Cessna 208B Airplane Crash in Snohomish County, Washington
November 25, 2022
On Friday, November 18, 2022, a Cessna 208B Caravan airplane crashed in Snohomish County, Washington, about 35 miles northeast of Seattle, killing all aboard the flight. There were four people onboard the Cessna 208B aircraft including two pilots, both of whom had over 10,000 flight hours, an instrument engineer and a flight test director. The Cessna plane was being flown as part of a testing phase prior to undergoing modifications by Seattle-based Raisbeck Engineering, a company that designs, develops, and certifies aircraft safety. The Cessna Caravan crashed into a field southeast of the city of Snohomish.
The four people on board were identified as Nate Lachendro of Gig Harbor, Washington, Nathan Precup of Seattle, Washinton, David Newton of Wichita, Kansas and Scott Brenneman of Roy, Washinton. Kenmore Air posted on social media that although “performing a test flight for another local aviation company” Brenneman was the Kenmore Air Express chief pilot and had been flying with the company since 2006.
The Cessna 208B Caravan - powered by a Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-140 engine, departed from Renton Municipal Airport (RNT/KRNT) in Renton, Washington and was to land there following the testing.
Cessna 208B Snohomish Crash In the Media
According to a KOMO News report, investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) believe the right wing of the Cessna 208B separated from the plane midair before the crash. The NTSB will be looking at the history of the plane, pilot certifications and maintenance records. The flight wreckage was taken to a facility to be reconstructed. A preliminary report is expected in the next few weeks.
Cessna, now owned by Textron Aviation, is one of the highest-volume and most diverse producers of general aviation aircraft in the world. Founded in 1927 and purchased by General Dynamics in 1985, it has been part of Textron, Inc. since 1992. In March 2014, when Textron purchased the Beechcraft and Hawker Aircraft corporations, Cessna ceased operations as a subsidiary company and joined the others as one of the three distinct brands produced by Textron Aviation. Textron is based in Providence, Rhode Island.
Kreindler Lawyers’ Experience with Cessna Crashes
Kreindler aviation accident attorneys have handled many cases involving Cessna aircraft including cases involving flight control system failures and/or structural failures, as appear to be involved here. Among our previous Cessna cases is the tragic crash of a Cessna Citation II 550 business jet in which an emergency medical transplant team including two surgeons, two perfusionists, and two pilots were killed while transporting organs and en route to a patient awaiting a lung transplant at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI.
Kreindler also filed suit on behalf of a New York family following the tragic crash of a Cessna R182 in New Fairfield, Connecticut which killed the pilot and his wife. The airplane lost all engine power and was determined to require an emergency landing before it crashed. The investigation revealed critical defects to the engine that the defendants had been aware of.
Kreindler prevailed against Cessna in a bird strike case following a Cessna 172S fatal crash in Texas.
Kreindler was successful in another Cessna case in which a pilot instructor crashed into a wooded area after experiencing a total loss of engine power.
Focusing its practice on aviation accidents since 1950, no law firm in the world has handled more cases involving Cessna airplane crashes.
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image credit: Cessna 208B airplane courtesy of Bob Adams