Green Mountain Airpark, WA Cessna 310 Crash at Takeoff Kills Pilot, Aug 1986
On the day of the fatal crash, Steve Taylor, Robert Taylor's son, said his father and mother, Marlene, 53, were heading to Phoenix to conclude some business. The other passengers were Michael Lyons, 38, 5412 N.E. 199th Ave, and Dale Rubbelke, 27, 1610 S.E. 146th Court.
The three survivors were admitted to St. Joseph Community Hospital for observation. A hospital spokesman said they suffered cuts and bruises, but no apparent severe injuries.
Sgt. Fred Kellogg of the Clark County Sheriff's Office said a caller reported hearing a plane sputter and crash about 5:56 a.m. Minutes later, one of the survivors walked to a nearby residence to report the incident.
Kellogg said rescue personnel found another survivor, a small black dog sitting on the bank of nearby Lacamas Creek.
One of the passengers, Lyons, is a pilot and told bystanders "he was watching the gauges, everything was looking fine, no sputtering or stall or anything. The next thing he knew, he was on the ground."
Steve Taylor, 29, Robert L. Taylor's son, said the foggy weather was not the kind of condition his cautious father world normally take off in.
"He taught me how to fly, and he preached against it," Steve Taylor said. "Unless he just tried to beat it and climb above it and stalled it out, I don't know."
Byron Brocker, 32, Robert Taylor's son-in-law and business partner, said Taylor had flown the plane Tuesday, taking it to Pearson Airpark and back to get a radio part. Robert Taylor had planned to fly to Phoenix Tuesday, but a business commitment kept him here, Brocker said. He said the older Taylor was a 35 year pilot.
Brocker said he and his father-in-law owned a restaurant in Portland and operated Stardust Development Co.
Source: August 6, 1986 article on front page of the Columbian, Vancouver, Washington newspaper
Robert L. Taylor, a private pilot and builder, died in an airplane crash of his Cessna 310C, Wednesday, August 6, 1986. He had just taken off from his own airport, Taylor's Green Mountain Airpark. He was 54.
Mr. Taylor was born Oct. 24, 1931, in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, and had lived in Vancouver for 30 years. He last resided at 5530 N.E. 199th Avenue.
He graduated from Vancouver High School in 1950 and served as an Army military police officer from 1952 to 1954. He worked as a Sheetrock taper in Vancouver and then founded Robert L. Taylor Drywall in Albuquerque, N.M. He returned to Vancouver and was in the construction business for 30 years. He was a past president of the Clark County Home Builders Association.
Mr. Taylor was co-owner of The Burrito House Restaurant in Portland and also owned Champion Aircraft Sales and Taylor's Green Mountain Air Park in Vancouver.
He had been a private pilot for 30 years and had logged thousands of hours air time.
Mr. Taylor enjoyed Arabian horses and was a member of the Arabian Horse Racing Association.
A crypt-side service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Good Shepherd Mausoleum, Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery. The Rev. Mike Moreland will officiate.
Memorial Gardens Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to charity.
National Transportation and Safety Board Report (https://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20001213X34...):
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 31277.
Accident occurred Wednesday, August 06, 1986 in VANCOUVER, WA
Aircraft: CESSNA 310C, registration: N310MT
Injuries: 1 Fatal, 3 Minor.
NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
PLT NOT IFR RATED. ATTEMPTED DEPARTURE FROM OWN AIRSTRIP IN FOG DURING EARLY DAWN. POSITIVE RATE OF CLIMB NOT ESTABLISHED. ACFT CONTACTED TERRAIN 3/4 MILE FROM RUNWAY END. PSGRS REPORTED NO SENSATION OF POWER PROBS, BUT COMPLETE LOSS OF GROUND REF AT LIFTOFF. PVT PLT IN RT SEAT RECALLED IND AIRSPEED JUST BEFORE GROUND CONTACT AT ABT 100 MPH. CALCULATIONS BASED ON GROUND PROP MARKS SHOW AIRSPEED AT GROUND CONTACT WAS 155 MPH. GEAR AND FLAPS RETRACTED AFTER TAKEOFF. AIRSPEED INDICATOR REMOVED AND BENCH-CHECKED; INDICATED STEADY 10 MPH LOW AT ALL SPEEDS. PITOT-STATIC SYS CHECKED CLEAR OF PRE-IMPACT DEBRIS OR FOREIGN MATERIAL. ATTITUDE GYRO DAMAGED BY IMPACT; UNABLE TO DETERMINE PRE-IMPACT NOSE ATTITUDE REFERENCE.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
PROPER CLIMB RATE..NOT ATTAINED..PILOT IN COMMAND
PLANNING/DECISION..POOR..PILOT IN COMMAND
FLIGHT INTO KNOWN ADVERSE WEATHER..INITIATED..PILOT IN COMMAND
OVERCONFIDENCE IN PERSONAL ABILITY..PILOT IN COMMAND