Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Piper J3C-65, N4693S: Accident occurred April 10, 2022 and Incident occurred October 06, 2019

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:

Location: Bald Head Island, North Carolina
Accident Number: ERA22LA184
Date and Time: April 10, 2022, 18:05 Local
Registration: N4693S
Aircraft: Piper J3C-65 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper 
Registration: N4693S
Model/Series: J3C-65
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: KSUT,25 ft msl
Observation Time: 18:15 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 5 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 19°C /-2°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / 15 knots, 310°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.05 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point:

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 33.85952,-78.005979 (est)

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Greensboro, North Carolina

April 10, 2022:  Aircraft landed on a sandbar and flipped over.

Date: 10-APR-22
Time: 22:05:00Z
Regis#: N4693S
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: J3C
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

BALD HEAD ISLAND, North Carolina (WECT) - Two small planes were practicing landings near the shore of Bald Head Island when one flipped over just after 6 p.m. Sunday evening.

A spokesperson with Oak Island Water Rescue says one person was taken to the U.S. Coast Guard station to be evaluated for minor injuries.

The pilot told officials that he has landed there before, but Bald Head Island Public Safety said it is not permitted.

Crews are working now to flip the plane over to clear the scene.

The second plane was able to land safely. No other injuries were reported.

Oak Island Water Rescue - 

Just after 6:00 pm this evening, the OIWR hovercraft was requested for mutual aid response to assist Bald Head Island Department of Public Safety with a plane overturned on Jay Bird Shoals. 

Due to the seriousness of the call and the challenging location, OIWR leadership chose to have all three of our vessels respond to nearby launch locations. 

After careful consideration, we launched our rigid hull inflatable boat. For this mission, Boat 4490 was the best tool for the task.  Boat 4491 (surf launch) and Boat 4493 (hovercraft) were fully staffed and standing by for rapid response if needed. 

OIWR Boat 4490 provided first aid to one of the airplane occupants and transported the injured individual to Coast Guard Station Oak Island for medical treatment by a Southport FD  ambulance. 

Once again, the OIWR drone provided our decision makers with valuable information and visual perspective of the site of the crash.  The scene was turned over to the USCG and TowBoat US. 

Thankfully our mission was completed before nightfall. Had they been needed, we would have relied on our new FLIR scope and night vision goggles. 

Bald Head Island Public Safety responded with their Rescue Watercraft (JetSki with sled) and their rigid hull inflatable boat. USCG Station Oak Island responded with their 29’ Small Response Boat. Commercial salvage company TowBoat US was also on-scene. 

We are thankful that we serve alongside such excellent emergency response organizations. This close knit community of rescue agencies regularly provide mutual aid response to each other as the need exists. 

Today’s response shows how effective mutual aid can be when we all work together.

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Washington

October 06, 2019:   Aircraft on landing the wind picked up the tail and pushed the nose to the ground.

Date: 06-OCT-19
Time: 19:45:00Z
Regis#: N4693S
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: J3C
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: MINOR
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91


  1. local, state and federal taxpayers paid for this rescue; will restitution be sought?
    and will law enforcement enforce the law on their apparent illegal landing!

    1. Gotta keep up with the times and be flexible these days when deciding whether doing something illegal is a problem.

      Rescuers got practical training out of the exercise to keep sharp and the plane is a favorite performer at air shows. A net positive for the country to give him a free rescue. A "stern talking to" would suffice as punishment.

      If you are concerned about what rescuing a productive citizen costs, the rest of what taxpayers are paying out in overseas adventures and welcome wagon work to settle people who enter illegally must be making your head explode! :-)

    2. I don't need to be rescued from my aircraft. I need safety and security and want to ensure that my taxpayer dollars are being rightfully spent on law-abiding poor citizens and veterans. Taxes don’t kill people. Fentanyl does. Enriching the drug and human trafficking cartels shouldn’t be the policy of the USA. The Biden administration has become an accessory to human trafficking.

  2. This is the "Flying Farmer" airshow plane/owner:

    1. Bad for aviation.
      "come on down so we can arrest you," and others would be in the air or on land and sea for such unsafe actions.