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Airman Convicted of Obstruction of Accident Investigation

Terry Hoard was convicted in U.S. District Court, Portland, OR, for obstructing Federal proceedings and lying to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), in connection with an FAA investigation of an aircraft accident at Portland International Airport. Hoard, who was the pilot-in-command of the twin-engine jet involved in the accident, told FAA investigators that Sam Schnall was acting as the required second pilot for the aircraft. Hoard then asked Schnall to confirm his story when questioned, even though Schnall was not on board at the time of the accident. Hoard also lied to investigators when he said the cause of the accident was due to an engine failure during the take-off roll, when he knew that he had intentionally attempted to take off with only one engine. Hoard was sentenced to serve 16 nonworking days community confinement, 3 years probation, and was fined $1,000 and ordered to pay $475 in restitution and a $200 special assessment fee. He was also ordered to surrender his airman's certificate and cannot seek to renew it during the term of probation. This case was investigated by OIG, with assistance from FAA.