Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Aviat A-1C-180 Husky, N298WY: Accident occurred August 10, 2020 in Grover, Lincoln County, Wyoming

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.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado

Aviat Aircraft Inc

Location: Grover, WY
Accident Number: WPR20CA266
Date & Time: August 10, 2020, 13:18 Local 
Registration: N298WY
Aircraft: Aviat A-1C-200
Injuries: N/A
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Flight test

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Aviat
Registration: N298WY
Model/Series: A-1C-200 Husky 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KAFO,6221 ft msl
Observation Time: 18:15 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 5 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 23°C /10°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 5 knots / , 320°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.2 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point:

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: N/A
Latitude, Longitude: 42.791667,-110.936668 (est)

Aviat Aircraft
On Monday August 10th, 2020 at approximately 1:30 PM, an Aviat Aircraft Inc, A-1C-200 was lost in an accident involving experimental flight testing. The pilot of the aircraft was forced to bail out and deployed his emergency parachute that resulted in a safe landing. Aviat Aircraft Inc is fully cooperating with the FAA and NTSB in their investigations into the incident. Aviat Aircraft Inc is also conducting an investigation into the event and will release more details at a later date.

A single-engine plane crash in Grover Monday afternoon left a pilot with minor injuries after he bailed out of the failed aircraft while still in flight, using a parachute to safely land.

Lincoln County Sheriff Shane Johnson said the plane went down in a field near County Road 130 in the Grover area and the pilot sustained minor back injuries after he landed with the aid of parachute. The incident has been turned over to the Federal Aviation Administration for review.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Star Valley EMS and Afton Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene. The fire department applied water to the crash site as a precaution, while several fire fighters combed the fields to find the downed pilot. Additional information is expected following the FAA review.

Original Story: Multiple calls came into the Lincoln County Dispatch Office at approximately 1:30 p.m. Monday August 10, reporting a plane crash in the Grover area.

According to initial reports, the pilot parachuted out of the plane prior to impact.

Multiple agencies responded to the call including the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department, the Star Valley EMS, the Afton Volunteer Fire Department and the Wyoming Highway Patrol.



  1. Enough altitude to bail out but not enough to recover from the spin?
    Interesting to hear why the pilot made this decision......

  2. Replies
    1. Looks like it hit flat, as in a flat spin.

  3. Also of interest is that the aircraft was registered to the manufacture. I’m assuming the pilot was a test pilot for them.

  4. Successful outcome in a high wing, flat spin, limited egress door! Done this before and will continue to collect pay checks! Husky replaceable, pilot not...

    1. I don't think they will certify this particular configurtion.

    2. Looks like the only ground marks are under the plane. It came straight down. Maybe Aviat should consider putting ejection seats in these.