Sunday, April 18, 2021

Piper PA-22-135 Pacer, N3023M: Accident occurred April 14, 2021 in Pullman, Whitman 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

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Location: Pullman, WA
Accident Number: WPR21LA159
Date & Time: April 14, 2021, 18:30 Local
Registration: N3023M
Aircraft: Piper PA22 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper 
Registration: N3023M
Model/Series: PA22 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC 
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation: KPUW,2551 ft msl 
Observation Time: 18:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 2 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 16°C /-3°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 11 knots / , 110°
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.13 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Pullman, WA 
Destination: Pullman, WA

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 46.74554,-117.16503 (est)

No one was injured after a small one-person aircraft crashed around 6:35 p.m. today in a farmer’s field near NW Terre View Drive and NW Marshland Street.  

A middle-aged man was piloting the aircraft, said Ryan Scharnhorst, assistant fire chief and operation officer for the Pullman Fire Department. The man was evaluated on the scene by first responders, which included one fire engine, an ambulance and two law enforcement officers. 

The aircraft was upside down when first responders arrived, he said. The aircraft received minimal damage that is easily repairable. 

The man was doing touch-and-go landings, which involves repeatedly taking off from the ground and touching down again without stopping, said Pullman Police Sgt. Todd Dow. The aircraft was moving at low speeds. 

Scharnhorst said it is possible windy weather caused, or played into, the aircraft flipping over. 

The scene was cleared around 8 p.m., he said. 

The accident had the best possible outcome, he said. No one was injured and nothing was majorly damaged. 

“It was a lucky accident,” Scharnhorst said. 


  1. Its always minimal damage when someone else is doing the maint. work

  2. Looks like a PA-20 to me or a conversion...


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