Friday, March 18, 2022

CubCrafters CC11-160, N424Y: Accident occurred March 17, 2022 and Incident occurred June 09, 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; Helena, Montana


Location: Belgrade, Montana
Accident Number: WPR22LA129
Date and Time: March 17, 2022, 13:30 Local 
Registration: N424Y
Aircraft: CUBCRAFTERS INC CC11-160
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Registration: N424Y
Model/Series: CC11-160 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: 
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation: KBZN, 4449 ft msl 
Observation Time: 13:56 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 7 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 6°C /-7°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 90°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.13 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Bozeman, MT (BZN)
Destination: Bozeman, MT (BZN)

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: 45.90046,-111.17261 

March 17, 2022

Central Valley Fire District - 
Central Valley Fire District is on scene of a small aircraft crash off of Theisen Ranch Road.

No injuries reported. 

Central Valley Fire District was called to Theisen Ranch Road at 1:48 pm for a small aircraft crash. 

Initial reports provided that the plane was airborne, clipped the fence, and crashed.

Fire units arrived on-scene at 2:06 pm and found a small aircraft with a slight fuel leak.

Both parties involved reported no injuries. 

The scene was been turned over to Gallatin County Sheriff's Office and all Central Valley units returned to service.

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Little Rock, Arkansas

June 09, 2021:  Aircraft ground looped on landing and gear collapsed at Crystal Lake Airport (5M5), Decatur, Benton County, Arkansas. 

Date: 09-JUN-21
Time: 17:36:00Z
Regis#: N424Y
Aircraft Make: CUB CRAFTERS
Aircraft Model: CC11
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

June 09, 2021

June 09, 2021

June 09, 2021

DECATUR -- Two flight crew members narrowly escaped injury on June 9 when their single-engine aircraft made a hard landing at Crystal Lake Airport about 1:30 p.m., causing the airport to be shut down for almost two hours.

It is unclear whether it was an instructor and student or the plane's owner receiving a check-ride in the CubCrafters CC11-160.

According to local law enforcement officers on the scene, the incident occurred as the small single-engine aircraft was touching down on runway 13 at Crystal Lake Airport when the CubCrafters CC11-160, equipped with tundra tires, broke hard, causing the right landing gear to buckle underneath the underside of the front cockpit. After the aircraft lost lift, the right wing hit the ground, causing the plane to veer slightly to the right before it stopped on the right edge of the runway.

The owner of the aircraft had just purchased the CubCrafters CC11-160 a few days before the incident and had just taken possession of the plane after it was flown in from a dealer in Washington State on Tuesday.

Decatur Police secured the scene and airport officials were able to tow the damaged aircraft to a hangar on the southeast end of the airport.

The weather was not reported to be a factor in this incident. The names of the flight crew were not released at the time of the incident.

NOTE: Tundra tires are large 26-inch low-pressure tires that are used on aircraft flying in the backwoods of Alaska and Canada. These tires are capable of landing on grass airstrips, open fields where the conditions are unknown, river banks, and sand bars. The normal operating size for aircraft like the original Piper Cub is eight inches.