Friday, January 14, 2022

Zenith CH 750 Cruzer, N145WT: Accident occurred January 14, 2022 and Incident occurred April 17, 2020

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

January 14, 2022: Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances on top of a building.


Date: 14-JAN-22
Time: 19:48:00Z
Regis#: N145WT
Aircraft Make: ZENITH
Aircraft Model: TACHIKI 750 CRUZER
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: SERIOUS
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: SUBSTANTIAL
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91
City: SPANISH FORK
State: UTAH





Spanish Fork Public Safety

PRESS RELEASE: Small Airplane Crash

On January 14, 2022, at 12:47 PM Police, Fire, and EMS personnel were dispatched to Mountain Country Foods located at 185 East 1600 North in Spanish Fork on a report of a small airplane that had crashed into the roof of a warehouse building.

When Police, Fire, and EMS arrived Spanish Fork Fire used a ladder truck to access the roof of the building where they located a single-engine airplane.  The airplane had a single occupant who was a 77-year-old male.  The male was extricated from the plane and transported via Life Flight to a local hospital in critical condition but does not appear to have life-threatening injuries.  

The plane caused damage to the roof of the warehouse but the cost is unknown at this time.  

The cause of the crash is unknown and will be investigated by the FAA and NTSB. 

The Spanish Fork Airport is within a ¼ mile of where the crash occurred.  

Several employees were in the warehouse at the time of the accident but were uninjured.


    





SPANISH FORK, Utah — Police and first responders are at the scene of an airplane crash on the roof of a Spanish Fork building that sent a man to the hospital. 

An airplane crashed around 12:45 p.m. Friday afternoon near Mountain Country Foods, which is located near 185 East and 1600 North in Spanish Fork, according to a statement from the Spanish Fork Police Department.

Police, fire crews and paramedics were sent to the scene, where they used a ladder truck to get on top of the building's roof. There, they found a single-engine airplane with a 77-year-old man inside, police said.

The man was taken out of the airplane and flown via helicopter to a local hospital. He was in critical condition, though police said they don't believe his injuries were considered to be life-threatening. Several employees were working in the building at the time of the crash, though no other injuries were reported.

Police say the crash caused damage to the roof of the building, though an estimated cost of the damage was unknown. A view from KSL-TV's Chopper 5 shows a plane broken into several pieces on the roof.

The cause of the crash was not known as of Friday, and the crash will be investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration. The Spanish Fork Municipal Airport is located just northwest of the crash site.


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

April 17, 2020:  Aircraft landed and veered off runway resulting with a propeller strike at Spanish Fork Airport (KSPK), Utah County, Utah.

Date: 17-APR-20
Time: 22:30:00Z
Regis#: N145WT
Aircraft Make: EXPERIMENTAL
Aircraft Model: 750 CRUZER
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: SPANISH FORK
State: UTAH

11 comments:

  1. Landing on the roof of a warehouse is a new one, but I guess in populated areas, a big warehouse might be the only flat level surface available! Great to hear that the pilot survived with non-life threatening injuries!

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    1. It doesn't look like an emergency landing event to me at all. Based on the runway position and where he ended up as well as no forward impact marks and a front end destroyed plane with an impact mark right under it with separated wings, I'd say this was a stall/spin turning base to final.

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    2. And speaking of building roof tops for emergency landings, I was in Pensacola Florida in the late 1990s and some US Navy flying club member was in a 152 flying back from a XC trip and ran out of fuel. He put it down on top of Cordova Mall there and wound up hitting air conditioning units and injured both occupants. That mall still exists amazingly with all the mall closures these days. Story link:

      https://www.tampabay.com/archive/1999/10/04/pilot-lands-plane-on-shopping-mall-s-roof/

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    3. Landed?? more like pancaked it in on the roof, well it is a STOHL..

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    4. I dunno, a stall/spin would most likely have penetrated right through the roof, unless that is one strong roof, and in that case hitting something that immovable in a spin would result in an extreme deceleration that would be very difficult to survive.

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    5. Swale-style roof has to be strongly supported to bear accumulated Utah snow loads.

      Can't see main gear, left wing tip is damaged, engine cowl may have been "shucked off" whole in a forward motion. Could have come mushing in with left wingtip low, landing gear slam punching through the roof skin and pegging the bird in place/sudden stop, with wings and cowling playing out their residual forward momentum after fuselage stopped.

      Not much wind at the time:
      KSPK 141955Z AUTO 27005KT 4SM HZ CLR 04/M02 A3044
      KSPK 141935Z AUTO 28006KT 4SM HZ CLR 04/M02 A3044

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    6. 1st Anonymous, yeah the third photo down where it shows the runway in the background... yes, that's about where a stall/spin turning base to final would happen.

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    7. LOL.....and at what altitude would the stall spin have begun.....at least a couple hundred feet based on the proximity to the runway.....stall/spins from that altitude are not survivable with minor injuries. To wit...The Brittan Norman crash at much lower altitude. Stall spin OVER the runway.

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  2. Definitely a stall/spin wreckage signature but the plane is light and depending on where the stall occurred it appears to be a low energy event with vertical velocity at impact ~18-20 fps.

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    1. Definitely not.....the engine mount is still intact and reasonably straight. There are "skid marks" obvious in several of the photos. Additionally, stall spin from the altitude that which we aircraft would have been turning base to final would have not been survivable.

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