Wednesday, April 08, 2020

Kolb Firestar II, N90KL: Fatal accident occurred April 06, 2020 near Daybreak Airport (WA46), Clark County, Washington

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Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances.

Date: 06-APR-20
Time: 16:15:00Z
Regis#: N90KL
Aircraft Make: KOLB
Aircraft Model: FIRESTAR
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Total Fatal: 1
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office has identified the pilot killed in a Kolb Firestar II ultralight plane crash on Monday as 58-year-old Quin T. Banta. 

Banta is a Clark County resident with a Federal Aviation Administration student pilot certificate, the sheriff’s office said in a news release. 

Deputies determined that Banta took off from Grove Field in Camas earlier Monday. It’s still unknown why his aircraft crashed near Daybreak Airport, a private airstrip in north Clark County.

“According to witnesses, it did not appear that Banta’s airplane was in the process of landing or taking off,” the sheriff’s office said.

Clark County Fire & Rescue Chief John Nohr previously told The Columbian that it seemed like the plane impacted straight into the ground.

The crash was reported about 9:20 a.m. near Daybreak Airport, near the 4100 block of Northeast JA Moore Road between Battle Ground and La Center. A witness reported that the craft had come down near power lines west of the airstrip.

Emergency crews and deputies located the plane crashed several hundred yards from the runway in some brush alongside the East Fork of the Lewis River, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office.  Banta was pronounced dead at the scene.

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