Monday, August 09, 2021

Piper J3C-65 Cub, N6018H: Accident occurred August 04, 2021 in Woodburn, Marion 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; Hillsboro, Oregon

Twin Oaks Airpark Inc

Location: Woodburn, OR 
Accident Number: WPR21LA306
Date & Time: August 4, 2021, 17:08 Local 
Registration: N6018H
Aircraft: Piper J3C-85
Injuries: 1 Serious, 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N6018H
Model/Series: J3C-85 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
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: KUAO,200 ft msl 
Observation Time: 16:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 11 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 36°C /12°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 10 knots / , 30°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.86 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Hillsboro, OR (7S3)
Destination: Woodburn, OR

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: None
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 2 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 45.16105,-123.00217

Yamhill County Sheriff's Office

On August 4, 2021 at about 5:08 pm Yamhill Communications received a 911 call regarding an injured kayaker on the Willamette River in the area of Lower Lambert Bar between Dayton and the Wheatland Ferry.  

A Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office marine patrol boat responded along with a water rescue boat from Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, and land-based rescue and ambulance personnel from Dayton Fire District and McMinnville Fire Department. 

The patient is a 42-year-old female from McMinnville who was recreating on the river in a kayak along with another adult female, age 68, in a separate kayak.  

Deputies arrived on scene and located the injured kayaker, as well as a Piper J3C-65 Cub plane on a gravel bar. 

The water rescue boat from Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue transported the patient to the waiting ambulance at the end of SE Green Acres Road in rural Dayton.  

The preliminary investigation revealed that the plane was taking off from a gravel bar when the kayaker was struck by the plane. 

The pilot returned to the scene and has cooperated with the investigation.  

The involved plane is equipped with tundra tires allowing for takeoff and landing in this area, and the pilot reports having previously landed and taken off from this area approximately 50 times.

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