Friday, August 14, 2020

Sportine Aviacija LAK-17B FES Mini, N290MH: Fatal accident occurred August 07, 2020 near Lampson Field Airport (1O2), Lake County, California

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

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

https://registry.faa.gov/N290MH

Location: Lake Port, CA
Accident Number: WPR20LA257
Date & Time: 08/07/2020, 1400 PDT
Registration: N290MH
Aircraft: SPORTINE AVIACIJA LAK17
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On August 7, 2020 about 1400 Pacific daylight time, a Sportine Aviacija Lak-17B, motorized glider, N290MH, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Lake Port, California. The private pilot was fatally injured. The motorized glider was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The flight departed from runway 28 at Lampson Field Airport (1O2), Lakeport, California about 1200 on a local flight. According to family members, the pilot was based out of 1O2 and had recently purchased the glider. They continued by stating he was still in the certification process and could only fly the glider within 20 miles of 1O2. After the pilot had not returned home from the flight, family members were able to check a SPOT device which indicated his last position.

The wreckage was located on steep and wooded terrain about 1 mile west from the departure end of runway 28 at 1O2. According to photos supplied by first responders, the glider was found in multiple sections.

There were no witnesses to the accident.

The wreckage was recovered for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: SPORTINE AVIACIJA
Registration: N290MH
Model/Series: LAK17 A
Aircraft Category: Glider
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Matt J Herron
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: K1O2, 1380 ft msl
Observation Time: 1200 PDT
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 36°C / 13°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.89 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Lakeport, CA (1O2)
Destination: Lakeport, CA (1O2)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion:None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 38.934167, -122.877222 (est)

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov.


Matt Herron

Matt Herron


Lake County Sheriff's Office
On August 7, 2020, at 5:40 PM, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office received a report from the Williams Soaring Center located in Williams, California regarding an overdue LAK-17B FES Mini glider. The glider took off from Lampson Field Airport at 2 PM enroute to Mendocino County. The Soaring Center was able to provide last known GPS coordinates, which placed the glider in the area of Matthews Road in Lakeport. Deputies responded to the area and were able to locate the glider which had crashed. They also located the pilot and only occupant who was deceased. Deputies secured the scene and contacted the Federal Aviation Administration. The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will be conducting an investigation into the crash. The pilot has been identified as Matthew Herron, 89, of San Rafael.

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