Tuesday, September 01, 2020

Wildlife Encounter (Non-bird): Beech C90A King Air, N982SB; accident occurred August 30, 2020 at Rohnerville Airport (KFOT), Fortuna, Humboldt County, California

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board 

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident. 

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Oakland, California

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://data.ntsb.gov/Docket

Cal-Ore Life Flight LLC

Location: Fortuna, California
Accident Number: WPR20CA312
Date & Time: August 30, 2020, 22:00 Local 
Registration: N982SB
Aircraft: Beechcraft C90A 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Wildlife encounter (non-bird)
Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 135: Air taxi & commuter - Non-scheduled - Air Medical (Unspecified)


The pilot of a multi-engine airplane reported that, during the night landing, a deer ran across the runway and struck the left engine. The pilot subsequently taxied the airplane to the ramp without further incident. The left engine mount was substantially damaged. The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
A collision with a deer while landing at night.


Environmental issues Animal(s)/bird(s) - Effect on equipment
Environmental issues Dark - Effect on operation

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing-landing roll Wildlife encounter (non-bird) (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline transport; Commercial
Age: 64,Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land; Multi-engine land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None 
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane multi-engine; Airplane single-engine; Instrument airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 With waivers/limitations 
Last FAA Medical Exam: December 3, 2019
Occupational Pilot: Yes 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: June 9, 2020
Flight Time: (Estimated) 15000 hours (Total, all aircraft), 1000 hours (Total, this make and model), 7500 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 73 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 39 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 4.5 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beechcraft 
Registration: N982SB
Model/Series: C90A 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1998 
Amateur Built:
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal 
Serial Number: LJ-1518
Landing Gear Type: Retractable - Tricycle
Seats: 5
Date/Type of Last Inspection: June 4, 2020 
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 10160 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 2 Turbo prop
Airframe Total Time: 3868.3 Hrs at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Pratt & Whitney
ELT: C126 installed 
Engine Model/Series: PT6A-135A
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 750 Horsepower
Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand air taxi (135)

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC) 
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: KFOT,391 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 05:15 Local
Direction from Accident Site: 303°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Visibility 8 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 4 knots / 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 110°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.89 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 11°C / 8°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Crescent City, CA (CEC) 
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Destination: Fortuna, CA (FOT)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 02:14 Local
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 392 ft msl 
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 11 
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4005 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full stop; Straight-in

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 40.55389,-124.13277(est)

1 comment:

  1. The county issued a Montana closing the airport’s only runway, but they neglected to release the closure after the debris was cleaned up. I got Seattle Center to release the NOTAM the next morning. The delay caused a problem for at least two aircraft.
    There no injuries, except to the deer.


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