Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Piper PA-22-160 Tri Pacer, N3463Z: Accident occurred November 15, 2021 at Alexander Salamon Airport (KAMT), West Union, Adams County, Ohio

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; Cincinnati, Ohio

Location: West Union, Ohio
Accident Number: CEN22LA038
Date and Time: November 15, 2021, 17:30 Local
Registration: N3463Z
Aircraft: Piper PA-22-160
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional

On November 15, 2021, about 1730 eastern standard time, a Piper PA-22-160, N3463Z, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near West Union, Ohio. The student pilot was uninjured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 instructional flight.

The student pilot reported that he was on a solo cross-country flight in furtherance of his private pilot certificate. The student pilot stated that after a descent from 5,500 ft to 2,500 ft, the airplane began to roll left unless he continuously held about 3/4 right aileron input. The use of rudder did not null the left roll tendency. Due to the left roll and lower cloud bases ahead, he elected to divert to Alexander Salamon Airport (AMT). After an initial attempt to land on runway 5, he entered left traffic for runway 23. During the landing flare, the airplane continued the left roll and touched down hard a little past the 1,000 ft runway touchdown markers. The airplane bounced and touched back down before it departed the left side of the runway where it impacted a ditch and nosed over. The fuselage and engine mount sustained substantial damage.

A detailed examination is pending.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N3463Z
Model/Series: PA-22-160 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
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: KFGX,913 ft msl 
Observation Time: 17:15 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 20 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 5°C /-3°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 260°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 6000 ft AGL
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.17 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: 

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: 38.851672,-83.566007 (est)

ADAMS COUNTY, Ohio — A pilot was shaken up but not hurt after crashing a plane in Adams County Monday.

Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating the crash at the Alexander Salamon Airport, north of West Union.

Local newspaper "The Informer" shared the above photos from the scene with WLWT.

Officials have not released the pilot's name.

It's unclear if the Federal Aviation Administration will join the investigation.

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