Friday, August 28, 2020

Cessna A185F Skywagon, N714KH and Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub, N7498L: Fatal accident occurred August 27, 2020 at Chena Marina Airport (AK28), Fairbanks, Alaska

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 Entities: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office;  Juneau, Alaska 
Piper Aircraft

Location: Fairbanks, AK
Accident Number: ANC20LA085
Date & Time: August 27, 2020
Registration: N714KH (A1); N7498L (A2)
Aircraft: Cessna A185 (A1); Piper PA18 (A2) 
Injuries: 2 Fatal, 1 Serious (A1); 1 Serious (A2)
Flight Conducted Under: Part 135: Air taxi & commuter - Non-scheduled (A1); Part 91: General aviation - Personal (A2)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information (A1)

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N714KH
Model/Series: A185 F 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand air taxi (135)
Operator Designator Code:

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information (A2)

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N7498L
Model/Series: PA18 150 Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held:
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: 427 ft msl
Observation Time: 21:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 
Temperature/Dew Point: 17°C /8°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 7500 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 11000 ft AGL
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.79 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: 

Wreckage and Impact Information (A1)

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Serious
Aircraft Fire: On-ground
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Fatal, 1 Serious 
Latitude, Longitude: 64.811943,-147.923889 (est)

Wreckage and Impact Information (A2)

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 64.811943,-147.923889 (est)

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State of Alaska Department of Public Safety

Any charges reported in these press releases are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Location: Fairbanks
Type: Aircraft Collision- Fatal
Dispatch Text:


AST has positively identified the other two occupants of the Cessna 185. Cody J. Rosania (35 yoa of Buckeye, AZ) died in the crash. Rayne R. Rush (40 yoa of Buckeye Arizona) was the third occupant inside the C185, he suffered life-threatening injuries. Family members have been notified. The State Medical Examiner's Office called for an autopsy of both men who died.

On 8/27/20 at 1355 hours AST received a report of a mid-air collision above the airstrip which is parallel to Dolphin Way in west Fairbanks. AST, AWT, Airport Police & Fire Department and Chena Goldstream Fire & Rescue responded to the scene. Initial investigation indicated a Piper SuperCub flown by Larry D. Dalrymple (73 yoa of Fairbanks) collided with a Cessna 185 (corrected model) flown by Shane E. Bennett (52 yoa of Fairbanks). After the collision both aircraft crashed into the ground on the gravel runway. The Cessna 185 burst into flames on impact. Dalrymple was seriously injured and he was transported to FMH. Bennett was killed in the crash. A 40 yoa male was extricated from the burning wreckage and was transported to FMH with life-threatening injuries. One other passenger was inside the C185 and that person was also killed in the crash. AST has not been able to notify next of kin for the second deceased person. The critically injured person has been identified, but AST has not notified the next of kin yet. AST notified NTSB of the crash. Local FAA personnel are on scene and they are investigating the crash. The airfield is currently closed for an indefinite amount of time. AWT and AST are still on scene assisting with scene security.


  1. Preliminary report says pilot taking off was told "Report airborne. Traffic on short final; inbound Skywagon." Unfortunate that he was not told "Hold for traffic on short final; inbound Skywagon."

    Correctly parsing the instructions as stated has its limits. The "report airborne" got the accident sequence started.

  2. FAR 91.113 (g) states that the landing aircraft has the right of way not the airplane that wants to takeoff ( unless of course the taking off airplane is piloted by a former FAA manager guy so the rumor says)


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