1999 Seaplane Pilot Of The Year Lost
The FAA is investigating a seaplane accident Saturday that
claimed two lives in Oregon.
55-year-old Scott Forsberg of Gilbert, AZ was reported by family
members to be in the area to accrue some additional floatplane
flight hours. The other victim was 80-year-old Dave Wiley of Lake
Oswego, OR, an accomplished flight instructor and 1999's National
Seaplane Pilot of the Year.
Wiley held numerous pilot ratings, was a safety advisor to the
FAA, and was noted as a tough designated examiner by hundreds of
pilots who'd flown with him on their checkrides.
Witnesses told the AP the two-passenger, single-engine
Taylorcraft took off from the Willamette River toward Willamette
Falls, rose about 75 feet, wobbled in the air, and then began a
steep turn to the left before the left wing separated from the
It's not clear which pilot was at the controls.
TAYB Description: BC, BF, BL, ACE,
Date: 07/28/2007 Time: 1845
Event Type: Accident Highest Injury:
Fatal Mid Air: N Missing:
City: WEST LINN State: OR Country:
AIRCRAFT CRASHED INTO THE BANK OF THE WILLAMETTE RIVER, THE
TWO PERSONS ON
BOARD WERE FATALLY INJURED, WEST LINN, OR
INJURY DATA Total
# Crew: 2 Fat:
# Pass: 0 Fat:
Fat: 0 Ser:
WEATHER: NOT REPORTED
Activity: Unknown Phase:
Unknown Operation: OTHER
FAA FSDO: PORTLAND, OR
Entry date: 07/30/2007