Saturday, September 11, 2021

Cessna 177 Cardinal, N912VW: Accident occurred September 11, 2021 in Ayer, Middlesex County, Massachusetts

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; Boston, Massachusetts

Location: Ayer, Massachusetts
Accident Number: ERA21LA380
Date and Time: September 11, 2021, 15:20 Local
Registration: N912VW
Aircraft: Cessna 177 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N912VW
Model/Series: 177B 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

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Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Henniker, NH (NH86) 
Destination: Stow, MA (6B6)

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: 42.56,-71.550556 

AYER, Massachusetts — A pilot is safe after making an emergency landing in Ayer on Sunday as the plane ran out of fuel, according to authorities.

Ayer police said the small-engine aircraft made the landing at about 3:30 p.m. in an open parking lot off Willow Road.

Before police released information to the public, multiple sources told NewsCenter 5 that the plane made an emergency landing due to a fuel issue.

According to those sources, the plane landed in an old train yard on Berkshire Boulevard near Willow Road. The yard is where train cars used to be unloaded.

Police say the pilot, who was the only occupant of the plane, was able to successfully guide the aircraft onto the ground but ran out of space to come to a complete stop.

Pictures from the scene show that the front wheel of the plane came to a rest on what appears to be a pile of asphalt chunks.

The pilot was uninjured and walked away from the crash, according to police.

The photos did not show any major structural damage to the plane.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are assisting the Ayer Police Department in its investigation.

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