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Cessna 208B Grand Caravan, N903DP: Incident occurred March 23, 2022 at Orcas Island Airport (KORS), Eastsound, San Juan County, Washington

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Seattle, Washington

Aircraft had problem with acceleration after takeoff, set back down and went off runway into marshy area. 

Kenmore Air


Date: 23-MAR-22
Time: 22:24:00Z
Regis#: N903DP
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 208
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 135
Aircraft Operator: KENMORE AIR EXPRESS
Flight Number: KEN8151

Orcas Island Fire and Rescue career and volunteer staff responded with the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office yesterday afternoon to reports of a downed aircraft south of the airport. 

Fire and EMS crews arrived to find a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan intact with damage to the propeller located in a grass field adjacent to the airport just south of Mount Baker Road. 

Crews worked quickly to assess patients and prepare for fire suppression, if needed. 

No injuries were reported by the pilot or the nine passengers onboard and there was no fire development. 

The aircraft, which was on all wheels and had not gained altitude, reportedly experienced a mechanical power failure at takeoff causing it to continue through the fence and across the road, where it came to a stop in the field.

The cause of the incident is under investigation. 

Orcas Island Fire and Rescue first responders routinely complete training exercises for incidents such as this, ensuring personnel are equipped and ready to respond to all incidents. If you are interested in becoming an EMT or Firefighter with Orcas Island Fire and Rescue, visit to learn more. 

San Juan County deputies and Orcas Island EMS responded to a plane incident at the Orcas Island Airport late Wednesday afternoon, March 23.

The plane, a Cessna Grand Caravan, may have experienced a mechanical power failure at takeoff. Unable to gain altitude, the plane, still on all wheels, continued through the fence before stopping in the field south of the airport.

First responders quickly assessed patients and prepared for any possibility of a fire. No injuries were reported by the pilot or the nine passengers onboard, and there was no fire development. The cause of the incident is under investigation.

Kenmore Air

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