Sunday, July 12, 2020

Cessna 172N Skyhawk II, N6328D: Fatal accident occurred July 07, 2020 near South Lake Tahoe Airport (KTVL), El Dorado County, California

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; Reno

Location: Lake Tahoe, CA
Accident Number: WPR20LA212
Date & Time: 07/07/2020, 1523 PDT
Registration: N6328D
Aircraft: Cessna 172
Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On July 7, 2020, about 1523 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna 172N airplane, N6328D, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near South Lake Tahoe, California. The pilot sustained fatal injuries; the passenger sustained serious injuries to which she succumbed to 5 days later. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The airplane departed Lake Tahoe Airport (TVL) South Lake Tahoe, California, shortly before the accident. A witness observed the airplane flying at about 200 ft above ground level and heard the engine producing a sputtering sound consistent with losing and gaining power. The left wing tip struck a tree and the airplane aggressively yawed while continuing to fly low in a southerly direction until it disappeared from the witness's line of sight. The airplane wreckage was discovered about 2.5 nautical miles southwest of the departure end of runway 18. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N6328D
Model/Series: 172 N
Aircraft Category:Airplane 
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

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Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Fatal
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Cmdr. Christopher Joas
Naval Air Station Fallon 

Naval Air Station Fallon on Monday released the name of a medical officer who was killed Tuesday in a single-engine airplane crash in South Lake Tahoe Basin.

The passenger who was airlifted from the scene also died at a regional hospital.

NAS spokesman Zip Upham said Cmdr. Christopher Joas, 53, died when the plane he was piloting crashed in a wooded area near the community of Meyers. Joas was assigned to the Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Center at Fallon on June 30, 2017 as the senior flight surgeon, and according to Upham,  he was scheduled to leave Fallon in less than a month and report to Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California. 

According to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, deputies found the Cessna 172N Skyhawk II July 7 crumpled and upside down in a wooded area with two people on board. The sheriff’s department reported the pilot died at the scene, and another passenger was airlifted in critical condition to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno where she later died.

The Washoe County Medical Examiner identified the passenger Monday afternoon as Margaret McGuire, 51, who had recently owned the 8 Pieces of 8 Fine Jewelry on South Taylor Street in Fallon, Nevada. 

The Fallon Chamber of Commerce said McGuire, who was known as Peggy on her Facebook page, closed her business in May and relocated to Reno. 

The crash occurred off California State Route 89 near several homes. There was no fire associated with the crash. The ECSO said it has been in contact with the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board, who will be conducting an investigation into the cause of the crash.  

Upham said Joas came to Fallon from Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake where he was a flight physician and flight surgeon for VX-9, Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Nine (AIRTEVRON NINE, The Vampires). During his tour in Fallon, Upham said Joas was involved with the Longhorns Search and Rescue and accompanied the crew for training and provided medical assistance.

The Washoe County Medical Examiner's Office has identified one of two people who died in a plane crash southwest of Lake Tahoe Airport on July 7th. 

The ME's Office says Margaret McGuire died of injuries she suffered in the plane crash. Authorities still have not identified the first person. 

The FAA said the  Cessna 172N Skyhawk II airplane crashed in a field two miles southwest of the airport near Meyers just before 3:30 p.m. on July 7th. 

Officials with El Dorado County Sheriff's Office said when deputies arrived, one person was found dead and the other was taken to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno. 

The small plane was found upside down in a wooded area. 

The FAA and the NTSB are investigating.

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE (CBS13) — A pilot is dead and his passenger is recovering after a small plane crash in Meyers.

Witnesses say the plane had taken off just minutes earlier from the South Lake Tahoe Airport and had seemed to be having trouble gaining altitude.

The crash happened just minutes after takeoff. The twisted body of the Cessna 172N Skyhawk II plane now sits upside down, wedged between rocks and trees. Its wheels can be seen sticking straight up. Its propeller is missing.

Investigators could be seen inside a crash site perimeter inspecting the area where the plane dropped out of the sky.

“We couldn’t see it right away,” Meyers resident Tom Lueder said.

Lueder is a retired firefighter who lives about 100 yards from where the plane crash-landed. He was one of the first to reach the pilot and his passenger.

“The window on the door had flipped open so I could see her upside down,” Lueder said. “Both were both harnessed in and they were upside down.”

Lueder says the male pilot was unresponsive. The female passenger was able to talk.

“It’s a tragic situation,” Lueder said. “She came out. She was talking, and I don’t know what her status is.”

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office reports the passenger received major injuries.

The area where the plane crashed is dotted with cabins and lined with dirt trails for hikers and bikers. The pilot managed to avoid hitting any people on the ground when the plane went down.

The FAA and NTSB are investigating the crash.

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