Monday, December 20, 2021

American Aviation AA-1 Yankee Clipper, N623W: Accident occurred occurred April 07, 2022 and Incident occurred December 18, 2021

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; Atlanta, Georgia

Location: Kennesaw, Georgia
Accident Number: ERA22LA182
Date and Time: April 7, 2022, 10:15 Local
Registration: N623W
Aircraft: AMERICAN AA-1 
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On April 7, 2022, at 1015 eastern daylight time, an American AA-1, N623W, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Kennesaw, Georgia. The pilot sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. 

The pilot reported that he performed a preflight inspection, engine run-up and instrument checks before the flight with no anomalies noted. After takeoff, when the airplane reached an altitude of 500 ft, the engine speed momentarily decreased by about 800 RPM then “abruptly” increased back to full power RPM. The pilot turned back toward the airport and the engine power reduced to idle before “quitting entirely.” He attempted to troubleshoot the problem; however, the engine did not restart. He determined the airplane would not reach the runway and selected a nearby road for a forced landing site. During the approach to the road, the airplane impacted a wire before it came to rest in the grass median.

Examination of the airplane at the accident site by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the airplane sustained substantial damage to both wings, the right elevator and horizontal stabilizer, and the rear section of fuselage forward of the horizontal stabilizer.

The airplane was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: AMERICAN
Registration: N623W
Model/Series: AA-1
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operator: On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: RYY,1040 ft msl 
Observation Time: 09:50 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 14°C /7°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / , 290°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.79 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Kennesaw, GA 
Destination: Cartersville, GA (VPC)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor 
Latitude, Longitude: 34.021,-84.622 (est)

April 07, 2022:  Aircraft departed, experienced engine issues and landed on a highway near Cobb County International Airport (KRYY), Kennesaw, Georgia. 

Date: 07-APR-22
Time: 14:15:00Z
Regis#: N623W
Aircraft Make: AMERICAN
Aircraft Model: AA-1
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91

Kennesaw Police Department - 

Yesterday was a wild one, but we got through it!

THANK YOU to Cobb County Police Department, Cobb County Fire & Emergency Services, Marietta Wrecker Service, Georgia Power, and Cobb County International Airport for their much needed assistance.

All involved agencies were quick in response, provided crucial help, displayed professionalism, and fantastic work ethic.

Many people have asked about the pilot. We spoke with him on the phone today and he is doing well!

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Minneapolis, Minnesota

December 18, 2021:   Aircraft during landing encountered ice and slid into the grass at St. Cloud Regional Airport (KSTC), Sherburne County, Minnesota.

Date: 18-DEC-21
Time: 03:21:00Z
Regis#: N623W
Aircraft Make: AMERICAN
Aircraft Model: AA-1
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91


  1. There is a current accident with this airplane on 04/07/2022.

  2. FAA registry is wrong with the owner of the airplane. Hans Wolf sold the plane nine months ago and all the proper paperwork was filed with the FAA. They never updated their database even after numerous documented phone calls with the FAA as well as the new owner.

    1. article describes accident, not flown by Hans Wolf: