Saturday, September 17, 2022

Van's RV-6A, N992KS: Fatal accident occurred September 14, 2022 in Preston, Franklin County, Idaho

National Transportation Safety Board - Accident Number: WPR22FA347 

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Salt Lake City

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances.  

Date: 14-SEP-22
Time: 23:18:00Z
Regis#: N992KS
Aircraft Make: VANS
Aircraft Model: RV6
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Total Fatal: 2
Flight Crew:  1 Fatal
Pax: 1 Fatal
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91

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

Franklin County Idaho Sheriff's Office - 

At approximately 10:50 a.m. today our office received a report of a possible downed aircraft, east of Preston, near the Franklin County and Bear Lake County line. It has not been confirmed at this point and both Counties have Search and Rescue and Law Enforcement members on the ground in the area. There are no other details at this time. As more information is known we will add to this release.

UPDATE: The aircraft has been located in Franklin County. There are two victims that are deceased. Recovery is in process. No other details will be released until tomorrow. Please respect the privacy of the victims families. Please keep those families and the first responders that will be up there most of the night in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you.

UPDATE # 2: We are still waiting to make sure all family members have been notified before releasing the names of the deceased victims. The victims have been identified as husband and wife and are from Oregon. They were in the process of going on several cross country flights. At the time of the crash they were enroute from Boise, Idaho to Rock Springs, Wyoming. We still have a recovery team on scene.. Appropriate investigators are enroute here and are expected to be on scene today. We again express our heartfelt sympathies to the family and friends of the victims. We also continue to offer thoughts and prayers for the safety of our vigilant first responders. Thank you.

UPDATE # 3. Release of names of the deceased victims.

Pilot: Jerry N. Trolard, 63 YOA, From Vale Oregon

Passenger: Margaret R. Trolard, 68 YOA, From Vale Oregon

All investigators are or have been to the crash scene. Our investigation and recovery are completed. As Sheriff of Franklin County, I want to personally thank all that assisted with the searching and recovery operation. Many put their own safety and time aside and gave many hours. This was a hard event to get through. Once again we send our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the Trolard's.

Sheriff David Fryar
Franklin County


  1. Prelim is out on N992KS. Private pilot certificate issued Sep 8, 2018. Non instrument rated. Lots of cloud cover. Pilot was not builder.