Tuesday, September 01, 2020

Piper PA-14 Family Cruiser, N4214H: Accident occurred August 30, 2020 at Anderson Lake Airport (0AK1), Wasilla, Alaska

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 Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Anchorage, Alaska

Delta Pacific Northwest LLC 

Location: Wasilla, AK 
Accident Number: ANC20LA086
Date & Time: August 30, 2020, 19:00 Local
Registration: N4214H
Aircraft: Piper PA 14
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper 
Registration: N4214H
Model/Series: PA 14 No Series
Amateur Built: No
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: PAWS,353 ft msl
Observation Time: 18:56 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 7 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 14°C /7°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 11 knots / 21 knots, 80°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 7000 ft AGL
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.1 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Anchorage, AK (PALH)
Destination: Wasilla, AK

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: 61.616943,-149.32167 (est)

On August 30th, 2020, at approximately 1912 hours, AST and Mat-Su Fire/Rescue responded to a airplane crash at Anderson Lake airstrip in Wasilla. 

The pilot, identified Michael Wurzell, age 28, of Hawaii, crashed a Piper PA-14 Family Cruiser while reportedly attempting to land. 

Michael Wurzell suffered serious non-life threatening injuries and was transported to MSRH.

The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration were notified and are taking over the investigation.

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