Saturday, September 03, 2022

Aeronca 7AC Champion, N85748: Accident occurred September 01, 2022 at Union County Airport (KMRT), Marysville, Ohio

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. 

Investigator In Charge (IIC): Young, Joshua

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:
David Schluep; Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Columbus, Ohio

Yellow Bird Flyers Association 

Location: Marysville, Ohio
Accident Number: ERA22LA400
Date and Time: September 1, 2022, 19:39 Local 
Registration: N85748
Aircraft: Aeronca 7AC 
Injuries: N/A
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Aeronca 
Registration: N85748
Model/Series: 7AC 
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: KMRT, 1021 ft msl 
Observation Time: 19:39 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 25°C /18°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots / , 50°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.07 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Marysville, OH 
Destination: Marysville, OH

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: N/A
Latitude, Longitude: 40.224565,-83.351486 (est)

Aircraft ground looped, slid into a ditch damaging landing gear and propeller. 

Date: 01-SEP-22
Time: 23:39:00Z
Regis#: N85748
Aircraft Make: AERONCA
Aircraft Model: 7AC
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91
State: OHIO


  1. Wonder if there is a Champ alive that was never ground looped?

    Happened to me as a student years ago -- no damage -- worried folks from the FBO came out, gave me hell then gave me a prop to taxi back. Log book entry was short and to the point -- "1GL"


    1. I would wonder that about a Chief… I bet there is more than one Champ out there that has never ground looped.