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Piper J3C-65 Cub, N88550: Fatal accident occurred August 03, 2022 at Cynthiana-Harrison County Airport (0I8), Kentucky

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Louisville, Kentucky

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances.  

Date: 03-AUG-22
Time: 19:32:00Z
Regis#: N88550
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: J3C
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Total Fatal: 1
Flight Crew: 1 Fatal
Pax:  1 Serious Injuries 
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

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. 

HARRISON COUNTY, Kentucky (WKYT) - Police told us one person died and another person was injured in a small plane crash.

It happened around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Cynthiana-Harrison County Airport. Police said there were two people on board. A woman was pronounced dead at the hospital and a man is at the hospital with serious injuries.

The National Transportation Safety Board says the man was the pilot and the woman was a passenger.

Investigators said the weather could have been a factor in the crash. We’re told the small, single-engine plane nose-dived into the grass.

“The plane just kind of crunched up. The wing was broken and there was significant damage to the plane,” Cynthiana Police Chief Doug Robinson said.

Police said debris was scattered 30-40 yards from the scene.

Both the Federal Aviation Administration and the NTSB have started to investigate. The NTSB held a press conference Thursday afternoon about the crash.


  1. RIP, and hopefully a full recovery.
    considering ingress/egress front seats of the Cub, which one was survivable.

  2. Ouch. The damage is telling as to what transpired. Godspeed.

  3. Trying to figure out if the male pilot was flying from the front or rear seat. Judging from the photos, would think that the front seat person would have received the worst of the crushing impact against the instrument panel, and rear seat person receiving a lesser blow against the rear portion of the front seat.

    Obviously, the were no shoulder restraints in this older Cub. With some limited time in both the J3 and the Aeronca Champ, am just trying to figure out who was seated where.

  4. A cub is always flown from the rear if with a passenger.

  5. A cub is soloed from the rear. I can be flown from the front with a passenger.

  6. Neither of the above statements are necessarily true. Most, but not all, J-3 and L-4 Cubs are flown from the rear seat solo. Dual, the pilot and passenger could occupy either seat.