Friday, February 11, 2022

Cessna 182T Skylane, N716MC: Fatal accident occurred February 01, 2022 near Newark–Heath Airport (KVTA), Licking 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 traveled to the scene of this accident. 

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Columbus, Ohio
Lycoming Engines; Williamsport, Pennsylvania 
Textron Aviation; Wichita, Kansas

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Location: Heath, Ohio
Accident Number: CEN22FA113
Date and Time: February 1, 2022, 13:40 Local
Registration: N716MC
Aircraft: Cessna 182T 
Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On February 1, 2022, about 1340 eastern standard time, a Cessna 182T airplane, N716MC, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Heath, Ohio. The pilot was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal cross-country flight.

At 1338, the pilot completed a touch-and-go landing at Newark-Heath Airport (VTA), Newark, Ohio, then departed to the east. The airplane climbed to about 500 ft above ground level (agl), then descended to 85 ft agl over a residential area. During the last 30 seconds of the flight, the airplane flew about 100 ft agl and about 145 kts groundspeed before it descended into trees. Figure 1 shows the end of the flight path overlaid onto Google Earth. 

Witnesses at VTA stated that the airplane landed hard on runway 9, which was the opposite direction of the current airport traffic, then departed to the east. As the airplane departed, the flaps remained extended longer than the witnesses expected, and the airplane’s altitude was lower than they expected.

Other witnesses located northeast of VTA reported that they observed the airplane eastbound at a low altitude until their view of the airplane was blocked by trees and buildings. They did not report anything anomalous with the airplane.

A witness near the accident site reported that the airplane was at the same altitude as the top of a flagpole before it collided with trees. He did not see the airplane make any erratic maneuvers.

A doorbell camera located near the accident site recorded the airplane flying at a low altitude, about 40 to 50 ft above ground level (agl), and a high airspeed.

The airplane collided with trees in a heavily wooded area about 2.5 miles east of VTA. The airplane continued through the trees for about 500 ft then impacted a road and metal guardrail. It continued east beyond the guardrail and down an embankment where it came to rest in multiple pieces.

The debris path in the woods included the entire right wing, potions of the left wing, portions of the elevator, and many other airplane pieces. There were numerous freshly cut tree branches intermingled with the airplane debris. The empennage was found partially wrapped around the guardrail and the remainder of the left wing was found to the right of the ground impact area. The fuselage sustained impact damage, scrape marks, tree transfer marks, and the top of the cabin area was crushed aft with significant scrape marks. The engine separated from the firewall and was found about 30 feet beyond the fuselage.

Preliminary examination of the engine and airframe did not reveal any anomalies that would have precluded normal operation.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna 
Registration: N716MC
Model/Series: 182T
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: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KVTA,884 ft msl 
Observation Time: 13:54 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 3 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 9°C /-6°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 170°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.13 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Newark, OH (VTA)
Destination: Zanesville, OH (ZZV)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal 
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal 
Latitude, Longitude: 40.038358,-82.399541

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation may contact them by email, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email You can also call the NTSB Response Operations Center at 844-373-9922 or 202-314-6290.

Dr. Paul Ralph Brown
1947 - 2022

Zanesville - Dr. Paul R. Brown, President Emeritus of Zane State College, age 74, died on February 1, 2022. Dr. Brown is survived by his wife of 53 years, Linda, son, Brian, and daughter, Christina (Bryan). Dr. Brown has three grandsons (Stephen, Avery, and Davis), and one granddaughter (Allison), and a great granddaughter (Eva). He has one brother, Michael (Pat), a brother in law, Doug (Leslie) and many nieces and nephews. Dr. Brown was preceded in death by his sister, Patricia and parents, Donald and Louise Brown.

As a combat veteran, Dr. Brown served honorably in the United States Air Force, retiring as Vice President of Community College of the Air Force and achieving the rank of Major. His degrees were numerous and from respected institutions including the University of Maryland, the University of Northern Colorado, George Peabody College, and culminating in his Doctorate of Education in Human Development Counseling from Vanderbilt University. Fresh from the Air Force, he put these degrees to work. First as the Vice President of Owens Community College at the Findlay Ohio campus, and next in January 2004, as the fifth President of Zane State Community College. As a visionary, Dr. Brown expanded both the Zanesville and the Cambridge campuses thus impacting both communities. Under his leadership, the college achieved several major milestones and received numerous recognitions.

Being the former President of the Daybreak Rotary Club, Dr. Brown continued to serve the Zanesville Community, both during and after his tenure as President of Zane State. As Dr. Brown prioritized his love for his family and community, we will come together to return that love for him in a memorial gathering on Tuesday, February 8th at Zane State College, "The Campus Center", 1555 Newark Rd. Zanesville, Ohio from 3 to 7pm with family comments at 6:30 PM and Military Honors at 6:45 PM. A private funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Nicholas Catholic Church, where Paul and Linda were members.

The Bryan & Hardwick Funeral Home, 2318 Maple Ave. Zanesville is in charge of the arrangements. To share memories and condolences with Paul's family please visit


  1. METAR from the nearest airport:
    METAR KVTA 012054Z AUTO 17006KT 10SM CLR 11/M04 A3010
    METAR KVTA 011954Z AUTO 18008KT 10SM CLR 09/M05 A3011
    METAR KVTA 011854Z AUTO 17007KT 10SM CLR 09/M06 A3013
    METAR KVTA 011754Z AUTO 18007KT 10SM CLR 08/M06 A3015

  2. The last completed flight of this airplane was September 28th, 2020.

  3. Condolences to his family on his tragic loss.
    This sounds like a possible medical issue / incapacitation. It was a clear VMC day, so weather wasn't a factor, and the high airspeed indicates the engine was still making power and he wasn't trying to stretch a glide out. So there is no reason the pilot would be intentionally flying so low. The hard landing and leaving the flaps down are more clues that this 74 year old pilot may have been having a medically incapacitating incident.

    1. This guy had real problems: CFIs who wouldn't endorse him, said he was behind the airplane, and a crappy pilot. He was on Coumadin, so he KNEW he shouldn't be flying. What a jerk - but at least he didn't take anyone with him.