Sunday, April 18, 2021

Cessna 182H Skylane, N2030X: Accident occurred April 11, 2021 off Blakely Island, San Juan 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; Seattle, Washington

Location: Blakely Island, WA 
Accident Number: WPR21LA156
Date & Time: April 11, 2021, 16:38 Local 
Registration: N2030X
Aircraft: Cessna 182H 
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On April 11, 2021, about 1638 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna 182H, N2030X, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Blakely Island, Washington. The pilot and passenger sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that shortly after departing from runway 1 at Blakley Island Airport, he made a right turn and paralleled the eastern shoreline of the island. While over the waters of the Rosario Strait, at an altitude of about 700 ft above ground level, the engine sputtered once followed by a complete loss of power. The pilot initiated a forced landing to the water near the shoreline. During the landing, the airplane nosed over and submerged in about 50 ft of water.

Photographs provided by the recovery company revealed that left wing was structurally damaged. The wreckage was recovered to a secure location for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N2030X
Model/Series: 182H 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file 
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: KFHR,121 ft msl 
Observation Time: 16:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 11 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 9°C /-3°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.38 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Blakely Island, WA (PVT)
Destination: Anacortes, WA (74S)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 48.541667,-122.7865

BLAKELY ISLAND, Washington — Two people survived a plane crash off of Blakely Island Sunday, according to the San Juan County Sheriff's Office. 

The sheriff's office first heard reports of a downed plane in the water around 4:45 p.m. Sunday. San Juan Fire, emergency medical services and the United States Coast Guard also responded to the incident. 

Two people were inside the plane when it went down. They were able to exit and make it to shore, according to the sheriff's office. 

The Sheriff's office, Orcas Fire and emergency medical services stayed on the scene to assist with a possible hazardous fuel spill resulting from the crash. 

The FAA confirmed the  Cessna 182H Skylane sank in about 600 feet of water after takeoff from Blakely Island. The FAA did not identify the people involved in the incident but did confirm it is investigating the crash. 

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