FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Columbus FSDO-07
NTSB Identification: CEN16LA311
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, August 06, 2016 in Cardington, OH
Aircraft: CESSNA 180, registration: N2601Y
Injuries: 1 Serious.
This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
On August 6, 2016, about 1645 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 180E airplane, N2601Y, impacted terrain near Cardington, Ohio. The commercial rated pilot received serious injuries and the airplane was destroyed during the accident. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual, under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector reported that the pilot was landing on a small private airstrip. The airplane continued past the end of the runway, and impacted a small building. The pilot managed to exit the airplane, before a post-crash fire engulfed the airplane. The inspector added that the airplane was destroyed by the impact and fire, and that the airplane had recent engine work done.
The airplane was retained for further examination.
One person was injured when a single engine aircraft crashed into a field near 3226 Twp. Rd. 152, in Cardington.
At approximately 4:30 pm today, emergency crews responded to a call of a single engine plane crash that was engulfed in flames.
The pilot of the Cessna, Joe Dreyer, was able to exit the aircraft and walk to an ambulance under his own power. According to the pilot’s sister Lois Rogers, Dreyer suffered burns on his arm and other minor injuries. He was transported by Delaware EMS to The Ohio State University Wexner Burn Center.
Dreyer is a known local small aircraft pilot and has been flying for over 35 years. This is his first accident, according to his sister. He has a small airstrip and hangar on his property.
One witness at the scene described hearing unusual engine noises before hearing the crash.
Rogers said that Dreyer may have been experiencing engine trouble as she heard him gunning the engine before flying beyond the end of the runway where he clipped a small metal barn which flipped the aircraft and caused it to crash.
There were no other passengers on board. The crash is under investigation by the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
Responding to the scene were multiple units from the Morrow County Sheriff’s Office, Delaware EMS, Elm Valley Fire District, Cardington Fire Department and the Cardington Police Department.