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Inspection Detail

Inspection: 111385696 - Cascade Flight Inc

Inspection Information - Office: Washington Region 1

Nr: 111385696Report ID: 1055310Open Date: 04/29/1992

Cascade Flight Inc
2052 Airport Way
Bellingham, WA 98225
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 8299/Schools and Educational Services, Not Elsewhere Classified

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:N
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:05/06/1992
Close Case:09/30/1992

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth

Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 1 1
Current Violations 1 1
Initial Penalty $1,500 $0 $0 $0 $0 $1,500
Current Penalty $250 $0 $0 $0 $0 $250
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 0240002003 A 06/04/1992 05/06/1992 $250 $1,500 $0 06/19/1992 Y - State Decision

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 170239784Event: 04/23/1992Employee Killed In Plane Crash
On April 22, 1992, Employee #1 was piloting a Cessna 172 on a part 135 FAA charter and attempting to land at the Shaw Island Airstrip. Employee #1 was attempting an uphill, and to the north, landing with an accompanying tail wind. Partway through the landing attempt, without having touched down, Employee #1 decided to do a go-around. The aircraft made contact with the tall trees surrounding the airfield and crashed. Employee #1 and his passenger were transferred to St. Joseph Hospital in Bellingham, WA. The next day Employee #1 died of closed head injuries. His passenger was released from the hospital and is back at work. The Shaw Island Airstrip is a difficult field to land at because it is 1,800 ft long, uphill to the north, and surrounded by tall trees. It is a one way in and one way out airfield and go-arounds are not permitted. In addition, there was an estimated tail wind of 10 to 15 knots. When the FAA and NTSB examined the aircraft, the flaps were extended 30 to 40 ft and the carburetor heat was on.
Keywords: aircraft, head, high wind, airport, work rules, struck against, tree, concussion, slope
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 111385696 Fatality Concussion Occupation not reported

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