Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP, N2164Z: Accident occurred March 23, 2021 near Paine Field (KPAE), Everett, Snohomish County, Washington

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; Seattle, Washington 

Boeing Employees Flying Association Inc

Location: Everett, WA 
Accident Number: WPR21LA140
Date & Time: March 23, 2021, 09:00 Local
Registration: N2164Z
Aircraft: Cessna 172S
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On March 23, 2021, about 0900 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna 172S airplane, N216Z, sustained substantial damage when it was involved in an accident at near Everett, Washington.

The pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot stated that he departed Paine Field (PAE), Everett, Washington with the intended destination of Yakima, Washington. He arrived at the airport early in the morning and determined that the fuel tanks were about three-quarter full on each wing (looking at the fuel gauges). He then attempted to top off both tanks at the self-serve fuel station but determined that the tanks were nearly full.

During takeoff roll, the airplane accelerated to about 55 knots at which point he rotated and began the initial climb. Several seconds later, with the airplane about 100 ft above ground level, the engine began to sputter. The pilot transmitted to the control tower that he was experiencing an engine failure and made a left turn in an attempt to land on the smaller parallel runway to the east. At that time, the engine experienced a total loss of power and he was unable to maintain altitude.

During the emergency landing, the airplane collided with the trees and came to rest about 500 feet east of the threshold for runway 34L with the nose pointing in the opposite direction of travel. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N2164Z
Model/Series: 172S Aircraft
Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Pilot school (141)
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Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor 
Latitude, Longitude: 47.907317,-122.28209 (est)

EVERETT, Washington -- A small plane crashed at Paine Field Tuesday morning but luckily no one was hurt.

The Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP crashed just after taking off from Runway 16 Right around 9 a.m., according to the FAA.

The pilot was able to walk away uninjured after the crash, according to Kent Patton, spokesperson for Paine Field Airport.

There is also no word yet what caused the crash. The FAA will be investigating.


  1. Location of impact: https://www.google.com/maps/place/47%C2%B053'47.2%22N+122%C2%B016'52.9%22W/@47.896451,-122.2835557,608m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d47.8964444!4d-122.2813611

    So close, but no points awarded for closeness

  2. He gets major points for not stalling and spinning which is why he was able to walk away from this.

  3. Agreed, points for not stall-spinning. That was an awfully abrupt left turn at a low airspeed/altitude; he managed his potential energy well. It's a damn good thing he wasn't using 16L - things likely wouldn't have turned out as well as they did.