Friday, March 05, 2021

Cessna 172G Skyhawk, N4456L: Accident occurred March 03, 2021 near Sisters Eagle Airport (6K5), Deschutes 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

Outlaw Aviation LLC

Location: Sisters, OR 
Accident Number: WPR21LA122
Date & Time: March 3, 2021, 17:45 Local 
Registration: N4456L
Aircraft: Cessna 172G 
Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On March 3, 2021, about 1745 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna 172G, N4456L, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Sisters, Oregon. The pilot and passenger had minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, personal flight.

The pilot reported the first part of the flight was uneventful with multiple touch and go landings at nearby airports. Upon returning to the originating airport, the pilot demonstrated a forward slip at idle power, with no flaps during the approach. The approach was fast, and the airplane bounced on landing. The pilot initiated a go-around by applying full throttle and turning off carburetor heat. At about 150-200 ft above ground level the engine suddenly stopped. The pilot set mixture to full rich and attempted to restart the engine. She continued cranking the engine and simultaneously adjusting the carburetor heat and mixture. Despite her actions the engine did not restart. The airplane landed hard during the forced landing and came to rest in a nose down position.

Postaccident examination of the accident site revealed that the airplane impacted uneven terrain. The empennage, both wings and the forward fuselage sustained substantial damage.

The airplane was relocated for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N4456L
Model/Series: 172G 
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: 1 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 44.2984,-121.5445 

A small plane crashed while attempting to land at Sisters Eagle Airport on Wednesday evening.

Both occupants of the Cessna 172G Skyhawk survived with injuries, according to the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office.

The plane is owned by Outlaw Aviation of Sisters.

The crash was reported to 911 at 5:43 p.m. Sheriff's deputies determined there were two occupants in the plane at the time of the crash. The pilot, Madison Stieber, 23, received injuries not considered life threatening and was taken by private vehicle to St. Charles Bend. The passenger, Connor Schaab, 24, received minor injuries and was evaluated by medics from the Sisters-Camp Sherman Rural Fire Protection District at the scene.

Schaab was not taken to the hospital.

According to Sgt. Jayson Janes, spokesman for Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, the initial investigation determined Stieber was attempting to land at the Sisters Eagle Airport, 15820 Barclay Drive, in Sisters when she made contact with the landing strip and then went airborne again. The plane then flew southwest, over Camp Polk Road and struck the top of a tree before hitting the ground and coming to rest in a dry pond on private property in the 69000 block of Camp Polk Road.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board were contacted and will be conducting a follow-up investigation regarding the crash, Janes said in a statement.

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