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Two walk away from Tuesday afternoon plane crash near Skookumchuck

Neither of two crewmembers aboard this Cirrus SR22 was injured when the plane went down in a yard near Skookumchuck, short of the Slate Creek airfield Tuesday afternoon, July 17, according to an FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) preliminary report filed July 18. Visible at the scene was a parachute attached to the aircraft itself.

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Neither of two crewmembers aboard this Cirrus SR22 was injured when the plane went down in a yard near Skookumchuck, short of the Slate Creek airfield Tuesday afternoon, July 17, according to an FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) preliminary report filed July 18. Visible at the scene was a parachute attached to the aircraft itself.



Neither of two crewmembers aboard a Cirrus SR22 was injured when the plane went down in a yard near Skookumchuck, short of the Slate Creek airfield Tuesday afternoon, July 17, according to an FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) preliminary report filed July 18. Visible at the scene was a parachute attached to the aircraft itself.

Rep. Priscilla Giddings, an Air Force pilot who lives near where the plane went down, told the Free Press the plane landed in a neighbor’s yard.

“I want a plane with a parachute,” she exclaimed.

Ethan Klement was nearby when the plane went down, but he said he didn’t see the crash. He heard it.

“It was like a .50 cal went off right next to your head,” he said.

A Free Press attempt to contact the plane owner, listed as Kenneth W. Baard of Whitefish, Mont., according to FAA registry information, was unsuccessful.

The plane lost power short of the Slate Creek airfield.

“He was coming in and trying to make the field,” Idaho County Sheriff Doug Giddings told the Free Press July 18. “He set it down in a guy’s yard. I don’t know if he did it on purpose or what, but he missed everything, the house, the trees, put it right in the grass. … The parachute came down over the fence.”

The Free Press sought to interview the crewmembers – an adult student pilot and a middle-aged instructor pilot who were headed from the Coeur d’Alene area to McCall – but their names aren’t known to local law enforcement, the Sheriff said, as local authorities defer to the FAA on plane crashes.



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