On June 15, 1998, approximately 0745 mountain daylight time, a Piper PA-25-235 "Pawnee," N8553L, registered to and operated by Western Aviation, Inc., and being flown by a commercial pilot, was destroyed during collision with terrain during an emergency descent following a total power loss on initial climb. The pilot escaped with minor injuries and a post crash fire consumed the airframe. Visual meteorological conditions existed and no flight plan had been filed. The flight, which was departing to apply fertilizer to a field, was to have been operated under 14CFR137. Use your browsers 'back' function to return to synopsisReturn to Query Page
The pilot reported that at 250 feet above ground, after taking off on runway 19 at McCarley Field, Blackfoot, Idaho, he experienced a sudden and total loss of engine power. He reported dumping the fertilizer load, and attempting to maneuver to a nearby interstate highway for an emergency landing, but lost control of the aircraft prior to ground impact. The reason for the loss of power was not determined.