Sunday, July 12, 2020

Cessna 150H, N22393: Accident occurred July 08, 2020 in Port Orchard, Kitsap County, Washington

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 did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Des Moines, Washington 

Location: Port Orchard, WA
Accident Number: WPR20LA215
Date & Time: 07/08/2020, 1554 PDT
Registration: N22393
Aircraft: Cessna 150
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On July 8, 2020, at 1554 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna 150H airplane, N22393, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Port Orchard, Washington. The pilot was seriously injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 personal flight.

There were two witnesses to the accident, one near the approach end of the runway and one near the departure end. The airplane approached the airport from the east and entered the left traffic pattern for runway 02. One witness described final approach as unstabilized, high, and fast. The airplane continued to descend and when it was about ¼ of the way down the runway the airplane disappeared behind a berm. A few seconds later, the airplane came back to view and was at about 30 feet above ground level. The engine sounded as if it was at "full power" and one witness observed the flaps were still extended. The airplane appeared to be flying slowly and struggling to climb, as if it was "hanging onto a stall." The airplane began a right bank towards rising terrain and trees. The airplane's bank angle increased before the airplane impacted the trees in a "knife edge" attitude and dropped to the ground.

Both witnesses further reported that the airport has very tight margins and is a one-way airport. The north end of the runway is 50 feet higher than the south end; therefore, landings are limited to the north (uphill), and takeoffs to the south. Go-arounds are very difficult in all but high-performance aircraft.

The airplane has been recovered to a secure location for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Model/Series: 150 H
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: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: PWT, 444 ft msl
Observation Time: 1556 PDT
Distance from Accident Site: 8 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 20°C / 12°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , 210°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 4800 ft agl
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.08 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Bremerton, WA (PWT)
Destination: Port Orchard, WA (WN13)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries:N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 47.468056, -122.564444

SOUTH KITSAP – A small plane crashed near a private airstrip off Mullenix Road Wednesday, falling to the ground just feet away from a home on Genesis Lane.

One patient, the pilot, had to be extricated from the plane and was flown with unknown injuries to a local trauma facility, said South Kitsap Fire and Rescue Lt. Laine Desilets Wednesday evening. The crash occurred at about 4 p.m.

As of Thursday morning, the pilot was in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, a spokeswoman said.

Sgt. Ken Dickinson with the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office said when deputies arrived the plane was on fire and the pilot was still inside. A group of people were working to put out the flames by shoveling dirt and using fire extinguishers and water, he said.

"When we arrived here, we ran behind the house, found the airplane nosed in and numerous citizens were actively trying to extinguish the flames," he said. "The front of the engine compartment of the plane was on fire and we could see that the pilot was actually still inside the airplane. We arrived to find several citizens working feverishly to get the fire out."

Fire crews arrived a few minutes later and were able to extinguish the flames and pull the pilot out.

There was no indication that the plane struck the home, Dickinson said, estimating that it landed within 10 feet of the structure.

"They were very fortunate," he said.

The Federal Aviation Administration, which will investigate the crash, had been notified, Dickinson said.

Witnesses on the scene said the pilot appeared to be attempting a "go-around" landing at the strip when his plane struck trees on the east side of the nearby Fraola Cemetery. The private strip is owned by the local homeowners association.

James Drew was working across the street on a roof when he saw the plane hit the trees and go down. He jumped off the scaffolding and ran over to the plane, where he attempted to get the man out and help as part of the initial group. Flames pushed him back. Eventually, first responders arrived.

“There’s so many good neighbors around here,” he said. “The extent to which human beings will help each other out never ceases to amaze me.”

Neighbor MJ Dunlap was on the phone with his brother when he saw the plane flying at about 40 feet off the runway but didn't land.

"I pretty much knew he was not going to make it out of here," he said. "I told my brother, 'We’re going to have a plane crash.' I hung up, I jumped up and started running."

The plane struck the trees about 60 to 70 feet up, he estimated, noting that limbs slowed the plane's fall. He eventually sprayed the man with water from a hose in an attempt to soak him and put out the fire.

“'Help’s here, help’s on the way,'" he said, recalling what he said to the pilot trapped in the crash. "'Fire department’s been called, there is a fire, we’re going to protect you, stay with me.'”

Kitsap County Sheriff's Office
July 9th, 2020

Several citizens were using water, dirt and fire extinguishers in attempts to put out the fire at plane crash site on Genesis Lane (South Kitsap). The pilot was trapped inside the cockpit with severe injuries.

Several KCSO deputies arrived at the scene minutes later and working with our community members, were able to keep the fire at bay from the pilot until South Kitsap Fire and Rescue - Official Site personnel arrived. SKFR was able to fully extinguish the fire and begin life-saving rescue efforts. The pilot was extricated from the wreckage and flown to a trauma center for medical care.

We are extremely grateful for the citizens who came to the rescue during this emergency. We truly believe we live in a community that cares for others.

The Federal Aviation Administration soon arrived on the scene and will take over the investigation and release any updates.

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