Monday, April 18, 2022

Van's RV-6A, N341SS: Accident occurred April 17, 2022 at Richland Airport (KRLD), Benton 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 

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Richland, Washington
Accident Number: WPR22LA156
Date and Time: April 17, 2022, 16:01 Local
Registration: N341SS
Aircraft: SAWBY SCOTT RV-6A 
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: SAWBY SCOTT
Registration: N341SS
Model/Series: RV-6A 
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: KRLD,394 ft msl
Observation Time: 16:15 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 14°C /-5°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 90°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.24 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: CO
Destination: Richland, WA

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 46.305975,-119.30361 

Aircraft was departing, caught a wind gust and flipped over.  

Date: 17-APR-22
Time: 23:01:00Z
Regis#: N341SS
Aircraft Make: VANS
Aircraft Model: RV6
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91

A single-engine plane crashed and flipped at the Richland Airport on Sunday afternoon.

The crash happened just before 4 p.m. at the airport operated by the Port of Benton off the Highway 240 bypass. 

Port officials at first were unable to spot the overturned plane in the brush along the runway, according to initial dispatch reports. 

The pilot reportedly called 911 for help from inside the plane.

It’s unclear if more than one person was onboard, however, there were reports that at least one person was injured. 

No information was immediately available from Richland police on Sunday. 

The airport serves regional business customers and has two paved runways, according to the port’s website.


  1. Wow the pilot got lucky - an RV6 is not the plane you want to fly upside down in.

    1. The brushes helped... would it have been hard ground it would be a different story.

    2. I meant to say "land upside down in". Woops!!

      Agree, the bushes certainly helped soften it.