Wednesday, April 06, 2022

Piper PA-28R-180, N3866T: Incident occurred April 06, 2022 at Sabetha Municipal Airport (K83), Kansas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Wichita, Kansas

Aircraft landed and nose gear collapsed. 


Date: 06-APR-22
Time: 21:56:00Z
Regis#: N3866T
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28R
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
City: SABETHA
State: KANSAS

A small aircraft crashed while attempting to land at the Sabetha Municipal Airport Wednesday afternoon.

According to a Kansas Highway Patrol report, James L. Vacracos, 57, of Saint John, Indiana, was attempting to land a Piper PA-28R-180 at the Sabetha Municipal Airport around 4:30 p.m. when the front landing gear collapsed, causing the airplane to collide off the runway.


SABETHA, Kan. (WIBW) - An Indiana man escaped serious injury late Wednesday afternoon when the small airplane he was piloting crashed at the Sabetha airport in Brown County, authorities said.

The crash was reported at 4:29 p.m. at the Sabetha Municipal Airport, located at 100 Airport Road in Sabetha.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol’s online crash log, a 1967 Piper Arrow airplane was attempting to land on the airport’s runway when the plane’s front landing-gear collapsed. The plane then crashed off the runway.

The pilot, James L. Vacracos, 57, of St. John, Indiana, was reported uninjured. The patrol said Vacracos, who was alone on the plane, was wearing a safety restraint.

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