General Category => General Helio Discussion => : Doug Johnson June 08, 2015, 08:48:43 AM

: c/n 1718, N68889
: Doug Johnson June 08, 2015, 08:48:43 AM
4 pictures check your albums. Please do an internet search maybe you'll come up with one I couldn't find, I need all the help I can get.

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c/n 1718, built 09/74 as model HT-295, original registry N68889 John Roberts SC (dealer) sold 05/75, Phillip Rust GA sold '86, Azzar Store Equip (Michael Azzar) MI sold '90, (N295JM ntu) Jim Meier (1st of 3) OR sold '91, registry remains N68889 Dal Briar corp (John Brittingham) Dallas, TX sold '95, High Test inc (John Brittingham) TX accident aircraft took off from grass strip for a local flight around the ranch. The pilot selected 30o of flaps and became airborne prior to reaching the midfield point of the 2,600' runway. He stated that the aircraft climbed to approximately 100' above the ground and the climb subsided until the aircraft nearly leveled off as it was headed towards rising terrain. He retracted the flaps to 20o to improve the climb performance and maintained controlled flight as he managed to avoid the larger trees while looking for an open area. Control was lost as the pilot slowed the aircraft prior to impacting trees, A 10 to 20 kt headwind prevailed and the pilot stated that a downdraft was ‘created by the effect of the wind blowing over the ridge line'. Several workers at the ranch witnessed the aircraft attempting to climb in the direction of rising terrain without gaining altitude. The aircraft remained intact after crash/landing in the trees but there was a post crash fire @ Llano TX 11/95, post crash fire destroyed the a/c, canceled reg 03/97

edit destroyed I wonder if the salvage is still sitting out at the ranch? Anyone know John Brittingham?

This accident is interesting to me I had a similar thing happen to me with an ultralight when I descended into a narrow canyon with an even narrower turn on the downhill end, it took me over an hour to get out of the canyon. I was pretty low on fuel before it was finally over.

As always any further information or pictures would be greatly appreciated.

Photo by Jim Meier (Larry Teufel @ Grand Rapids, MI 1/90)
#1718, middle #1261, left  #1251, right
: Re: c/n 1718, N68889
: cmeier July 28, 2015, 07:01:56 PM
Likely no salvage remains to speak of.  I remember hearing about this crash shortly after it happened.  What was left out of the accident description above was that the plane ended up intact in the trees, but after the 4 occupants had escaped the plane, there was a post crash fire that totally consumed the wreckage .
: Re: c/n 1718, N68889
: Doug Johnson July 28, 2015, 10:36:06 PM
Thanks, edited accident
: Re: c/n 1718, N68889
: Doug Johnson August 22, 2020, 07:31:33 AM
I found three pictures of N68889 at Flicker Pictures.
: Re: c/n 1718, N68889
: JimMeier August 24, 2020, 07:32:20 PM
The pictures are of N68889 at our ranch on the John Day River in eastern Oregon and Copalis Beach on the Washington Coast. The plane crashed at a ranch in Texas after we sold it
Jim Meier
: Re: c/n 1718, N68889
: JimMeier August 24, 2020, 07:35:41 PM
Picture in first picture with red jacket on is Larry Teufel in Grand Rapids, Michigan where we purchased Gelio.
Jim Meier
: Re: c/n 1718, N68889
: Doug Johnson August 25, 2020, 11:15:09 AM
Jim, Thanks for the reply.
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: cmeier August 31, 2020, 05:40:57 PM
2nd & 4th photos @ Copalis Beach Airport (S16), the only authorized beach airport in the US.  Airport is underwater during very high tides.  GREAT razor clam digging as it's not easy to access from the ground. Even got a good shot of me in the white sweatshirt (way more hair than I have today however!)