Saturday, July 16, 2022

Zenith CH750 Cruzer, N870TS: Accident occurred July 04, 2022 at Anacortes Airport (74S), Skagit County, Washington

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Seattle, Washington

Aircraft struck a building and vehicle during taxi. 

Date: 04-JUL-22
Time: 22:21:00Z
Regis#: N870TS
Aircraft Make: ZENITH
Aircraft Model: CH750 CRUZER
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91

A Zenith CH750 Cruzer airplane hit a building and car at Anacortes Airport on the Fourth after losing electrical power on the ground, injuring the pilot.

The pilot, a 73-year-old Anacortes man, was taken to Island Hospital. His wife arrived on scene and advised that the plane had recently experienced trouble with its throttle cable and that the pilot had been working on it.

Arriving Anacortes Police officers observed a single-engine airplane that appeared to have crashed into a car parked on the side of one of the airport’s buildings. The pilot was standing outside the plane and had significant lacerations to his forehead and face. Medics began administering aid, and officers spoke with the reporting party.

They learned that a 64-year-old Anacortes man had been at the airport with some friends when they heard a plane start in the vicinity of one of the hangars. About a minute later, he said, the plane sounded like it was at full power, and he observed it coming north on the taxiway, still at full power. He said the pilot attempted to turn west but was not able to negotiate the turn, colliding with a Chevrolet Traverse and a portion of the adjacent building.

They turned off the power to the plane and chocked the wheels, and the pilot appeared unconscious for the first five minutes or so after the collision, the reporting party said. The car had extensive damage to its rear left portion and the driver’s side.

Port of Anacortes staff advised that the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board had already been notified. The National Transportation Safety Board investigation was set to begin an on-site investigation on July 5.

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