Sunday, November 08, 2020

Cessna R172K Hawk XP, N1444V: Fatal accident occurred November 08, 2020 in Arch Cape, Clatsop County, Oregon

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; Portland, Oregon

Location: Arch Cape, OR
Accident Number: WPR21LA061
Date & Time: November 8, 2020, 16:11 Local
Registration: N1444V
Aircraft: Cessna 172 
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N1444V
Model/Series: 172 K 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation:
Observation Time: 16:30 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 
Temperature/Dew Point:
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling:
Altimeter Setting:
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Tillamook, OR (TMK) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal 
Latitude, Longitude: 45.767319,-123.98501 (est)

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The United States Coast Guard on Sunday morning suspended the search for a man who piloted a single-engine plane that reportedly crashed in the ocean late Saturday afternoon west of Cape Falcon.

Officials said the man took off from an airport near Tillamook before the crash.

Coast Guard boat and helicopter crews were searching for the man and debris overnight and again at daybreak and did not find the man or any debris.

TILLAMOOK, Oregon – The United States Coast Guard has suspended the search for a man who crashed a single-engine plane off the Oregon coast near Cape Falcon on Saturday.

On Saturday, coast guard crews located the aircraft and some debris after the plane reportedly crashed west of the cape, which is near the border of Tillamook and Clatsop counties.

A USCG helicopter and boat crew from the Tillamook Bay station went out searching in the area.

On Sunday, officials said they suspended their search for the pilot.

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