La Center Plane Crash

A single-engine propeller plane sits in a pond in the Daybreak area following the discovery of its crash April 29.

The preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board on the April 29 plane crash that left two Clark County pilots dead in the Daybreak area shows the path the plane took but offers no cause.

On May 15, the NTSB published the preliminary report to their website database that details evidence gathered in the crash that killed pilot, Milo Kays, 73, of Camas, and his passenger Dennis Kozacek, 70, of Ridgefield. Their plane was discovered by another pilot around 4:15 p.m. April 29, who alerted authorities.

Though the report noted no flight plan was filed, it showed that after departing Grove Field Airport in Camas shortly after 2 p.m. The plane was headed northwest toward the Daybreak airfield, coming in close to one of the runways as of the last radar reading available, recorded at about 2:14 p.m. When the plane was found, it was about 1,000 feet south of the approach side of one of the runways.

The report noted that “(n)o radio communications between the airplane and any Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) air traffic control facilities have been located.” The weather at the time of the flight was clear skies and light winds.

The report stated that the plane was built in 1990 by Kays and as of the last available information from March 2017 he had 1,500 hours of total flight experience. The flight was a part of a biennial flight review for Kays, overseen by Kozacek, a certified flight instructor, who himself had 20,000 hours of flight experience as of August 2018.

Previously NTSB Public Affairs Officer Peter Knudson said that a full investigation report could take two years to complete

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