Sunday, April 18, 2021

Piper PA-22-160 Pacer, N3551Z: Accident occurred April 15, 2021 at Cottonwood Airport (P52), Yavapai County, Arizona

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; Scottsdale, Arizona

Location: Cottonwood, AZ 
Accident Number: WPR21LA160
Date & Time: April 15, 2021, 11:00 Local 
Registration: N3551Z
Aircraft: Piper PA-22-160 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper 
Registration: N3551Z
Model/Series: PA-22-160 
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: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KPRC,5052 ft msl
Observation Time: 00:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 20 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 11°C /-9°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 11 knots / , 170°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.91 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: 

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: 34.730729,-112.03502 (est)

COTTONWOOD, Arizona  — A single-engine plane suffered a hard landing and some damage Thursday morning at Cottonwood Municipal Airport.

First-responders were quickly on-scene. Cottonwood Police Cmdr. Chris Dowell said the pilot was the only occupant and not seriously injured enough to require being transported by ambulance.

Dowell also said the plane did not leak any fluids during the hard landing. He said the National Transportation Safety Board has been notified.

Cottonwood Police Sgt. Chad Sinn said an officer who was on-scene discovered the airplane had a single occupant who sustained no injuries.

Sinn said the pilot reportedly said that during the landing, the rear end of the light, two-seat aircraft swung around on him, causing the plane to spin out of control and crash. He said the cause of the collision is still under investigation.

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