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Extra EA 300/L, N343BH: Fatal accident occurred July 03, 2022 near Boulder City Municipal Airport (KBVU), Clark County, Nevada

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. 

Investigator In Charge (IIC): Nixon, Albert 

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Las Vegas, Nevada


Location: Boulder City, Nevada
Accident Number: WPR22FA240
Date and Time: July 3, 2022, 08:49 Local
Registration: N343BH
Aircraft: EXTRA FLUGZEUGBAU GMBH EA 300/L 
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On July 3, 2022, about 0849 Pacific daylight time, an Extra Flugzeugbau GMBH airplane, N343BH, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Boulder City, Nevada. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 personal flight.

Recorded Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) data provided by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) showed that the accident airplane departed Henderson Executive Airport (HND), Henderson, Nevada, about 0844. The data showed the airplane on an east-southeast track and in a climb to about 4,150 ft mean sea level (msl). About 4 minutes later, the airplane was in a descent and the ground speed was rapidly decreasing. Subsequently, the airplane impacted desert terrain about 5 miles southwest of Boulder City Municipal Airport (BVU) at an elevation of about 2,050 ft msl. A post impact fire ensured that consumed most of the wreckage.

According to a witness, located near the accident site, the pilot planned to overfly their location. Witnesses observed the airplane overfly the area at a low altitude and then climb and turn back towards their location. The airplane made a second pass and after a climbing turn, the airplane nosed over. One witness described the airplane as entering a spin and spiraling towards the ground.

Examination of the accident site revealed the debris path was orientated on about a 235° heading and was about 110 ft long. The first identified point of contact was an area of disturbed dirt, which led to the area where the fuselage came to rest. Both wings and the engine separated from the fuselage during the accident sequence. All major structural components of the airplane were observed at the accident site.

The airplane was recovered to a secure facility for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: EXTRA FLUGZEUGBAU GMBH
Registration: N343BH
Model/Series: EA 300/L
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
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: KBVU,2202 ft msl
Observation Time: 08:55 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 32°C /-2°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , 270°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.83 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Boulder City, NV
Destination: Boulder City, NV

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: 35.947308,-114.86108 (est)

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances into terrain and post crash fire. 

Date: 03-JUL-22
Time: 15:14:00Z
Regis#: N343BH
Aircraft Make: EXTRA FLUGZEUGBAU
Aircraft Model: EA300
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Total Fatal: 1
Flight Crew: 1 Fatal 
Pax 0
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: BOULDER CITY
State: NEVADA

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.

Ross Scanio







A pilot killed after a small aircraft crashed near the Boulder City airport earlier July 3 has been identified as Ross Scanio.

The Clark County coroner’s office, which identified the 58-year-old on Monday, did not know his city of residence.

A single-engine EXTRA EA-300 went down shortly before 9 a.m. on terrain near U.S. Highway 95 and Spring Canyon Road, about three miles southwest of Boulder City Municipal Airport, according to the Federal Aviation Administration and the Boulder City Fire Department.

Scanio, who was the only person aboard, died at the scene, officials said.

FAA records show that the aircraft, an aerobatic plane manufactured in 1996, was registered to a Las Vegas man, who is not Scanio.

A Ross Scanio is registered with the FAA as an airline transport pilot, records show.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA were investigating the wreck, officials said.






ROSS SCANIO: Adrenaline Therapy

Written by Mariceli Serrano

The struggle of transitioning from military service to civilian life is all too familiar to Ross Scanio. The former fighter pilot served in the Marine Corps from 1985 to 2005, with two deployments under his belt. His stories of his time in service include adrenaline-filled tales of flying an F/A-18 Hornet, in the middle of enemy fire, during Desert Storm. Now, with his new company, Adrenaline Therapy, LLC, he’s using adrenaline as a way of helping other Veterans ease their transition from service to civilian life.

A Childhood Dream

“I was born in upstate New York and went to high school right outside of Chicago.”

He recalls, as a child, seeing planes take off at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, and wishing he could someday fly one.

It wasn’t until he was at Hastings College in Nebraska when he met with a Marine Corps recruiter that the childhood dream would be within reach. He was recruited to Officer Candidate School (OSC), with the guarantee of going into aviation.


A young 2nd Lt. Scanio training with a Prop T34 in NAS Whiting Field, Pensacola. Florida.


A Young Lieutenant at War

While tensions were rising in the Middle East, in 1990, Scanio was training in California.

“I got selected for the F/A Team (F/A-18 Hornet), then left in January (of 1991) to my first war. And what an overwhelming position to be in for a young guy who could potentially make every flight more dangerous just because he didn’t really know much!”

He recalls experiencing events as a young Lieutenant that he didn’t talk about until years later, but he also remembers being grateful to have been in the position to help his fellow Marines by providing air support during Desert Storm.

“I think the best hour I ever spent in the cockpit of an F-18 was on the border of Kuwait (and Iraq) with a Marine unit. They were taking incoming artillery and direct fire. There was a tower across the border (in Iraq) with some people or person spotting and adjusting fire.”

He says, as they were getting closer to the Marines, he heard someone on the radio say, ‘Be nice if somebody wants to come down here and change the outcome’ There were oil fires, making it hard to see, and the only way to see was to fly below the allowed altitude. So, he had the option to follow the rules or save his fellow Marines from incoming artillery. Reflecting on that decision, he doesn’t think he would have made a different choice, though he credits his co-pilot with keeping them both out of harm’s way.

“We formulated a plan to descend down over the Gulf. I’m racing at around 500 knots, close to 100 feet above the ground, trying not to hit the ground and trying not to get shot. Took me a number of passes to get that alignment and firing solution together and then that was the end of the incoming artillery. And to hear Marines in the background just sending cheers and good tidings. You think, ‘Yeah, that’s my mission!’”

Tough Questions

Scanio continued to serve on active duty until 1999. While he had excelled in his career as a Marine, he struggled with having missed out on time back home.

“I’m sure a lot of Veterans feel this way or have thought about this, but you’ve sacrificed a lot, you sacrifice time away from your family, the stuff we don’t think about (when we are deployed) and how they might feel while you’re in harm’s way.”

He made the decision to transfer to the Marine Corps Reserve. He also began his civilian career. He landed the opportunity of his dreams as a pilot for United Airlines, based out of O’Hare International Airport – the same airport that sparked his dreams of flying.

While he loved the opportunity, it did bring more interactions with civilians than he’d had in the past 14 years!

Shortly after the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, he began to get tough questions and criticisms from civilians.

“Questions like, ‘Where were the weapons of mass destruction?’ Or, ‘Is this “daddy’s” war?’ and ‘Why didn’t you guys finish the job when you were there?’

“You say, ‘Well, we did: The enforcement of the UN resolution to restore Kuwait to the rightful owner. And so, when we were complete with the mission, we came home.’

It’s challenging because we all don’t get the same message, nor do we all have the same frame of reference.”

The Transition

Scanio achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel before deploying one last time to Iraq during the Global War on Terror, and finally retiring after 20 years of service, in 2005. From there he found his way into corporate America and into the real struggle of the transition from Marine to civilian.

Being completely separated from service, Scanio says he began to isolate himself from family, friends, and even fellow Marines. He didn’t realize he even had a problem, which made it worse when his new business venture was unsuccessful, leaving him frustrated and having to start over, once again.

It wasn’t until a few years later, in 2009, that he finally sought help at a Vet Center in Waco, TX. The treatment made him realize his struggles had to do with traumas from his time in service. He found tremendous value in the peer support group he took part in; so much so that after his time at the Vet Center, he enrolled in a program to become a trained peer support group facilitator.

A New Community

Scanio moved to Arizona, in 2015, to be closer to his mother and brother. He sought out another combat support group to continue attending the meetings, which he found were helping put his mind at ease. Unfortunately, the social worker who was leading the meetings was being transferred to another state. Since he had the training, Scanio was approached to temporarily facilitate the meetings, rather than cancel them all together. He ended up facilitating the combat support group in Casa Grande, AZ for about 9 months until a new VA employee arrived to lead the meetings. Even then, he continued to share the duties of facilitating the meetings. He explains,

“All the Veterans who participated, including myself, looked forward to that hour. We actually found that we liked helping each other. We found a safe space.”

Scanio was also introduced to and became involved in several organizations to include a motorcycle club, the Marine Corps League, the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). He served as Commandant of the Marine Corps League Detachment 901 from 2018-2020.

“All of a sudden, you’re doing something with all of them!”

Through these organizations, he continued to help others, including kicking off a COVID Relief Program, in March of 2020, in order to provide household items and meals to those who were having a difficult time.

He found helping others to be cathartic, but not as cathartic as being in a cockpit flying over and admiring the beautiful American terrain or jumping out of a plane.

Adrenaline Therapy

While at a skydiving organization, he encountered a couple of psychiatrists who were researching sky diving as a form of therapy for Veterans with PTSD. He also came across fellow Marines who started a scuba diving program for Veterans.

“It was pretty inspiring to meet them and learn about that!”

Intrigued at the idea of using extreme sports to combat PTSD, he became involved with skydiving and scuba diving companies, as well as a racetrack; all who were offering their services to help Veterans. Seeing success among his peers, he decided he wanted to make this form of therapy more easily accessible to Veterans.

Scanio launched Adrenaline Therapy, LLC in October of 2021. He acquired a couple of HMMWVs (Humvees), which he has used to take several military Veterans on weekend excursions in the Arizona desert. He combines the thrill of off-roading and exploring the desert with moments of support group-style discussions.

“The excursion is really about an opportunity to go out in these vehicles and repurposing them, repurposing that equipment and staging ourselves out in a different desert. There’s no hustle or imminent fire. It’s a camaraderie and bonding opportunity of a positive nature, which potentially can replace some of those negative memories with positive ones.”

Scanio is also working on grants that would allow him and his partner organizations to continue to offer Adrenaline Therapy free of charge to Veterans in need. He wants other Veterans to be able to heal, the way he has and continues to heal. He also hopes that sharing his struggles with other Veterans will help to remove the stigma associated with seeking assistance with mental health.

“At the end of the day, we’re all in this together,” he says.

He looks forward to collaborating with more organizations including the VA and local psychologists, in order to help more Veterans as they transition and heal.

You can find more information on Adrenaline Therapy at Adrenaline.vet.

6 comments:

  1. right seat didn't do it for him.
    "landed the opportunity of his dreams as a pilot for United Airlines"

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  2. Rest in Peace. Semper Fi!

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  3. I will miss you forever and ever, dad. I love you.

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    1. Hi Amber. I doubt you remember but I met you many years ago when your dad I were in VMFA-323 and you were just a little girl. There was NOBODY in the world who knew or flew the F/A-18 better than him. I am very sorry for your loss and I know it is hard but this is one of those rare cases where it is true that he died doing what he loved. If you asked him whether he’d rather go in an airplane or in a hospice bed as an old man we both know what his answer would have been. It is great to see that he had turned his life to helping his fellow vets. Your family is in our prayers. God bless you.
      - Greg Bonam

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    2. Greg, Thank you for sharing that. Those words really are special to me and what you said is absolutely the truth. He was doing what he loved.

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  4. I served with Ross in the Marines. He was a great officer and one of my true friends. When I was a maintenance controller he was my officer in charge. Great guy. We also went to Key West and Alaska together.

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