Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Consolidated Aeronautics Lake LA-4-200 Buccaneer, N93AB: Accident occurred August 25, 2020 at Rawlins Municipal Airport (KRWL), Carbon County, Wyoming

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver

NTSB Identification: WPR20CA301
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, August 25, 2020 in Rawlins, WY
Aircraft: Lake LA4, registration: N93AB

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 during takeoff.

Date: 25-AUG-20
Time: 12:58:00Z
Regis#: N93AB
Aircraft Model: LAKE LA4
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91

Rawlins Police Department
At 07:02 this morning the Rawlins Police Department received a report of a plane crash in the construction area between the runway at the Rawlins Municipal Airport and Beechcraft Street.

The plane was observed by witnesses to have just taken off from the airport.

The Rawlins Police Department, Rawlins Fire Department, Wyoming Highway Patrol and several ambulances from Carbon County Memorial Hospital responded.

Once on scene, emergency personnel located three occupants trapped inside the plane.

The Rawlins Fire Department extricated the occupants from the plane.

Two of the occupants were transported by ambulance to Memorial Hospital of Carbon County and one occupant was transported by Classic Air to Casper, Wyoming.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board were notified and are investigating the crash.


  1. Nice video of N93AB, including inflight looking out forward:

  2. Flightaware shows multi-leg trip from home base in Florida:

    1. Social media posts by people who know the accident pilot include initials that don't match the Florida pilot. Looks like it was a relocation flight by new owner.

  3. KRWL Weather conditions on 25 August @ 6:53 am:
    MDT / Temp / DP / RH / Wind / Gust
    6:53 AM 55 F 46 F 72 % NE 8 mph 0 mph

    A runway 4 takeoff into the NE wind would start at 6,744 feet elevation, rising to 6,816 feet at the far end. Runway 4/22 is 7,008 feet in length.

  4. News article says pilot was en route to the San Juan Islands, in Washington State.

    Link (scroll down, find "Plane crashes in Rawlins"):

  5. 3 passengers with fuel fuel at that DA is more than an LA4 can handle. He couldn't climb and tried to turn back to the runway and stall/spun it into the ground. Sad all the way around.