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Boeing A75N1(PT-17) Stearman, N68825: Accident occurred April 28, 2019 in Sequim, Clallam 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; Des Moines, Washington

Port Townsend Aero Museum

Location: Sequim, WA
Accident Number: WPR19LA125
Date & Time: April 28, 2019, 13:37 Local
Registration: N68825
Aircraft: Stearman A75N1(PT17)
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On April 28, 2019, at 1337 Pacific daylight time, a Boeing A75N1, biplane, N68825, collided with terrain during an emergency landing, following a total loss of engine power near Sequim Washington. The airline transport pilot and passenger sustained minor injuries. The airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to Port Townsend Aero Museum and operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions existed about the time of the accident and no flight plan had been filed for the local flight. The flight originated from Jefferson County International Airport (0S9) about 1328.

The pilot report that, while at 1,200 ft mean sea level (MSL), about 5 miles west of the departure airport, he smelled burning oil and observed spraying oil and light oil smoke. He added that, there was an engine vibration and that the windscreen, his face, and his goggles were covered in oil. Subsequently, he elected to do an emergency landing onto a beach.

During the approach to final for landing the engine experienced a total loss of power. During touchdown the right wing and right main landing gear impacted the water and the airplane spun around about 90°.

The airplane was transported to a secure facility for further investigation.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Stearman 
Registration: N68825
Model/Series: A75N1(PT17) Undesignated
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: NMI,0 ft msl
Observation Time:
Distance from Accident Site: 20 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point:
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: 
Altimeter Setting: 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Port Townsend, WA (0S9) 
Destination: Port Townsend, WA (0S9)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor 
Latitude, Longitude: 48.047222,-122.874168 (est)

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