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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 31201
Last updated: 31 August 2020
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Time:13:15 PST
Type:Silhouette image of generic C206 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna U206E
Registration: N1460M
C/n / msn: U20601460
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Renton, King County, Washington -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Renton, Washington
Destination airport:Renton Municipal Airport (RNT/KRNT)
Investigating agency: NTSB
On March 20, 1996, approximately 13:15 Pacific standard time, the commercial pilot/owner of a Cessna U206E floatplane, N1460M, became incapacitated while on a local personal flight out of Renton, Washington. The non-pilot-rated passenger took the controls of the aircraft and, at 13:24, contacted the Renton air traffic control tower (ATCT) for assistance. A Renton ATCT air traffic controller who was also a certificated flight instructor (CFI) subsequently "talked the passenger down" to a landing at Renton.

At approximately 13:39, during the passenger's landing attempt, the float plane landed hard on the asphalt/concrete surface of Renton runway 15 and was substantially damaged. The passenger received a minor injury. The 46-year-old pilot was pronounced dead at the scene. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and there was no record of a flight plan having been filed.

The airplane wreckage was examined at the accident site on March 20, 1996. The examination of the wreckage revealed a set of two parallel, curved ground scrapes, spaced approximately the distance between the floats apart, starting at a point about 321 feet beyond the approach end of runway 15 and continuing to the aircraft. A series of 12 slash marks in the runway pavement, oriented approximately perpendicular to the ground scrapes, was located along the path of the scrapes with the first slash about 28 feet past the initiation point of the ground scrapes.

The pavement scrapes exited the right edge of the runway at approximately the intersection of the runway and the far edge of taxiway H. At this point, the ground scrapes continued in the grass along an arc from the pavement scrapes' point of pavement exit to the aircraft, which was headed approximately southwest. The aircraft had come to rest on the east edge of the west parallel taxiway, just beyond taxiway H. The total distance along the runway from the start of the ground scrapes to the point on the runway abeam the aircraft, as measured by Renton police, was 566 feet.

The airplane's floats were collapsed, with the right float being collapsed up against the fuselage. The right wing tip was in contact with the ground and the right wing was buckled upward at about mid-span. All three propeller blade tips were curled. No evidence of airframe or engine malfunction occurring prior to the event was observed.

King County Medical Examiner's (KCME) investigators at the scene informed the NTSB investigator-in-charge (IIC) that an unlabeled bottle of pills had been found on the pilot's person. In a subsequent telephone conversation with the KCME pathologist assigned to the case, the pathologist expressed the opinion to the NTSB IIC that the pills visually resembled nitroglycerin tablets.


1. NTSB Identification: SEA96FA071 at

Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
19-Mar-2015 17:35 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]

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