Sunday, April 18, 2021

Kolb Firestar II, N90KL: Fatal accident occurred April 06, 2020 near Daybreak Airport (WA46), Clark 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; Hillsboro, Oregon

Location: La Center, WA
Accident Number: WPR20LA118
Date & Time: April 6, 2020, 09:20 Local
Registration: N90KL
Aircraft: Kolb FIRESTAR 2
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On April 06, 2020, about 0920 Pacific daylight time, a Kolb Firestar 2, N90KL, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Daybreak Airport, La Center, Washington. The pilot sustained fatal injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

A witness that lived near the accident site stated that she routinely observed aircraft maneuver around Daybreak Airport. She recalled that on the day of the accident she was walking and observed an airplane pass over the top of her location at an estimated 200-300 feet above the floor of the valley. The airplane was headed northwest then turned south maneuvering above the tree line. The airplane made a sharp left turn and she lost sight of it as it descended below the tree line. She subsequently heard a loud boom and ran up the hill to call 911.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Kolb 
Registration: N90KL
Model/Series: FIRESTAR 2
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
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: KPDX,107 ft msl
Observation Time: 15:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 14 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 8°C /4°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 2000 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots / , 80°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 6000 ft AGL
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.89 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Camas, WA (1W1)
Destination: Camas, WA (1W1)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal 
Latitude, Longitude: 45.828609,-122.633888 (est)

1 comment:

  1. Total lawn dart sadly. Those ultralights are high drag low power vehicles... if the 2 stroke or more or less reliable 4 stroke gives out you have literally seconds to push the nose down A LOT to maintain lift and not stall.


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