Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Cessna 150H, N7232S: Accident occurred October 24, 2021 in Vernon, Tooele County, Utah

Matt's Off Road Recovery 

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Salt Lake City, Utah

Aircraft made a forced landing in an unexpected downdraft, then wind blew aircraft over near top of a ridge. 

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Date: 24-OCT-21
Time: 18:30:00Z
Regis#: N7232S
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 150
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
State: UTAH


  1. Video of recovery of this aircraft can be found here: https://youtu.be/tnTmh_7JB3A

  2. There is a great video of this plane's recovery. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnTmh_7JB3A

  3. Recovery Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnTmh_7JB3A

  4. Recovered by Winder Towing / Matt's Off Road Recovery
    You can watch on youtube

  5. How much luck and skill the pilot put this plane down and everyone walked away! Bob Faucett was not so lucky. Winds over the mountains!

    1. Uhh, Steve Fossett, maybe? And most likely only luck, not skill on this one.

    2. "The search for Fossett across a 17,000-square-mile swath of the Sierra Nevada has revealed the wreckage of eight other small planes that had never, until now, been discovered. And each of those crash sites holds clues to the fates of other fliers who went missing in what is starting to look like the Bermuda Triangle of the western United States." @ sfgate Sep. 9, 2007

  6. this June 2021 Tooele County, Utah fatal accident elicited no comments, yet questions the professional judgement of a military trained and experienced pilot's thought processes, and its worth a review. http://www.kathrynsreport.com/2021/06/piper-pa-28-140-cherokee-fatal-accident.html

    1. ^^ Sentence structure is "Accident questions judgement".
      Can't tell if the comment intends to convey "Accident reporting questions judgement" -or- "Accident raises questions of judgement"

      If you intended to convey that the NTSB preliminary or news article content questions the pilot's judgement or thought processes, no text can be found in the N6323R accident KR posting that does that.

    2. what was she thinking ?
      "the pilot opted to fly overnight"
      "The airplane was not equipped with an ADS-B transponder,"
      "The target crossed over the northern section of the range at an altitude of 8,200 ft, clearing terrain by about 400 ft vertically (figure 2)."
      "The target then flew south along the corridor over the foothills of the mountain range, where at one point it came within 100 ft vertically and horizontally of terrain."

    3. The pilot of N6323R had helicopter night combat experience, resided in Montana, was familiar with area and presumably had an expectation that visual flight overnight would have adequate light throughout the period. Moon was 50% disc, 34 degrees above the horizon westsouthwest at the time of the crash.

      The Havre City to El Centro flight appears to have been planned out for operation in accordance within the ADS-B equipage exemption conditions of the rule. That constrained the flight path, airports allowed and altitudes, but doesn't explain the meandering and close proximity terrain encounters seen in the period just before the crash. NTSB is still working on figuring that out.

      Moon history:
      Pilot background:
      ADS-B Equipage rule flow chart:*

      *Offered without comment on wisdom of flying without ADS-B

    4. "Certificate: COMMERCIAL PILOT
      Date of Issue: 3/14/2021
      AIRPLANE SINGLE ENGINE LAND" https://amsrvs.registry.faa.gov/airmeninquiry/Main.aspx

      begs the comment, What was professional in planning, judgement and execution of the flight?

    5. "The Havre City to El Centro flight appears to have been planned out for operation in accordance within the ADS-B equipage exemption conditions of the rule."
      Yeah, except according to the report, the flight crossed the mode-C veil multiple times, which is ADS-B required airspace. Only slightly violating airspace is still violating airspace. If you don't have the right equipment, you should leave at least a 1NM buffer.

    6. The post being replied to said "planned out". As flown, the track went divergent for causes unknown and led to a crash.

      No reasonable person would assert that this pilot was incapable of flying a straighter track passing Salt Lake City's veil, or avoiding encounters with terrain.