Friday, August 28, 2020

Beechcraft A36 Bonanza, N1550G: Fatal accident occurred August 27, 2020 near Benton Field Airport (O85), Redding, Shasta 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; Sacramento, California

Location: Redding, CA
Accident Number: WPR20LA289
Date & Time: 08/27/2020, 0630 PDT
Registration: N1550G
Aircraft: Beech A36
Injuries: 2 Fatal, 2 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On August 27, 2020, about 0630 Pacific daylight time, a Beech A36, N1550G, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near the Benton Field Airport (O85), Redding, California. The pilot and one passenger sustained fatal injuries, and two passengers sustained serious injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations 91 personal flight.

A witness, who was a rated pilot, located on O85, reported that the airplane was departing from runway 33, when it appeared to have "rotated too soon." The witness stated that the airplane became airborne briefly and immediately settled onto the runway before it became airborne a second time. The airplane subsequently touched down slightly beyond the departure end of the runway, crossed a road, and impacted trees, where a post impact fire ensued.

Examination of the accident site by local law enforcement revealed that the airplane came to rest down an embankment and was mostly consumed by fire. All major structural components of the airplane were located within the vicinity of the main wreckage. The wreckage was relocated to a secure location for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make:Beech 
Registration: N1550G
Model/Series: A36
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: KRDD, 497 ft msl
Observation Time: 1353 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 6 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 20°C / 15°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 3200 ft agl
Visibility:  4 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.79 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Redding, CA (O85)
Destination: Puyallup, WA (PLU) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 1 Fatal, 2 Serious
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion:None 
Total Injuries: 2 Fatal, 2 Serious
Latitude, Longitude:  40.573611, -122.407222 (est)

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Mike Garrett

REDDING, California — Friends of the victim confirmed that Redding businessman, Mike Garrett, was one of the people killed in the plane crash that happened Thursday morning near the Benton Airpark.

Mike Garrett was a well-known member of Redding's business community and friends who spent time flying with him say he was an incredible person who had a big impact on the close-knit flying community.

Garrett was passionate about flying and it was a passion he shared with his pilot friends like Ron Lim of Redding

"[The] greatest person. Everybody loved Mike. There are so many friends and family here [in Redding] and at their house and a lot of support. And yeah... he's just a great guy. It's sad," Lim said. "He flew with me and loved it and went on to his license."

Lim described Garrett as a much-loved friend, father, and husband.

Garrett was the owner of Heavenly Donuts in Redding.

One other person in the plane died and two people were taken to the hospital.

A Beechcraft A36 Bonanza with four people onboard crashed Thursday morning in west Redding across from Benton Airpark, authorities said.

Two people onboard were killed and two were injured in the crash, Lt. Brian Cole of the Redding Police Department said. One of the people killed was identified late Thursday afternoon as Mike Garrett, owner of Heavenly Donuts in Redding.

“We initially got calls from citizens about a possible plane crash or explosion on the north side of Benton Airpark down into this hillside. There were four people on the plane, two of them were taken to Mercy Medical Center for significant injuries and we have two individuals that are deceased,” Cole said Thursday morning.

Cole said the four people onboard were adults.

"We have no knowledge of the gender at this point," he said. "The (Shasta County) Coroner’s office is doing a next-of-kin notification and then we’ll put out a press release later. But we won’t have that until the families have been notified.”

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said the plane crashed into a ravine around 6:45 a.m. after taking off from the airport.

Debra Fox, a close friend of the Garrett family, said Mike is survived by his wife, Katie, and sons Trevor and Nathan.

Authorities at this point do not know what caused the crash.

“We don’t have any information right now and I would imagine it would be awhile,” Cole said.

Firefighters put out a half-acre vegetation fire that started where the aircraft went down.

Neighbor Charlene Williams was inside her house on Placer Street when the crash happened.

"I was sitting on the couch and I heard this big crash and I had to run and put some clothes on because I wasn’t dressed yet and then I came out and I saw giant pillars of smoke and fire and everybody pulling up," Williams said.

Gregor said the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating the crash.

"The FAA will release the tail number of the aircraft after investigators verify it at the accident site," Gregor said.

The NTSB will not be going to Redding to investigate crash, rather the agency will work with local authorities to gather information, NTSB spokesman Terry Williams said.

"We understand there were several witnesses and we will be working on gathering statements from them," Williams said.

Placer Street was closed in both both directions at Pleasant Street and Airpark Drive but has since re-opened to one-way traffic each way, according to authorities.

The last major crash at Benton Airpark occurred nearly two years ago when a man and his dog were killed when his Cessna 150 crashed in a canyon just north of the airport.

The deadly crash happened on Aug. 29, 2018, after the plane had taken off on a Wednesday morning.

The pilot killed in the crash was later identified as Richard Joseph Engel, 71, of Shingletown.



  2. Cessna 150 N6198T has been registered to Mr. Garrett since 2004.

  3. Is keith e. Andrews a survivor of this crash? He is very close to me and I have been told he was in a plane crash, 4 people .. 2 survived and he is one...please tell me if this is him and where he is at