Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Rans S-6ES Coyote II, N644RS: Accident occurred July 12, 2020 in Richland, Benton County, Washington

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Spokane, Washington


NTSB Identification: WPR20CA218
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, July 12, 2020 in Richland, WA
Aircraft: RANS S6, registration: N644RS

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances.

Date: 12-JUL-20
Time: 19:00:00Z
Regis#: N644RS
Aircraft Make: RANS
Aircraft Model: S6
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91

A small plane crashed on the Hanford nuclear reservation around noon Sunday when it flew too low trying to look at the site’s elk herd.

The two people on the single-engine plane were not hurt, said the Benton County Sheriff’s Office Facebook post.

The pilot was David Lake, 48, of Yakima, and the passenger was Leon Hudon, 87 of Wapato.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the plane was a Rans S-6ES Coyote II.

Lake and Hudon told officials they were checking out the elk in the area, got too low and a gust of wind caught the plane, causing it to veer into the ground at the base of Rattlesnake Mountain.

One of the wheels came off when it hit the ground and then the nose hit the ground, according to the sheriff’s office.


Benton County Sheriff's Office

Our office responded to the Hanford site this afternoon reference a single-engine plane that had crashed at the base of Rattlesnake Mountain. The two occupants of the plane were uninjured in the incident, but the plane was heavily damaged. From their statements, the occupants were checking out the Elk in the area, got too low and a gust of wind caught the plane causing it to veer into the ground. Notifications were made to the FAA and Hanford Patrol. Our office will be handling the collection of information and assisted by Wildlife Fish and Game with photos. Due to the ongoing investigation, we are not releasing any names at this time. From those involved it does appear to be an accident at this time and does not appear to be impairment related.

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