Monday, April 20, 2020

Zenith CH 750 Cruzer, N145WT: Accident occurred January 14, 2022 and Incident occurred April 17, 2020

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; Salt Lake City, Utah 
Viking Aircraft Engines; Edgewater, Florida

Location: Spanish Fork, Utah
Accident Number: WPR22LA080
Date and Time: January 14, 2022, 12:48 Local
Registration: N145WT
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On January 14, 2022, about 1248 mountain standard time, an experimental amateur-built Zenith 750 airplane, N145WT, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Spanish Fork, Utah. The pilot was seriously injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that this was his first flight in the accident airplane since he was involved in a prior mishap that took place in the same airplane about 18 months earlier. A few days prior to the accident flight he fast taxied the airplane down the runway to check the operability of the flight control system and engine controls prior to the accident flight. He noticed that during these passes the airplane would become airborne quickly at full power, so he chose not to advance the throttle to this position for takeoff.

According to the pilot, he transitioned the airplane into a climb after an uneventful ground run, but shortly into the airplane’s climbout, he observed a slow decay in engine power and was suddenly unable to maintain altitude. The pilot immediately started a left turn to return to his departure runway and advanced the throttle to full power, but was unsuccessful in restoring power to the engine. According to a witness, the airplane entered a steep left turn at approximately 80 ft above ground level that quickly transitioned into a nose down dive before it disappeared from view behind obstacles. The pilot stated that the airplane slowed during the turn and impacted the roof of a building during the subsequent forced landing.

Photographs of the accident site taken by the airport manager showed substantial damage to the fuselage and both wings.

The wreckage was retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: WALTER TACHIKI 
Registration: N145WT
Model/Series: TACHIKI 750 CRUZER 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KPVU, 4497 ft msl
Observation Time: 12:56 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 6 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 3°C /-3°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 6000 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 6 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.45 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Spanish Fork, UT
Destination: Spanish Fork, UT

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 40.130918,-111.65227 

Spanish Fork Public Safety

PRESS RELEASE: Small Airplane Crash

On January 14, 2022, at 12:47 PM Police, Fire, and EMS personnel were dispatched to Mountain Country Foods located at 185 East 1600 North in Spanish Fork on a report of a small airplane that had crashed into the roof of a warehouse building.

When Police, Fire, and EMS arrived Spanish Fork Fire used a ladder truck to access the roof of the building where they located a single-engine airplane.  The airplane had a single occupant who was a 77-year-old male.  The male was extricated from the plane and transported via Life Flight to a local hospital in critical condition but does not appear to have life-threatening injuries.  

The plane caused damage to the roof of the warehouse but the cost is unknown at this time.  

The cause of the crash is unknown and will be investigated by the FAA and NTSB. 

The Spanish Fork Airport is within a ¼ mile of where the crash occurred.  

Several employees were in the warehouse at the time of the accident but were uninjured.


SPANISH FORK, Utah — Police and first responders are at the scene of an airplane crash on the roof of a Spanish Fork building that sent a man to the hospital. 

An airplane crashed around 12:45 p.m. Friday afternoon near Mountain Country Foods, which is located near 185 East and 1600 North in Spanish Fork, according to a statement from the Spanish Fork Police Department.

Police, fire crews and paramedics were sent to the scene, where they used a ladder truck to get on top of the building's roof. There, they found a single-engine airplane with a 77-year-old man inside, police said.

The man was taken out of the airplane and flown via helicopter to a local hospital. He was in critical condition, though police said they don't believe his injuries were considered to be life-threatening. Several employees were working in the building at the time of the crash, though no other injuries were reported.

Police say the crash caused damage to the roof of the building, though an estimated cost of the damage was unknown. A view from KSL-TV's Chopper 5 shows a plane broken into several pieces on the roof.

The cause of the crash was not known as of Friday, and the crash will be investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration. The Spanish Fork Municipal Airport is located just northwest of the crash site.

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Salt Lake City, Utah

April 17, 2020:  Aircraft landed and veered off runway resulting with a propeller strike at Spanish Fork Airport (KSPK), Utah County, Utah.

Date: 17-APR-20
Time: 22:30:00Z
Regis#: N145WT
Aircraft Model: 750 CRUZER
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
State: UTAH

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