NTSB: Pilot Avoided Several Buildings During Skiatook Crash Landing

Friday, August 19th 2016, 2:25 pm
By: Richard Clark

The National Transportation Safety Board says the pilot of a plane that made a crash landing last weekend had to avoid buildings during the maneuver.

The single-engine Cessna TU206B landed in a field at about 11 a.m. on August 13, 2016.

The plane was registered to the pilot who used it for the Gypsy Moth Skydive company based in Benton, Kansas, according to the NTSB's Preliminary Report on the incident.

The NTSB says the pilot had six passengers on board and had just taken off from Skiatook Municipal Airport when the incident happened.

8/13/2016: Related Story: Small Airplane Makes Hard Landing In Field North Of Skiatook

The airplane was climbing through about 1,000 feet when the engine lost power, according to the NTSB. The pilot headed toward a field and avoided several buildings before setting the plane down, the investigator said.

The impact buckled the fuselage and tore off the nose gear. Some of the passengers were treated at a hospital but all survived.

Osage County Sheriff's deputies said the group was in town to attend a wedding and wanted to do some skydiving. They had finished a successful jump and were heading up for a second when the crash happened.

The NTSB typically issues three reports on a crash; the preliminary, the factual and the probable cause. It can take years for the board to complete an investigation.