Friday, March 20, 2020

Piper PA-22-108 Colt, N4837Z: Accident occurred March 16, 2020 near Ralph Wenz Field Airport (KPNA),

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. 

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Casper, Wyoming 
Piper Aircraft; Phoenix, Arizona

Location: Pinedale, WY
Accident Number: WPR20LA110
Date & Time: 03/16/2020, 1720 MDT
Registration: N4837Z
Aircraft: Piper PA22
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional 

On March 16, 2020, about 1720 mountain daylight time, a Piper PA-22-108, N4837Z, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Pinedale, Wyoming. The student pilot sustained minor injuries and the flight instructor was seriously injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 instructional flight.

The student pilot reported that the flight instructor took control of the airplane on final approach to runway 29, because the airplane was drifting to the right. The flight instructor later reported that after he took control of the airplane, he applied rudder control inputs, however, the airplane would not straighten out. The airplane impacted terrain near the runway.

A post-accident examination of the airplane revealed damage to both wings and fuselage. The airplane was recovered to a secure location for further examination.

Figure 1- Accident Site

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N4837Z
Model/Series: PA22 108
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held:None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KPNA, 7086 ft msl
Observation Time: 1015 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: -2°C / -3°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 6000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , 300°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 7500 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.06 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Pinedale, WY (PNA)
Destination: Pinedale, WY (PNA)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire:None 
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 42.796944, -109.810556 (est)

PINEDALE (WNE) – A young pilot in training and his experienced flight instructor were both injured but survived a single-engine plane crash just south of the Pinedale Airport on Monday evening, March 16th.

Riley Wilson, 18, and his instructor Fred Holden, 79, both from Pinedale, were flying in the vintage 1961 single-engine Piper with Wilson at the controls as they approached the Pinedale Airport runway from the north for a landing, according to Wyoming Highway Patrol Lt. Klief Guenther.

Something happened with the aircraft while Wilson was flying and Holden took over control but a mechanical failure made it so Holden could not control the plane, he said. At that point the plane was about 150 feet above the ground and going about 85 miles an hour, they told him. The plane’s wheel and right wing landed on the ground, tipping the propeller forward into the ground about 50 feet south of the airport’s boundary.

Guenther said neighbors saw the plane’s crash landing and called 911 and went to the scene.

The two men were taken by ambulance to the Pinedale Medical Clinic, where Wilson was treated for head and facial injuries and released. Holden was transported by medical helicopter to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center for “substantial injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening,” according to Guenther.

He noted that Holden is an “extremely experienced pilot.”

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1 comment:

  1. This appears to be the same aircraft in this photograph, circa 1987.


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