Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Cessna 150, N22963: Accident occurred October 11, 2020 near Eastern Sierra Regional Airport ((KBIH), Bishop, Inyo 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; Reno

DK Futures LLC

Location: Bishop, CA 
Accident Number: WPR21LA012
Date & Time: October 11, 2020, 14:30 Local
Registration: N22963
Aircraft: Cessna 150 
Injuries: 1 Minor
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Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna Registration: N22963
Model/Series: 150 H Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
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Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

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Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
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Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor 
Latitude, Longitude: 37.3409,-118.3571 

Over the weekend, a small private plane fell about one mile short of the southern approach to runway 3 – 5 at the Eastern Sierra Regional Airport in Bishop over the weekend.

The single pilot, Jeff Thompson, of Bishop,  walked away from the crash on LADWP open land. He walked to the airport, where his car was parked. He drove home and contacted the FAA . Thompson, realizing how lucky he was to survive the crash, heard a rumor yesterday at the airport that he had a heart attack. “The only result was a scratched knuckle,” Thompson told KIBS/KBOV News.

Thompson said the plane’s engine just stopped running short of the runway. “I found a nice flat spot,” he said.

An investigator from the National Transportation Safety Board was reportedly on site Monday, October 12, according to Bishop Volunteer Fire Chief Joe Dell.

The Cessna 150, built in 1968, is owned by David Bartlett out of Reno , NV.  He had loaned the plan to Thompson several months ago.

A representative from the NTSB said the cause of the accident is still under investigation.

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