Friday, October 22, 2021

Cessna 150L, N5268Q: Fatal accident occurred October 20, 2021 in Dunsmuir, Siskiyou County, California

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 traveled to the scene of this accident. 

 Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Sacramento, California
Textron; Wichita, Kansas

Trinity Flyers


Location: Dunsmuir, California
Accident Number: WPR22FA021
Date and Time: October 20, 2021, 11:00 Local
Registration: N5268Q
Aircraft: Cessna 150L
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On October 20, 2021, about 1100 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna 150L, N5268Q, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Dunsmuir, California. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

Family member stated that the pilot departed from Rake's Glen Airport (WA59), Sequim, Washington about 1000 on October 19, 2021, and was destined for Haigh Field Airport (O37), Orland, California.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued an alert notification (ALNOT) on October 20, at 1925, after a family friend was unable to reach the pilot on his cell phone and reported the missing aircraft. A search ensued and the airplane wreckage was discovered the following day about 1200, on a rising face of Mt. Bradley about 725 ft below the summit, and 2 nm northwest of Dunsmuir, California.

A power company employee who was working near the Mt. Bradley lookout point on the day of the accident, reported 200 ft visibility and a fog layer that extended to the top of the mountain for most of the morning and through the early afternoon. He heard a low-level airplane flying about 1130 at which time he noted that the engine sounded as if it was running. The witness did not hear the airplane impact terrain.

The wreckage was located on a mountain side at a field elevation of about 5,290 ft mean sea level (msl). The airplane came to rest on a slope (figure 1) and was oriented on a heading of 350° magnetic. The first point of impact (FPI) was identified by the severed tops of two 40-foot-tall pine trees and several broken tree branches. A debris path was marked by tree strikes that began about 75 ft forward of the FPI and oriented on a heading of 360° magnetic. The main wreckage marked the end of the debris path and was located about 225 ft beyond the FPI. All major structures necessary for flight were accounted for at the accident site. 



Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N5268Q
Model/Series: 150L 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operator: 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: 
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation: KMHS,3535 ft msl 
Observation Time: 10:58 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 7 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 10°C /8°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 500 ft AGL 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , 130°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 1800 ft AGL 
Visibility: 8 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.08 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: 
Destination:

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal 
Latitude, Longitude: 41.2197,-122.30906 

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation may contact them by email witness@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov. You can also call the NTSB Response Operations Center at 844-373-9922 or 202-314-6290. 

Shasta County Sheriff's Office

The Shasta County Sheriff's Office and members of our Search and Rescue Team assisted the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office today in the effort to locate a missing aircraft. As confirmed by Siskiyou County officials, the wreckage was located near Bradley Peak in southern Siskiyou County. Our thoughts are with the loved ones of the solo pilot of the aircraft who did not survive. We would like to express our gratitude to the Search and Rescue volunteers who worked tirelessly in the effort and:
CHP - Northern Division Air Operations;
Shasta County Search and Rescue Jeep Patrol; 
Shasta County Search and Rescue Ground Team;
Shasta County K9 Search and Rescue;
Shasta County Sheriff Mounted Search and Rescue;
Siskiyou County Sheriff Search and Rescue.

Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office

The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office regretfully reports the positive identification of the decease person at the plane crash site on Bradley Peak. Mr. William Bushling was positively identified by our investigators. His family has been notified.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. 

CHP - Northern Division Air Operations 

Not the outcome we wanted.  H-14 and A-11 assisted Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office and Shasta County Sheriff's Office in locating a Cessna 150L, which was reported missing on Wednesday.  A citizen reported the wreckage on the south side of Mt. Bradley, near the outlook.  Unfortunately the pilot was found deceased.  H-14 assisted ground crews due to the steep terrain.  Thoughts and prayers to the pilots family.

William Bushling
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Siskiyou County, California — UPDATE: According to a Facebook post by the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office, their investigators have positively identified the plane crash victim as Mr. William Bushling. His family has been notified.

A plane that vanished in Northern California on Wednesday may have been found.

According to a Facebook post by the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office, a man believes he found the Cessna 150L that was reported missing when it failed to arrive at its intended destination of Orland, California.

Police say the aircraft took off heading south from Ashland around 9:00 am on Wednesday morning. The Trinity County Sheriff’s Office reportedly received a request for emergency landing from the pilot, 71-year-old William Bushling, but the plane never arrived. According to officials, the pilot’s cell phone last pinged a tower in the area of Highway 89 and Interstate 5 just northeast of Dunsmuir around 8:00 pm Wednesday night.

According to the Facebook post, Search and Rescue officials are currently searching the area where the plane was located.

Airbus A320-271N, N901NK: Incident occurred October 22, 2021 near Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (KFLL), Broward County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Florida

Aircraft struck bird on 4-mile final causing dent in nose cone.  

Spirit Airlines


Date: 22-OCT-21
Time: 00:39:00Z
Regis#: N901NK
Aircraft Make: AIRBUS
Aircraft Model: 320N
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: APPROACH (APR)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: SPIRIT AIRLINES
Flight Number: NKS3044
City: FORT LAUDERDALE
State: FLORIDA

Pipistrel Apis-Bee, N812DS: Accident occurred October 21, 2021 at Jim Hamilton L. B. Owens Airport (KCUB), Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina

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; Columbia, South Carolina


Location: Columbia, SC
Accident Number: ERA22LA025
Date and Time: October 21, 2021, 10:38 Local
Registration: N812DS
Aircraft: Pipistrel Apis-Bee 
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Pipistrel
Registration: N812DS
Model/Series: Apis-Bee
Aircraft Category: Glider
Amateur Built:
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: 
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation: 
Observation Time:
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point:
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility:
Altimeter Setting: 
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: 
Destination:

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 33.973189,-80.999662 (est)



Columbia emergency personnel responded to a motor glider crash at the Jim Hamilton-L.B. Owens Airport Thursday midday.

Police said the male pilot was taken to a hospital. He was not entrapped in the plane when it crashed, Columbia Fire Department spokesman Mike DeSumma said. 

DeSumma said he couldn’t comment on the pilot’s condition other than he was injured. Investigators have not identified the pilot and his condition wasn’t available as of press time.

He was the only person onboard, DeSumma said. The crash happened at about 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

The fire department and other emergency responders “did all we could to get him out ... and to the hospital,” DeSumma said.

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating. The administration’s investigators will determine a cause of the crash.

A man in his 60s was taking off in the motor glider, which was new to him, when he crashed, said Trevor Drayton, a former flight instructor who had been called to the scene.

Emergency personnel have cleared the scene and the glider was sitting on the edge of the runway early Thursday afternoon.

Air traffic controllers initially weren’t aware of the crash until an airplane taxiing saw it and told controllers the glider was in the woods.

A motor glider is a plane that carries little fuel and essentially glides when it’s in the air. The glider was intact as it sat on the edge of the runway.

Resident Lethetta Ball lives at an apartment complex next to Owens Field, and said she came home just in time to see the crash.

“It was scary,” Ball said. “My heart is pounding. ... My daughters are at home, good thing it didn’t crash into our apartment complex.”

DeSumma addressed the fact that apartments are nearby, saying its horrible that a crash happened but emergency responders were relieved it was confined to the runway. 

At 12:53 p.m., the fire department said the scene had been turned over to the Federal Aviation Administration for investigation. 

Richland County Councilwoman Allison Terracio is a council liaison to the airport. She said there was “no fire or explosion” connected to the crash. The fire department confirmed that the plane did not catch on fire and little fuel spilled.

“Of course we never want anything bad to happen, but things like this do happen,” Terracio said. “I know though that (county) staff and our emergency responders are taking care of it.”

The Hamilton-Owens Airport borders the southwest side of the Rosewood neighborhood in Columbia. Nearby amenities include the Owens Field park and skate park, City Roots farm and the Hunter-Gatherer Hangar brewery, plus a plethora of residential homes. 

This is at least the second time this year there has been a plane crash in the area of the Jim Hamilton - L.B. Owens Airport. In January, a pilot was flying in to the airport on a foggy morning when he missed his approach and crashed into a home in the Rosewood neighborhood, and the plane ultimately burst into flames in a backyard. Greenville pilot Farhad Rostampour died in that January crash. He was 62.



COLUMBIA, South Carolina – Authorities are investigation after a motor glider crashed on the runway at Owens Field Airport Thursday. Around 11:30 a.m., first responders received the emergency call and arrived on scene. 

The pilot was the only one involved in the crash, and he has since been transported to the hospital. We do not have word on his condition at this time. 

While the incident occurred at the airport, it certainly scared the neighbors at the nearby apartment complex.

“We’re right next to the airport so we hear them come in all the time. Jets and everything you can hear real loud all the time,” said Rosewood resident Lettheta Ball.

Thursday morning, those at the Plowden Apartments were on the other side of the fence of a plane crash.

Ball says “The first thing I thought about was the apartment complex that we stay at and everybody that lives there. That is close.”

Public Information Officer for the Columbia Fire Department. Mike DeSumma says “Essentially these motor gliders only carry so much fuel. Once you get up in the air, you’re gliding essentially. Our understanding is the glider was coming in for landing when it crashed.”

Lettheta Ball says “I hope the gentleman in the glider is okay.”

The pilot was removed from the glider and taken from the hospital, but his condition is unknown. DeSumma says the incident could have been much worse.

“When you’re dealing with an aircraft coming down, you have to worry about if there’s fire involved. We were prepared to dispatch units to handle any fire. With this crash, there was no fire involved thankfully. You also have to worry about if there’s any kind of fuel spills. With this aircraft being a small one, there was no major issues with spillage. Our main priority was getting here, getting the pilot out of the airport and transported safely to the hospital,” said DeSumma.

Earlier this year, a small plane crashed into a residence in the Rosewood neighborhood, half a mile from the airport. That pilot died. It certainly worries those living nearby. 

For Ball, this is something she’s dealt with before “This is the second time I’ve seen or heard of a crash in this area. That’s kind of crazy. To me, it’s scary.”

The FAA will take over the investigation to determine the cause of the crash and we will keep you updated on the pilot’s condition as we learn more. 

Navion: Accident occurred September 16, 2021 at Burlington Municipal Airport (KBUU), Racine County, Wisconsin

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Aircraft made hard landing crumpling wing.

Date: 16-SEP-21
Time: 17:08:00Z
Aircraft Make: NAVION
Aircraft Model: NAVION
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: BURLINGTON
State: WISCONSIN

Boeing 737-724 (WL), N38727: Incident occurred October 22, 2021 near Madison-Dane County Regional Airport (KMSN), Wisconsin

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Aircraft struck a bird causing damage to windshield.  

United Airlines


Date: 22-OCT-21
Time: 02:41:00Z
Regis#: N38727
Aircraft Make: BOEING
Aircraft Model: 737
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: COMMERCIAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 121
Aircraft Operator: UNITED AIRLINES
Flight Number: UAL1928
City: MADISON
State: WISCONSIN

Cessna 177 Cardinal, N3388T: Accident occurred October 16, 2021 in White Swan, Yakima 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; Spokane, Washington 


Location: White Swan, WA
Accident Number: WPR22LA017
Date & Time: October 16, 2021, 14:30 Local
Registration: N3388T
Aircraft: Cessna 177 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N3388T
Model/Series: 177 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operator: 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: 
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation: KOMK,1300 ft msl 
Observation Time: 14:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 28 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C /4°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 11 knots / , 200°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.95 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: 
Destination:

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: In-flight
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 46.367694,-120.80904 (est)

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