Epic LT Turboprop Flames Out, Ditches In OR River | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date






Airborne On ANN

Airborne 11.23.15

Airborne 11.24.15

Airborne 11.25.15

Airborne 11.19.15

Airborne 11.20.15

Airborne Hi-Def On YouTube

Airborne 11.23.15

Airborne 11.24.15

Airborne 11.25.15

Airborne 11.19.15

Airborne 11.20.15

EAA/ANN AirVenture Innovation Preview

AIP-#1 Vimeo

AIP-#2 Vimeo

AIP-Part 1 YouTube

AIP-Part 2 YouTube

Sun, Apr 26, 2009

Epic LT Turboprop Flames Out, Ditches In OR River

Two Aboard Safe In Ditching Near Shore

ANN is monitoring the details of a Friday afternoon accident in which an Epic LT Experimental Turboprop lost power at a reported altitude of 8000 feet and subsequently executed a forced landing in the Columbia River, near Astoria, Oregon.

The incident occurred at approximately 1640 local time and appears to have been a well-controlled affair. While the aircraft started sinking pretty swiftly, local Coast Guard and Law Enforcement efforts recovered both people on board and got them to medical attention. Both are reported to be in good condition and expected to recover from their injuries, completely.

Epic LT SN #25, registered as N653SB was enroute to KBFI (Boeing Field Intl) from KAST (Astoria Rgnl) when the aircraft flamed out, ditching in the river some 50 yards out from Astoria's 17th Street Pier. The rescue was conducted by Guard cutters Fir and Steadfast, which are both based in Astoria, while the Coast Guard Station at Cape Disappointment, WA, supplemented the effort with additional small boat crews. The Clatsop County Sheriff's Office also had a boat on the scene.Early reports indicate that there were minor injuries to the pilot and his passenger, the former Mayor of Astoria and the Pilot's Mother Edith Henningsgaard. Bill Henningsgaard was reported as Pilot In Command and had been flying the aircraft barely six months when the bird went down.

The Epic LT is normally configured for six seats and uses a single Pratt & Whitney PT6-67A for power. The LT's empty weight is 4200 lbs., the max take-off weight is  7329 lbs. and the aircraft has a full fuel payload of 1,200 lbs. Maximum cruise is quoted at 350 KTAS, and the Economy cruise is 289 KTAS. The pressurized aircraft's design service ceiling is 28,000 ft. The LT is an experimental design, relying on a company builder service center approach to see the very complex aircraft through to completion. This approach has come under scrutiny by the FAA in recent years and is specified as one of the reasons that the FAA pursued a review of the "51%" Amateur-Built-Experimental criteria for homebuilt aircraft.

Local news reports indicate that the Pilot is a retired Microsoft engineer while Ms. Henningsgaard was Astoria's Mayor from 1983 to 1990. The aircraft is registered to Ellumax Leasing LLC, of Medina, Washington and was placed on the civil registry December 1st of 2008. The aircraft has reportedly been flying well and recently boasted a flight in which the pilot reported an enroute ground speed of 516.35 mph on a run from Boeing Field to Bend, Oregon.  

FMI: www.epicaircraft.com


More News

Airborne 11.25.15: Blue Origin Reusable Rocket!, AMA Reacts, Transgender Pilots

Also: UK CAA, E-Fest 2015, Citizens In Space, Gulfstream G500, Dassault Falcon Jet, CFM LEAP-1A, Tuskegee's Milton Crenchaw ANN Airborne Link: /index.cfm?do=video.playVideo&vid>[...]

Klyde Morris (11.20.15)

Klyde Is SO Ready For An Upgrade... FMI: www.klydemorris.com>[...]

FlightSafety International Further Enhances Gulfstream G650 Training

Simulator Upgrades Include Autobrake Systems For Initial And Recurrent Training FlightSafety continues to enhance its Gulfstream G650 training program with upgrades to the simulato>[...]

Spirit Begins Production Of First Production RAAF P-8A

Aircraft Scheduled For Delivery In Early 2016 Spirit AeroSystems Inc. has begun production of the Royal Australian Air Force's (RAAF) first production P-8A aircraft. Spirit started>[...]

Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.30.15)

"ICARUS is going to revolutionize how we approach pilot training. It provides experience to student pilots that we cannot provide right now outside of a simulator. This product wil>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus





© 2007 - 2015 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC