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Piper PA-22-150, N7159B: Accident occurred May 30, 2021 near Cashmere-Dryden Airport (8S2), Chelan 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; Spokane, Washington
Location: Cashmere, WA
Accident Number: WPR21LA213
Date & Time: May 30, 2021, 17:20 Local 
Registration: N7159B
Aircraft: Piper PA-22-150
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On May 30, 2021, about 1720 Pacific daylight time, a Piper PA-22-150, N7159B, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Cashmere, 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 purchased the airplane about one month prior to the accident. He had purchased the airplane from a personal estate, and it had not undergone recent maintenance before the purchase. He performed a pre-buy inspection and hired a mechanic to do an annual inspection, bringing it to airworthy condition. Following the maintenance, the pilot checked the fuel and verified the throttle rigging (manipulation of the throttle control in the cockpit moved the cable from stop to stop on the carburetor). Both wing tanks contained fuel which he estimated to be half-full on both sides; he positioned the fuel selector to the right tank where it remained the entire flight.

The pilot stated that after a normal start he completed various taxi checks including a high-speed taxi with full engine power. The pilot then began a takeoff from runway 07 and applied full takeoff power (about 75% throttle). After reaching about 75 mph, the pilot rotated the airplane and it began to climb. After reaching about 250-300 ft agl, the engine power smoothly reduced to idle and in response, the pilot lowered the nose; the pilot verified that the throttle control in the cockpit remained at the takeoff power setting. The engine power temporarily increased back to full power for several seconds and subsequently quit. The pilot maneuvered the airplane away from the town ahead and touchdown in a marshy area, coming to rest inverted.

The pilot added that he attempted to troubleshoot the engine failure by verifying the fuel selector was on the right tank and that both magnetos were selected.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N7159B
Model/Series: PA-22-150
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: KEAT,1229 ft msl 
Observation Time: 07:55 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 13 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 13°C /2°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 9 knots / , 270°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.15 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Cashmere, 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: 47.51475,-120.48466

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