 1600 PDT
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point:
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 
Lowest Ceiling:
Altimeter Setting:
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: The Dalles, OR (DLS)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Damage: Unknown
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: Unknown
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: Unknown
Total Injuries: N/A
Latitude, Longitude: 45.614722, -121.146944

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