Saturday, January 29, 2022

Cessna 172N, N3HQ: Accident occurred October 31, 2021 at Bay Bridge Airport (W29), Stevensville, Queen Anne's County, Maryland

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; Baltimore, Maryland

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Chesapeake Searey LLC

Chesapeake Sport Pilot

Accident Number: ERA22LA044
Date and Time: October 31, 2021, 18:06 Local
Registration: N3HQ
Aircraft: Cessna 172 
Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N3HQ
Model/Series: 172N 
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: NAK,7 ft msl 
Observation Time: 17:54 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 7 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C /9°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 5000 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / , 290°
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.79 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: STEVENSVILLE, MD 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 38.976455,-76.329969 (est)


  1. Sounds like he did a great job!

  2. I remember coming back on a CX trip as a student solo and when tying the 172 down, noticed blood and feathers near that loop for the tie down on the strut. I never even knew I had hit it like a front end bug splat on a car or something. In any event, these incidents remind all of we pilots that we are in the bird domain where they have ruled for millions of years. The only reason we are up there with them is because they sparked our desire to fly.


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