Friday, June 11, 2021

Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP, N513WF: Accident occurred June 10, 2021 near Western Airpark (6WN) Yelm, Thurston 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

Meow Meow LLC

Location: Yelm, Washington 
Accident Number: WPR21LA303
Date and Time: June 10, 2021, 20:58 Local
Registration: N513WF
Aircraft: Cessna 172S 
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional

On June 10, 2021, about 2058 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna 172S airplane, N513WF, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Yelm, Washington. The pilot and the passenger were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that while enroute the airplane’s engine suddenly stopped. The pilot radioed a mayday call and attempted to land at Western Airpark (6WN) Yelm, Washington, located about 2 miles southeast of his position. However, unable to make the airpark, he elected to force land in a cattle pasture, short of the airpark. During the landing, the airplane nosed over.

The pilot reported that he did not know what caused the engine to stop producing power. He stated that the fuel selector valve was in the “both” position, the mixture control was set to rich, the throttle lever was in, and there was no adverse weather. He further stated that it was a fuel injected engine, and that he had no issues with it during the earlier portion of the flight. He also stated that the airplane had about 30 gallons of fuel.

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

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N513WF
Model/Series: 172S 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
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: GRF 
Observation Time:
Distance from Accident Site: 
Temperature/Dew Point: -8.9°C /-15.6°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 5000 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 20000 ft AGL 
Altimeter Setting: 30.09 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point:

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 46.896915,-122.50825 (est)

The pilot of a single-engine plane made a hard landing on a pasture outside Yelm Thursday evening.

The plane carrying a married couple completely lost power around 8:45 p.m. as it flew east just south of Olympia, forcing the pilot to make an emergency landing, said Captain Brian Richardson with the Southeast Thurston Fire Authority.

Richardson said the pilot identified a cow pasture as suitably flat area for the landing, but it turned out to be bumpier than he imagined. When the plane touched down, it bounced and spun a bit before coming to a stop, he said.

Despite the rough landing, the married couple that occupied the plane did not suffer any injuries, Richardson said. He added there was minimal damage to the plane.

“I’m not an aviation expert, but from the fire department’s perspective, they did an excellent job avoiding major damage and injury,” Richardson said.

Firefighters and Sheriff deputies responded to the site of the landing at the very end of 128th Ave. Southeast off Bald Hills Road, Richardson said. They evaluated the couple before releasing them, he said.

Richardson said he did not have information on the couple’s identity or origin.

Lt. Cameron Simper with the Sheriff’s Office confirmed deputies assisted the fire department but added they are not investigating the incident. He said the case has been referred to the Federal Aviation Administration.

1 comment:

  1. Looks like the crash site was surrounded by several airstrips, not sure why they picked a field