Tuesday, June 09, 2020

Piper PA-22-108 Colt, N5044Z: Accident occurred June 05, 2020 at Cattaraugus County-Olean Airport (KOLE), Hinsdale, New York

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Rochester, New York


NTSB Identification: ERA20CA211
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Friday, June 5, 2020 in Olean, NY
Aircraft: Piper PA22, registration: N5044Z

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Aircraft crashed at end of runway for unknown reasons.

Date: 05-JUN-20
Time: 23:00:00Z
Regis#: N5044Z
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA22
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91

ISCHUA ─ The Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office reports the Cattaraugus County-Olean Airport is closed after a small plane crashed Friday evening.

A Piper PA-22-108 Colt aircraft was reported down on the county emergency scanner at approximately 7:15 p.m. Friday. The Ischua Volunteer Fire Department and emergency medical personnel were dispatched to the scene, which was approximately 100 yards from the airport runway.

“It was a single pilot,” said Tracy Scanlon, airport maintainer. “He didn’t land (on the runway). He was inside the airport property.”

The pilot, who Scanlon said had flown in from the Arcade/Buffalo area, was unhurt, having been evaluated by emergency medical personnel and released at the scene.

“The aircraft was severely damaged, obviously,” Scanlon said. The crash didn’t cause a fire, and Scanlon said that Bruce Crandell, airport manager, told her it was the smallest crash site he had ever seen.

Federal Aviation Administration investigators were expected at the site Monday to continue the investigation conducted by the New York State Police.

Neither the Sheriff’s Office nor New York State Police were available for comment.


OLEAN, New York — A small airplane crashed at the end of a runway on Friday evening in Olean, though no one was injured. 

The pilot was the only one onboard and was treated and released at the scene.

There is no word yet on a cause.

The Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office said the runway was closed after the crash as New York State Police investigated the scene. The plane landed why of the runway by about 400 yards.

The airport closed at 7:06 p.m., according to the sheriff's office, as officials attempted to recover the plane.


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