Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Zodiac CH601 XL, N623HS, Light Sport Ventures LLC: Fatal accident occurred March 31, 2015 in Pleasanton, Linn County, Kansas

NTSB Identification: CEN15FA187
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Tuesday, March 31, 2015 in Pleasanton, KS
Aircraft: AIRCRAFT MFG & DVLPMT CO CH601XL, registration: N623HS
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

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. NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On March 31, 2015, about 1540 central daylight time, an Aircraft Manufacturing and Development CH601XL N623HS, collided with trees on takeoff and crashed at a private airstrip in Pleasanton, Kansas. The pilot and pilot-rated passenger were fatally injured. The airplane was destroyed by impact forces and a post-impact fire. The airplane was registered to Light Sport Ventures LLC, Wilmington, Delaware, and operated by the pilot of Stilwell, Kansas, under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and no flight plan had been filed. The flight was originating at the time of the accident

There were two witnesses to the accident --- the airport owner-manager (who is a retired airline pilot and flight instructor), and an airplane mechanic. Both witnesses stated they observed the airplane lift off in a nose-high attitude. They were unsure if the tail struck the ground. They said the airplane appeared to be "behind the power curve" and never did get out of ground effect. There was a slight right crosswind and the airplane drifted left of the extended runway centerline before colliding with trees at the end of the runway. The airplane fell to the ground inverted and caught fire.

Any witnesses should email witness@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov.



INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Two men from the metro area that died in a plane crash Tuesday near Pleasanton, Ks., had a love of flying. 

Friends and neighbors of 57-year-old Brian Decker say they’re stunned to learn that he was a passenger on that plane.

Also killed in the crash was the pilot, 67-year-old Herbert Siegel of Stillwell, Ks. Siegel had been a prominent dentist in Kansas City for more than 30 years.

Patients traveled from as far away as Higginsville, Mo., and Smithville, Mo., to see him.

Decker was a hard-working home builder from Independence. He too was a pilot. And the two men also shared a love of horseback riding.

“My wife called me this morning and told me Brian had passed away in this airplane wreck it shocked the hell out of me,” said Mike Sambursky, who’s known Decker for 35 years. “I’m still kind of shocked over it because you don’t expect it. One day you’re here, and one day you’re not.”

The Zodiac 2-seater aircraft belonged to Siegel and is considered a kit plane. Friends say Siegel called the plane “Ducky” after his mother. FAA records indicate this model has had issues, and the government required modifications before it could be certified to fly.

The FAA says the plane crashed shortly after takeoff when it hit a tree. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause.

PLEASANTON, KS (KCTV) -    Two people have been killed in a small plane crash near Pleasanton, KS, Tuesday afternoon.

The Kansas Highway Patrol is on scene and says it happened on South Ross Lane near East 1175th Road in the Linn County city. 

The National Transportation Safety Board said the crash involved a Zodiac CH601XL.

The publisher and editor of the Linn County News said the aircraft crashed shortly after taking off from a private airstrip. Jackie Taylor arrived at the scene about 4:30 p.m. to find the Kansas Highway Patrol and other agencies battling flames.

She said it's a small community and everyone knows everyone, especially in the flying community. 

“Everyone's freaking out that it's someone they know,” Taylor said. 

The type of aircraft that crashed is a Zenith model, an experimental plane. It's a small aircraft that someone would build themselves. The FAA has to approve it and comes out to inspect it at various points during the building process, especially before the first flight. 

A local pilot says it takes about a year or longer to build an experimental plane such as this type. She said they are very safe and not much different than an aircraft coming off the assembly line. 

Pleasanton is located just over 60 miles south of the Kansas City metro. 

Source: http://www.kctv5.com

PLEASANTON, Kan. —Two people have been killed in a plane crash in Linn County, Kansas.

The Kansas Highway Patrol said it happened in a rural wooded area just north of the city of Pleasanton Tuesday afternoon.

The National Transportation Safety Board said the crash involved a Zodiac CH601XL. 

Zenith Air's website describes the model as recreational kit aircraft that seats two people.

The FAA said the plane took off from a private airstrip, struck a tree and crashed. It did not have any information about the people on board.

Story and photo: http://www.kmbc.com

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