Friday, January 08, 2021

Cessna 170B, N4344B: Accident occurred January 08, 2021 in Palouse, Whitman County, Washington

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; Spokane, Washington

Location: Palouse, WA
Accident Number: WPR21LA083
Date & Time: January 8, 2021, 14:00 Local
Registration: N4344B
Aircraft: Cessna 170B 
Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N4344B
Model/Series: 170B
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KPUW,2551 ft msl 
Observation Time: 13:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 9 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 3°C /0°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 12000 ft AGL 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.18 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Palouse, WA
Destination: Palouse, WA

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 46.884969,-117.07687 

COLFAX, Washington - On Friday, January 8 at approximately 2:07pm, Whitman County Deputies were advised of an airplane crash at a private airstrip one mile east of Palouse, Washington where minor injuries were reported.

Once on scene deputies determined a flight instructor and student pilot were practicing landings in a Cessna 170 aircraft when the plane bounced on landing and entered an adjacent field where it flipped onto its top.

The two occupants of the Cessna 170 received minor injuries and were transported to a local hospital via private vehicle. 

The FAA was contacted and is investigating the incident.

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