Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Beech C-23 Sundowner, N793Y: Accident occurred May 11, 2021 in Merrill, Lincoln County, Wisconsin

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; Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Park City Flight Training LLC

Location: Merrill, WI
Accident Number: CEN21LA213
Date & Time: May 11, 2021, 15:00 Local
Registration: N793Y
Aircraft: Beech C23 
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On May 11, 2021, at 1500 central daylight time, a Beech C23, N793Y, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Merrill, Wisconsin. The pilot and passenger had minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that he was returning to the airport after a 1-hour flight. When the airplane was about 5 miles from the airport, and descending through about 1,250 ft, the engine started to run rough and gradually lost power. The pilot switched fuel tanks and magnetos, with no change in the power loss. He executed an off-field landing. During the descent, the pilot turned the airplane about 45° to avoid powerlines. The left wing impacted the ground and the airplane touched down onto the field; the landing gear collapsed, and the airplane slid to a stop on its belly. The airplane exhibited substantial damage to the wings and fuselage.

Weather at the time of the accident reported scattered clouds at 7,000 ft, 10 miles of visibility, wind from 020 at 3 knots, gusting to 14 knots, temperature 55°F, and dewpoint 25°F.

The airplane was recovered to a secure location for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Beech 
Registration: N793Y
Model/Series: C23
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: RRL,1318 ft msl
Observation Time: 14:55 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 5 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 13°C /-4°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 7000 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots / 14 knots, 20°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.31 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Merrill, WI 
Destination: Merrill, WI

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 45.242042,-89.613289 

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