Sunday, May 22, 2016

STOL CH750, N925PS: Accident occurred May 22, 2016 at Lawrenceburg-Lawrence County Airport (2M2), Tennessee

http://registry.faa.gov/N925PS

NTSB Identification: ERA16LA191
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, May 22, 2016 in Lawrenceburg, TN
Aircraft: SIKES Zenith CH750 STOL, registration: N925PS
Injuries: 2 Minor.

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 may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On May 22, 2016, about 1330 central daylight time, an experimental amateur-built Zenith CH-750 STOL, N925PS, was destroyed during collision with trees and terrain after takeoff from Lawrence County Airport (2M2), Lawrenceburg, Tennessee. The sport pilot/owner/builder and a passenger were seriously injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the personal flight, which was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 CFR Part 91.

In an interview with a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) aviation safety inspector, the pilot reported this was the first flight for the airplane. He stated that after liftoff, he applied right rudder to maintain runway heading, but the airplane continued to the left. As he applied more right rudder, the severity of the turn increased. The airplane departed the left side of the runway, the airport property, and struck trees and terrain before it came to rest.

According to FAA records, the pilot held a sport pilot certificate with a rating for airplane single engine land. He did not possess an FAA medical certificate. The pilot reported 40 total hours of flight experience, which he accrued while training for his pilot certificate.

The two-seat, single-engine, high-wing airplane was manufactured in 2016 and was equipped with a Continental O-200 series engine. The maintenance logbooks for the airplane were not immediately available, but the airplane's most recent condition inspection was completed March 16, 2016. The hobbs meter displayed 4.1 total aircraft hours at the accident site.


Examination of the wreckage by the FAA inspector revealed that the rudder was 180-degrees out of rig. A right-pedal application resulted in a left-rudder input and vice-versa.




LAWRENCEBURG, TN (WSMV) -

A single-engine plane crashed just feet away from the Lawrenceburg-Lawrence County Airport, sending two people to the hospital.

Sunday was the first day in a year of working on the plane that it was finally going to take off.

Unfortunately, something went terribly wrong, and the plane crashed just feet from the runway.

James Fleeman, who has been flying for more than 50 years, was there along with several others watching at the airport.

"We don't know what happened," Fleeman said.

The pilot, Phil Sikes, and his friend were testing out the new plane.

Fleeman said the plane appeared to be about 50 feet up in the air before it came crashing down into a field just outside the barbwire fencing surrounding the airport.

"We got a boat cutter, cut the fence, and one of the pieces flew right into my nose. I was bleeding," he said.

Fleeman said Sikes was stuck in the plane while his passenger was walking around.

"I think he's gonna be all right," Fleeman said.

The FAA and the NTSB will be investigating the cause of the crash.

Story and video:  http://www.wbrc.com


A small aircraft has crashed after takeoff from the Lawrenceburg-Lawrence County Airport.

The incident happened when the plane crashed into a field upon departure around 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

Authorities with the Federal Aviation Administration said the STOL CH750 aircraft had two people on board.

Their identities had not been released. No word had been given on any possible injuries.

The crash was being investigated by the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board.

Original article can be found here: http://www.lawrenceburgnow.com

LAWRENCEBURG, Tenn. - A small aircraft has crashed after takeoff from the Lawrenceburg-Lawrence County Airport.

The incident happened when the plane crashed into a field upon departure around 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

Authorities with the Federal Aviation Administration said the STOL CH750  aircraft had two people on board.

Their identities had not been released. No word had been given on any possible injuries.

The crash was being investigated by the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board.  

Original article can be found here: http://www.newschannel5.com

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