On June 5, 1996, at approximately 1400 Pacific daylight time, a Grumman American AA-1B, N9875L, sustained substantial damage when it collided with trees while the pilot was attempting a go-around from an approach to Benham Airport, a private airport approximately 2 miles south of Coquille, Oregon. The private pilot, the sole occupant, received minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and no flight plan was filed for the 14 CFR 91 flight from North Bend, Oregon. Use your browsers 'back' function to return to synopsisReturn to Query Page
The pilot reported that he checked the wind sock, saw a tail wind (he indicated on his accident report that winds were from 300 degrees magnetic at 7 to 8 knots), and decided to go around "but was unable to climb out in time to clear trees." According to his accident report, the accident site was located beyond the departure end of the runway and was approximately 800 feet above sea level, or about 520 feet above the 280-foot airport elevation listed on the Klamath Falls sectional aeronautical chart. The Klamath Falls sectional chart indicates that the airport runway is 1,700 feet long and is oriented generally northwest/southeast. The pilot indicated a belief on his accident report that he waited too long to go around; he further indicated that no mechanical malfunction or failure was involved in the accident.