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Cessna 172S Skyhawk SP, N513WF: Accident occurred June 10, 2021 near Western Airpark (6WN), Yelm, Thurston County, Washington

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; Seattle, Washington

Meow Meow LLC

Location: Yelm, Washington 
Accident Number: WPR21LA303
Date and Time: June 10, 2021, 20:58 Local
Registration: N513WF
Aircraft: Cessna 172S 
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Instructional

On June 10, 2021, about 2058 Pacific daylight time, a Cessna 172S airplane, N513WF, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Yelm, Washington. The pilot and the passenger were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that while enroute the airplane’s engine suddenly stopped. The pilot radioed a mayday call and attempted to land at Western Airpark (6WN) Yelm, Washington, located about 2 miles southeast of his position. However, unable to make the airpark, he elected to force land in a cattle pasture, short of the airpark. During the landing, the airplane nosed over.

The pilot reported that he did not know what caused the engine to stop producing power. He stated that the fuel selector valve was in the “both” position, the mixture control was set to rich, the throttle lever was in, and there was no adverse weather. He further stated that it was a fuel injected engine, and that he had no issues with it during the earlier portion of the flight. He also stated that the airplane had about 30 gallons of fuel.

The airplane was recovered to a secure facility for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N513WF
Model/Series: 172S 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operator: On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation: GRF 
Observation Time:
Distance from Accident Site: 
Temperature/Dew Point: -8.9°C /-15.6°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 5000 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: / ,
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 20000 ft AGL 
Altimeter Setting: 30.09 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point:

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 46.896915,-122.50825 (est)

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