Friday, February 07, 2020

Piper PA-32R-300 Cherokee Lance, N7632C: Fatal accident occurred February 06, 2020 in Tuntutuliak, Alaska

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Anchorage, Alaska

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances. 

Yute Commuter Service

Paklook Air Inc

Date: 07-FEB-20
Time: 04:40:00Z
Regis#: N7632C
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA32R
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Total Fatal: 5
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: ON DEMAND
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 135
Flight Number: TN7632C

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

Yute Commuter Service has released the name of the pilot killed in a plane accident on February 6th along the lower Kuskokwim River that also killed four passengers. The pilot, Tony Matthews, was flying a Piper PA-32R-300 Cherokee Lance from Bethel to Kipnuk that crashed about 11 miles southwest of Tuntutuliak.

“He was a great, great person,” said Yute Commuter Service General Manager Nathan McCabe about pilot Mathews. 

“It’s very unfortunate. The guy was a very happy, enthusiastic person. All I can say to be honest with you is he’s a great man, happy, a great worker. I couldn’t ask for anyone better,” McCabe said.

McCabe issued a statement from Yute in response to the accident: 

“On Thursday at approximately at 11 a.m., a Yute Commuter Service Piper PA-32R tail number N7632C, crashed about 11 miles west of Tuntutuliak while in route to Kipnuk and Chefornak, resulting in five casualties: the pilot Tony Mathews and four passengers. The names of the passengers are being withheld until the notification of their next of kin. The cause of the accident is unknown at this time. The NTSB will conduct a full and thorough investigation. Yute Commuter Service offers our deepest condolences of the families of those lost in this unfortunate event. We will be closed on February 7th, 2020. Yute Commuter Service is committed to do everything possible to provide safe and reliable air travel within the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.”

McCabe says Yute is offering counseling to its staff and gave workers the day off on Friday.

“We told them to please take the day, so they could gather their thoughts. It impacted our community very, very strongly,” said McCabe.

McCabe says his office is gathering information to give to the National Transportation Safety Board so they can investigate the crash. He says all Yute planes have been grounded since news of the accident, and he did not state when the airline would resume flights.

The names of the four deceased passengers have not been released. 

Original article can be found here ➤

Tuntutuliak Federal Aviation Administration weathercam view February 7th, 2020.

Frigid wind chills Friday on the Southwest Alaska tundra blocked attempts to reach the wreckage of a Yute Commuter Service plane crash that killed five people Thursday, troopers said.

The plane’s pilot and four passengers died in the crash 12 miles south of Tuntutuliak, troopers said Thursday night. The plane had left Bethel and was headed to Kipnuk, about 100 miles southwest of Bethel.

The air service on Friday afternoon identified the pilot as Tony Matthews. Yute’s general manager, Nathan McCabe, told KYUK that Matthews was “a very happy, enthusiastic person. All I can say to be honest with you is he’s a great man, happy, a great worker. I couldn’t ask for anyone better.”

The wreckage of the Piper PA-32R-300 Cherokee Lance was located at 1:50 p.m. Thursday after troopers were informed it was overdue.

An Army National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter was dispatched out of Bethel, said Candis Olmstead, the National Guard’s director of public affairs. Rescuers, including a trooper and two LifeMed Alaska medics, were on the scene at 4:15 p.m., Olmstead said.

On Friday, Alaska State Troopers were attempting to get back to the scene and move forward with recovery efforts. The scene is accessible only by snowmachine and air, according to Tim DeSpain, a public information officer with the troopers. The wreckage is in an area of flat, snow-covered tundra, said Clinton Johnson, chief of the Alaska Regional Office of the NTSB.

“They’re making every safe possible attempt that they can,” DeSpain said.

Wind chills were around 40 below zero Friday, he said.

Noreen Price, an investigator from the National Transportation Safety Board, was on her way to Bethel Friday morning from Anchorage to begin investigating the crash, Johnson said. In Bethel, she’ll coordinate with state troopers on investigations and recovery efforts, Johnson said.

A meteorologist from the NTSB is gathering archived weather information, Johnson said.

The plane’s wreckage will likely be taken to Bethel or Anchorage, Johnson said. NTSB investigations of this nature tend to take a year to 18 months, Johnson said.

Yute is a commuter airline based in Bethel, according to the company’s website, and flies throughout the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

In April of last year, a Yute charter flight on its way to Bethel from Aniak crashed and four people aboard the plane were uninjured, according to a troopers report. In November, a Yute pilot was uninjured after a crash in Goodnews Bay, about 115 miles south of Bethel, according to KYUK.

McCabe said Yute is offering counseling to its staff and gave workers the day off Friday while canceling all flights.

Original article can be found here ➤


An official with Yute Air Commuter confirmed with Channel 2 Friday the name of the pilot involved in the deadly plane crash near Tuntutuliak.

Yute’s general manager, Nathan McCabe, told Channel 2 the pilot was Tony Matthews.

Original Story

Five people are dead after a commuter aircraft crashed near Tuntutuliak in Southwest Alaska.

Alaska State Troopers say the Yute Commuter plane, traveling from Bethel to Kipnuk, was reported missing at 1:45 p.m. Thursday. Four passengers and a pilot were on board.

The plane was found within minutes, according to officials, in a location about 12 miles south of Tuntutuliak. All five people on board were confirmed deceased, AST said.

Lt. Col. Candis Olmstead with the Alaska National Guard said a Blackhawk Helicopter with AK Army National Guard arrived to the scene south of Bethel, near Tuntutuliak, at about 4 p.m. and returned to Bethel within the hour.

AST Spokesperson Tim DeSpain added Thursday evening that conditions in and around the crash site may make it especially difficult for an investigative and rescue or recovery effort to be executed, particularly with the rural nature of the crash location.

"It was relatively quick that the site was located," DeSpain said, "but the challenges can definitely come in with the difficulty of getting to the site and actually having boots on the ground."

DeSpain said attempts will be made Friday to get back into the site, weather permitting, and will likely include Alaska State Troopers, Alaska Wildlife Troopers, and the Bethel Fire Department. Alaska's National Transportation Safety Board chief, Clint Johnson, said an investigator was en route to the site as of Thursday, though he could not say whether or not that individual had already made it to Bethel.

When contacted by phone for a request for comment, a Yute Commuter representative simply said, "No comment." The company's Facebook page administrator posted a note around 3:30 p.m. that all flights for Friday, Feb. 7, had been cancelled, following a prior post stating that Thursday morning flights had been put on hold because of a low ceiling in Bethel.

Authorities are also working to notify the families of the victims and officials say their names cannot be released until that procedure is considered complete.

Original article can be found here ➤

Cessna 182T Skylane, N60381: Fatal accident occurred February 06, 2020 in Jackson Parish, Louisiana

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances. 

BCM Aviation LLC

Date: 06-FEB-20

Time: 15:57:00Z
Regis#: N60381
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 182
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Total Fatal: 3
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91

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

Jackson Parish Sheriff's Department
February 6th, 2020

The Jackson Parish Sheriff’s Office received two 911 calls this afternoon around 2:11 PM, that a small plane had crashed just outside of the city limits of Chatham, La on Louisiana Hwy 34.

Monroe Regional Airport confirmed that they lost a plane on radar at that same time. The plane was traveling from Jackson – Hawkins Airport out of Jackson, MS and enroute to Shreveport Regional Airport in Shreveport, La.

The plane was a Cessna 182T Skylane with three occupants onboard. All three occupants were pronounced dead at the scene by the Jackson Parish Coroner’s Office. The Coroner’s Office will send them off for autopsy.

At this time names of the occupants will not be released until all family members can be notified.

The reason for the plane crash is still under investigation and will continue to be investigated by the FAA.

CHATHAM, Louisiana — Investigators scoured the wreckage and ground here Friday searching for clues to what caused Thursday's deadly plane crash in Jackson Parish that killed all three aboard the Cessna 182T Skylane bound for Shreveport.

But a National Transportation Safety Board spokesman told USA Today Network it could take as long as two years — and no sooner than a year — before a final report and answer are posted.

Chris Mudd and Wade Williams, both of Shreveport-Bossier and both executives of Rehabilitation Services of Northwest Louisiana, and Minden pilot Robert Gilliam of Minden died in the crash.

All three leave behind families and children.

"It's just a terrible tragedy," said Jackson Parish Sheriff Andy Brown, who turned over the investigation to NTSB and Federal Aviation Administration officials Friday morning after securing the accident scene overnight after recovering the victims Thursday.

The impact occurred in a small area between a building and trees without room to have skidded very far.

"It looks like it just fell out of the sky," Brown said Thursday and again Friday.

The Cessna 182T Skylane was owned by Matthew St. Amant of Shreveport-Bossier, who owns Rehabilitation Services.

Mudd was the chief executive officer and Williams had recently been promoted to chief operating officer, said St. Amant's brother-in-law state Sen. Jay Luneau of Alexandria.

The men were flying from Jackson, Miss., to Shreveport, when the airplane crashed about 2:13 p.m., grazing David Greer's logging company, on Louisiana 34.

Though nobody witnessed the crash, Brown said one witness saw the plane descending to a level he thought was dangerously low.

Greer's employees were less than 25 yards from impact and heard a startling explosion soon after the crash. "It was loud and terrible," Leroy Stubblefield said.

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Cessna 208B Grand Caravan, N24MG: Accident occurred February 06, 2020 near Murray Field Airport (KEKA), Humboldt County, California

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Oakland, California

Redding Aero Enterprises Inc

NTSB Identification: WPR20CA089
14 CFR Part 135: Air Taxi & Commuter
Accident occurred Thursday, February 6, 2020 in Eureka, CA
Aircraft: Cessna 208, registration: N24MG

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 on shore and flipped over.

Date: 06-FEB-20
Time: 15:30:00Z
Regis#: N24MG
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 208
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: CARGO
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 135
Flight Number: BXR1966

The pilot awaiting rescue. 

The Rescue

Cessna 208B Grand Caravan,  N24MG

The Packages

Humboldt Bay Fire

On 02/06/2020 at 7:24A.M., Humboldt Bay Fire resources were dispatched for a water rescue in Humboldt Bay near Woodley Island along with the U.S. Coast Guard.

A Cessna 208B Grand Caravan carrying one pilot had crashed into the Bay after losing visibility in the fog attempting to land at Murray Field Airport.

Working together with the U.S. Coast Guard Humboldt Bay boat and helicopter, Humboldt Bay Fire Water Rescue Team members boarded a Port Authority vessel and began a search for the plane in the water which was heavily impeded by heavy morning fog. Land resources including fire engines, command, and Sheriff’s vehicles patrolled the boundaries of the bay attempting location as well.

The pilot was located at 7:49A.M. atop his overturned plane and was pulled out of the water by Humboldt Bay Fire personnel at 7:52A.M, just 28 minutes after the initial dispatch. We are happy to report that the pilot suffered no major injuries, and has been transported to the hospital for observation and treatment of minor cold exposure.

Humboldt Bay Fire would like to acknowledge the work of the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay, Humboldt County Sheriff's Office for scene control, unified command, and water search, the Harbor District and Port Authority for their cooperation and resources, as well as Eureka Police Department 9-1-1 Dispatch who remained on the line with the pilot and aided in his discovery.

This incident highlights the efficiency of work that can be accomplished when our joint agencies work together, and we are so thankful for the relationships we have with our partner agencies.


The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office reports that deputies are plucking what appear to be Amazon packages that were inside the plane that crashed into Humboldt Bay this morning out of the water.

The pilot was rescued in “good condition” and the Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the cause of the crash.


Humboldt Bay Fire reports the pilot “suffered no major injuries” and was taken to St. Joseph Hospital for “observation and treatment of minor cold exposure.”


A pilot was rescued from atop his partially submerged plane after crashing in Humboldt Bay this morning.

The pilot reportedly called 911 while standing on the plane's landing gear as it was sinking into the bay shortly before 7:30 a.m.

“A pilot just landed in the Bay,” the dispatcher reported.

The pilot reported he was on the east end off of Woodley Island, according to the dispatcher. He told her he could hear a responding helicopter but couldn't see the Samoa Bridge because of dense fog.

Firefighters and the U.S. Coast Guard responded but had difficulty finding the plane due to the fog. At about 7:40 a.m., the pilot reported to the dispatcher that he could see the U.S. Coast Guard helicopter, which was still having trouble locating him. A few minutes later, the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office launched a rescue boat.

Shortly after 7:50 a.m., the Coast Guard helicopter told the dispatcher it was lowering its hoist with a rescue swimmer to the downed plane. At 7:55 a.m., the dispatcher reported the crew had recovered the pilot and was en route to St. Joseph Hospital.

With the pilot safely transported, crews from various agencies have turned their attention to the plane and voiced concerns about the potential for a fuel spill in the bay.

Original article ➤

UPDATE, 10:39 a.m.: The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office notes that its deputies are currently fishing numerous packages out of the bay near the site of this morning’s delivery plane crash.

UPDATE, 9:03 a.m.: According to Federal Aviation Administration records, the plane is a Cessna 208B single-engine plane belonging to Redding Aero Enterprises, Inc.

It had just flown up toward ACV from Sacramento, according to flight records.

UPDATE, 8:50 a.m.: Capt. Libby Tonning — aka “Capt. Zippo” — is at the scene of the crash aboard the vessel Mr. C Street and sends along photos from nearby. Tonning says that they’re setting an anchor to the plane right now to secure the thing while they figure out what they’re going to do next.

UPDATE, 8:20 a.m.: Paramedics and Humboldt Bay Fire personnel have left the scene now that the pilot has been rescued. Now it’s a question of getting the plane out of the bay.

Lt. Kevin Miller of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office tells the Outpost’s Ryan Burns, at the scene that the plane is upside-down and mostly submerged on a mud flat. The Federal Aviation Administration has been notified, and will decide whether to forward the incident to the National Transportation Safety Board.

Miller said that the pilot was alert, conscious and talking when the Coast Guard picked him up, and confirmed that he called in his own plane crash to 911.

Original Post: A small Cessna crashed into Humboldt Bay this morning somewhere to the east of Woodley Island. The pilot apparently was able to extricate himself from the plane and called emergency dispatchers.

At just before 8 a.m., the Coast Guard helicopter crew recovered the pilot and is transporting him to St. Joseph Hospital, according to scanner traffic.

The plane — a small Cessna — was reportedly shrouded in fog this morning, and rescuers had a difficult time locating it. The Coast Guard, Humboldt Bay Fire and the Sheriff’s Office established a unified command post on Woodley Island.

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Beech B200 Super King Air, N405PT: Accident occurred February 06, 2020 at Spirit of St. Louis Airport (KSUS), Missouri

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; St. Louis, Missouri

Aircraft gear collapsed on landing.

Stratus Sales LLC

Date: 06-FEB-20
Time: 20:08:00Z
Regis#: N405PT
Aircraft Make: BEECH
Aircraft Model: 200
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91