Touch-and-go landing attempted at Chiloquin Airport



CHILOQUIN, Ore. — Two people were uninjured Tuesday afternoon when their plane received minor damage attempting a touch-and-go landing on the snow-covered Chiloquin Airport runway.

A Cessna 182 attempted a touch-and-go landing at Chiloquin Airport Tuesday afternoon on the runway which was closed due to about 18 inches of piled up snow, according to Trooper Aaron Boyce.

Lt. Gregg Hastings – Oregon State Police

As the airplane’s wheels touched ground, it dug into the snow and the 31-year old pilot, Brett Hopper, couldn’t pull the plane back up as he lost control. The wings and nose of the plane hit the ground damaging the prop and wings.

The pilot and 34-year old male passenger were not injured.

  • Gabriel

    Actually, the damage was severe enough to total the aircraft.

    Brett Hopper was the PIC (Pilot In Command) giving instruction to a student pilot named Gabriel “Pillow Biter” Johnston, (The two AKA “tweedle dee and tweedle dumb”). With all the cockpit shenanigans, it would be obvious to any investigator how a 6500 hour pilot would make such a fatal mistake, unable to correct it with Gabriel’s face bobbing for his lap apples…

    When the airplane nose dived into the 18″ deep snow, Gabriel lifted his head from Brett’s lap – eyes as big as saucers wiping his mouth with the back of his hand just in time to see each wing hit the runway so hard that it bent both wing spars.

    An excerpt from the NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board);

    “After conducting a low pass over the runway to judge the height of the snow, the flight instructor elected to demonstrate a soft field touch-and-go landing. When the airplane touched down, the snow height was greater than he anticipated and the airplane slowed faster than he expected. Full power was applied and the airplane pitched forward. The airplane continued forward on its nose wheel and rolled to the right and left, striking both wings on the ground which substantially damaged both main wing spars. The pilot reported no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.” Updated on Apr 10 2013 10:06AM

    It leaves you to wonder why the companies he flies for still allow him to fly their million dollar aircraft. Needless to say, the FAA found Brett at fault, and took administrative actions against his ticket. Gabriel got away scott free because he was not the PIC – and he now waxes his bung hole.

    As for the owner of the N58677 Cessna 182, he got rich by allowing anyone to fly his aircraft as long as their money was green.