Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Sonex Waiex, N51YX: Fatal accident occurred August 09, 2022 in Maxwell, Colusa 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.

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board

Investigator In Charge (IIC): Hodges, Michael

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Sacramento, California 


Location: Maxwell, California
Accident Number: CEN22FA375
Date and Time: August 9, 2022, 11:06 Local 
Registration: N51YX
Aircraft: Sonex Aircraft Waiex 
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On August 9, 2022, about 1106 pacific daylight time, a Sonex Aircraft Waiex airplane, N51YX, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Maxwell, California. The pilot sustained fatal injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

A preliminary review of Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) data showed that the airplane departed runway 13 at the Colusa County Airport (O08), Colusa, California, about 1027. The airplane traveled to the north of Colusa and then traveled to the west. After the airplane crossed the I-5 highway, the airplane traveled to the north of Maxwell, California, where the ADS-B data terminated in a remote area populated with fields used for agricultural work.

The airplane came to rest nose down, in a flat dirt field. The wreckage sustained fire damage.

The wreckage was recovered from the accident site for a future examination.

The estimated density altitude for the accident site was 1,449 ft above msl.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Sonex Aircraft 
Registration: N51YX
Model/Series: Waiex 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
Operator: On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code: None
  
Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KOVE,187 ft msl 
Observation Time: 10:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 29 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 25°C /14°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / , 150°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.95 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Colusa, CA (O08)
Destination: Maxwell, CA

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Fire: On-ground
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: Unknown
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal 
Latitude, Longitude: 39.378551,-122.22683 (est)

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. 



According to a press release issued Thursday, August 11, by the Colusa County Sheriff’s Office, the pilot who was killed in an aircraft crash on Tuesday has been identified as Jack Davis of Sacramento.

As reported yesterday in The Observer, at about 10:55 a.m. on Tuesday, August 9, Glenn County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the area of County Roads 71 and F for a report of a downed aircraft. The location of the crash was soon determined to be in Colusa County, just south of the Colusa-Glenn County line.

Besides the Glenn County Sheriff’s Office, the Colusa County Sheriff’s Office, the Willows Fire Department, the Maxwell Fire Department, and Enloe Ambulance also responded.

The Glenn County Sheriff’s log gave the tail number, or N-number, of the plane: N51YX. This number can guide one to numerous websites with useful information.

The aircraft was a 2007 Sonex Waiex, a fixed-wing single-engine plane. The builder (and, apparently, longtime owner) of this kit plane was Raymond A. Krause of Sacramento and Colusa.

Apparently since June 4, the plane was co-owned by Jack R. Davis of Sacramento and Clinton B. Jewett of Colusa. According to Thursday’s press release from the Colusa County Sheriff’s Office, the pilot who was killed was Jack Rodney Davis, 73.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) were notified and have taken over the investigation. The Colusa County Sheriff’s Office asks that anyone with information call Lt. Jose Ruiz at 530-458-0200.


Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances and post crash fire. 

Date: 09-AUG-22
Time: 18:06:00Z
Regis#: N51YX
Aircraft Make: SONEX
Aircraft Model: WAIEX
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Total Fatal: 1
Flight Crew: 1 Fatal
Pax:  0
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: DESTROYED
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91
City: MAXWELL
State: CALIFORNIA

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. 




COLUSA COUNTY, California — One person is dead after a plane crash in Colusa County.

The Colusa County Sheriff's Office responded to a reported plane crash near McDermott Road and the Glenn-Colusa County line in Maxwell just after 11 a.m. 

Arriving first responders found the crash and confirmed that the pilot was dead at the scene.

The cause of death has not been determined at this time, and the investigation into the crash is ongoing. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.

Anyone with information regarding the crash can call Lt. J. Ruiz at (530) 458-0200.

WILLOWS — The pilot of a small plane died in a crash Tuesday near McDermott Road by the Glenn and Colusa county line, according to a press release from the Colusa County Sheriff’s Office. 

The Willows Fire Department along with Glenn County Sheriff’s Office responded to the plane crash with fire around 11:06 a.m. 

The Colusa County Sheriff’s Office along with the Maxwell Fire Department were also dispatched. 

Fire crews put flames out while trying to preserve the crash site. 

Lt. Jose Ruiz of the Colusa County Sheriff’s Office said that the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration investigators would not be out until Wednesday and a deputy would be at the site overnight.

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