Monday, October 10, 2022

Just Highlander, N522ST: Incident occurred October 06, 2022 in Ridgefield, Clark County, Washington

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland, Oregon

Aircraft landed in a field and lost a wheel.  

Date: 06-OCT-22
Time: 21:37:00Z
Regis#: N522ST
Aircraft Make: JUST
Aircraft Model: HIGHLANDER
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Flight Crew: 1 No Injuries
Pax: 0
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91

Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue was dispatched at 2:31 PM to an aircraft emergency - in the area of 30000 NW 31st Ave, Ridgefield, Washington. 

Reporting caller indicated that "a plane just crashed in field to the south of here". 

The initial assignment included two fire engines, one ladder truck and one battalion chief from CCFR. 

CCFR Battalion Chief 21 arrived at 2:36 PM and reported a small plane in the field with moderate damage.

Engine 23 made contact with the single occupant / pilot of the plane, standing outside the aircraft. 

The adult male pilot denied injury, and reported that upon landing in the field the aircraft's landing gear struck a hole - resulting in damage to the aircraft landing gear. 

Engine 23 then assisted the pilot with plugging a small fuel leak.  

The incident is under investigation by the regulatory agency.  

CCFR was assisted by emergency responders from American Medical Response and the Ridgefield Police Department.  

Resources included:  

2 fire engines  
1 ladder truck  
1 chief officer 
1 public information officer  
1 ambulance 
2 police officers

14 Total Personnel  

Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue (CCFR) serves 60,000 people throughout 125 square miles - including the cities of La Center, Ridgefield, Woodland, and the Cowlitz Indian Reservation. Our combination department includes full-time and volunteer firefighters responding to an average of 5000 fire and emergency medical calls a year. CCFR operates under a balanced budget and has a history of passing independent financial audits by the state.


  1. That sucks.
    Many decades ago, (early 80's) me and 3 buds flew ultralights around East Texas one week one summer, landing in random, fresh cut, hay fields sometimes, then stay for few minutes then press on during an off airport xc excursion. mine and one others was a borrowed UL. on one landing my buddy hit a hole, crumped one gear, ground looped, and thus digging the prop into the dirt shattering it. It was just an ultralight but he still paid for the damage. it could've been any of us that hit that hole. I remember giving him $100 bucks to help buy a new 900 buck prop because I knew it could've just as easily been me.

  2. Photo doesn't look like it lost a wheel. Looks like the gear broke.

    1. A bungee strut is completely missing. No remnant either end.