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N32WR accident description

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Crash location 45.482223°N, 85.780834°W
Nearest city North Fox Island, MI
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Tail number N32WR
Accident date 29 Jul 2018
Aircraft type Extra EA300
Additional details: None

NTSB Factual Report

On July 29, 2018, about 1435 eastern daylight time, an Extra EA300 LC airplane, N32WR, and a Cessna 172 airplane, N6021A, collided inflight over runway 25 at the North Fox Island Airport (6Y3), North Fox Island, Michigan, while the Extra EA300 LC was landing and Cessna 172 was departing. The airline transport pilot and passenger on the Extra EA300 LC were uninjured and the airline transport pilot and two passengers on Cessna 172 received minor injuries. The Extra EA300 LC sustained substantial right-wing damage and the Cessna 172 sustained substantial empennage, left wing, and fuselage damage during the collision and subsequent impact with terrain. The Extra EA300 LC was registered to Captain Property and Investment LLC and was operated by its pilot. The Cessna 172 was registered to and operated by its pilot. Both flights were being conducted as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed in the area about the time of the accident, and the flights were not operated on flight plans. The Extra EA300 LC departed from the Appleton International Airport, near Appleton, Wisconsin, and was destined for 6Y3. The Cessna 172 was originating from 6Y3 at the time of the accident.

At 1435, the recorded weather at the Beaver Island Airport, Beaver Island, Michigan, was: Wind 230° at 8 knots, variable from 210° to 270°; visibility 10 statute miles; sky condition clear; temperature 25° C; dew point 16° C; altimeter 30.06 inches of mercury.

6Y3 was a public, non-towered airport, which was owned by the State of Michigan, Department of Natural Resources and leased to the Recreational Aviation Foundation. It was located on North Fox Island about 24 nautical miles northwest of Charlevoix, Michigan and about 15 nautical miles southwest of Beaver Island, Michigan. The airport had one runway and an estimated elevation of 639 ft above mean sea level. Runway 7/25 was a 3,000 ft by 100 ft runway with a turf surface. The airport uses 122.9 megahertz as its common traffic advisory frequency.

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