Accident Cessna 177B Cardinal N34903, Wednesday 12 June 2024
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Date:Wednesday 12 June 2024
Type:Silhouette image of generic C177 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Cessna 177B Cardinal
Owner/operator:Skyraider Aero Club
Registration: N34903
MSN: 17702077
Year of manufacture:1974
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:near Elk River Airport (ID85), Elk River, ID -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Spokane-Felts Field, WA (SFF/KSFF)
Destination airport:Elk River Airport, ID (ID85)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities
On June 12, 2024, about 1006 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna 177B, N34903, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Elk River, Idaho. The pilot was fatally injured, and the two passengers were seriously injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

According to preliminary ADS-B data, the airplane departed Felts Field Airport (SFF), Spokane, Washington and flew southeast toward Elk River Airport (ID85), Elk River, Idaho. As the airplane approached ID85, it overflew the community of Elk River, south of the approach end of runway 17, then made a turn to the northwest. The flight track data ended about 1 mile north of ID85.

According to a surviving passenger who is also pilot rated, the pilot had planned to fly the airplane from SFF to ID85, and then return to SFF. After departure from SFF, he requested and received flight following from Air Traffic Control (ATC), which was maintained until he had ID85 in sight. The pilot and passenger discussed a plan to approach ID85 from the south to inspect the runway, climb to the north, followed by a turn to return for a landing on runway 17. The passenger estimated that the airplane overflew the airport at about 700 ft above ground level (agl) and reported that the airplane was configured with full throttle and the flaps retracted. While climbing to the north, the pilot stated, “it’s just not climbing; I don’t like this” and verified that the airplane’s engine power was set to full. He slowed the airplane, attempting to increase its rate of climb and the passenger recalled that they did not have room to turn around before the airplane impacted trees. A post-crash fire ensued.

Examination of the accident site revealed that the airplane impacted trees and came to rest inverted, at an elevation of about 3,755 ft mean sea level (MSL) about 5.5 miles north of ID85 in mountainous terrain. The first identified point of contact was a 120 ft tall tree located 114 ft west of the main wreckage. The debris path was about 103 ft long and oriented on a magnetic heading of 086°. The fuselage was oriented on a magnetic heading of 153°, across a downed tree, on a 45° slope. All major components of the airplane were located throughout the debris path.

The wreckage was recovered to a secure facility for further examination.


At 09:53 LT: KPUW 121653Z AUTO 26009KT 230V330 10SM CLR 15/04 A3013 RMK AO2 SLP197 T01500044
At 10:53 LT: KPUW 121753Z AUTO 26009G15KT 10SM CLR 16/04 A3013 RMK AO2 SLP200 T01560044 10156 20083 51006

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: 
Status: Preliminary report
Download report: Preliminary report


NTSB (photo)


Revision history:

13-Jun-2024 07:15 Captain Adam Added
13-Jun-2024 13:16 Captain Adam Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Category]
13-Jun-2024 13:43 Captain Adam Updated [Registration, Source]
10-Jul-2024 02:19 Captain Adam Updated [Time, Source, Damage, Narrative, Category, Accident report]

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