Monday, June 21, 2021

Piper PA-22-135 Tri-Pacer, N2618A: Fatal accident occurred June 20, 2021 near Beagle Sky Ranch Airport (OR96), White City, Jackson 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.

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland, Oregon
Piper Aircraft Inc; Vero Beach, Florida 
Lycoming Engines, an Operating Division of AVCO Corp; Williamsport, Pennsylvania 

Location: White City, OR 
Accident Number: WPR21FA233
Date & Time: June 20, 2021, 14:40 Local 
Registration: N2618A
Aircraft: Piper PA-18-135 
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On June 20, 2021, at 1440 Pacific daylight time, a Piper PA-18-135, N2618A, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near White City, Oregon. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

A friend of the pilot reported that the pilot departed from Bend, Oregon, around 1415, enroute to Beagle Sky Ranch Airport (OR96), White City, Oregon, where he was to meet the pilot. The friend reported that he observed the airplane initially enter the pattern on the left downwind for runway 33; however, the pilot initiated a go-around when the airplane was not aligned with the runway. When the friend saw the airplane again, the pilot was setting up to land on runway 15; however, the airplane was again not aligned with the runway and the pilot initiated another go-around. The friend subsequently heard the crash but did not witness the accident.

The first identified point of impact (FIPC) were the tops of 75-ft-tall trees about 200 ft east of the approach end of runway 15. The airplane continued in an arc-trajectory, where it travelled across a street, over a house, and impacted the side yard of a residence, where a post-crash fire ensued. The entire airplane came to rest on its left side against a wire fence.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper 
Registration: N2618A
Model/Series: PA-18-135 
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: KMFR,1313 ft msl
Observation Time: 02:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 19°C /11°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.9 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Medford, OR (MFR)
Destination: White City, OR

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: On-ground
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal
Latitude, Longitude: 42.53817,-122.89871 

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Jackson County Sheriff’s Office
Case 21-3201

WHITE CITY, Oregon – A single-engine aircraft crashed this weekend in Sam’s Valley, Oregon, killing the sole occupant. Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputies and personnel from Fire District #3 were called to the scene of a small, single-engine Piper Tri-Pacer aircraft crash Sunday afternoon at the Beagle Sky Ranch Airport in White City, Oregon. The aircraft went down while attempting to land at approx. 2:55 p.m., killing the aircraft’s pilot, Henry Levin, 80, of Medford, Oregon. Levin’s next of kin has been notified.

The aircraft crashed in the backyard of a residence in the 15000 block of Jones Road in White City, Oregon, clipping the top of several trees nearby. The crash ignited a small grass fire, which was quickly extinguished by citizens and Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) personnel.

Federal authorities will investigate the crash circumstances. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) have been advised of the incident.

Federal authorities may release further information at a later time.

An 80-year-old Medford man died Sunday after crashing a small airplane into a field in White City, officials said.

Henry Levin was attempting to land his single-engine airplane at Beagle Sky Ranch Airport when it crashed less than a mile away in the backyard of a residence just before 3 p.m., according to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

The Piper PA-22-135 Tri-Pacer clipped several trees before hitting the field on Jones Road. The crash caused a small grass fire which was quickly extinguished by people who live in the area, said Jackson County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Aaron Lewis.

“The fire was put out almost instantly by the homeowner and some of the neighbors,” Lewis said Monday.

An Oregon Department of Forestry crew was nearby during the crash and also helped respond to the fire, Lewis said.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the cause of the crash, officials said.

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