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NTSB Releases Preliminary Report on Fatal McCall Aviation Crash in Idaho

“On November 6, 2013 about 0910 mountain standard time, a Cessna 206, N206KL, impacted terrain about 10 miles east of Donnelly, Idaho. The commercial pilot and two passengers were fatally injured; the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to Wilderness Aircraft I LLC and operated by McCall Aviation Inc., under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 135 as a charter flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which operated on a company flight plan. The flight originated from McCall Municipal Airport (MYL), McCall, Idaho, at 0900 with a destination of Lower Loon Creek Airport (C53), Challis, Idaho. The airplane was the subject of an Alert Notice (ALNOT) when the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center received notification of an activated emergency locator transmitter (ELT) southwest of MYL. Weather initially hindered the search and rescue operations. The airplane was located on November 8, 2013, at an elevation of about 8,000 feet mean sea level on steep, densely wooded, and snowy terrain. The nearest weather reporting facility, MYL, was located about 14 miles to the northwest of the accident sight. At 1551, on November 6, weather was reported as calm wind, 9 statute miles of visibility, few clouds at 300 feet above ground level (agl), broken clouds at 2,500 feet agl, and overcast clouds at 3,200 feet agl. The temperature was -1 degrees C, and dew point was -2 degrees C, with an altimeter setting of 30.29 inches of mercury. The airplane was recovered to a secure location for further examination.” (Source: https://www.ntsb.gov/)

The pilot has been identified as Dan Wilson, and the passengers were Mike Wolf and Steve Hall, both from Washington. The links embedded below provide preliminary news coverage of this flight-related tragedy and we at Pilot Law, P.C. are actively investigating this unfortunate incident. We are keenly sympathetic to affected parties in tragedies such as this, having litigated dozens like it in courts throughout the country and abroad and being pilots ourselves.  In cases such as this, affected parties may have legal recourse against various entities, including the aircraft and/or component manufacturers and the owner/operator of the aircraft. We at Pilot Law, P.C. bring years’ of experience and expertise to bear and will diligently and relentlessly pursue the truth on behalf of the victims and their families.