AIRCRAFT: 2014 Zenith CH-750 N750AZ Home Built Experimental, s/n: 75-8188, 75 TOTAL HOURS* (estimated)
ENGINE: Continental 0-200A, s/n: 65743-6-A. Accessory case has been removed for inspection. 75 TOTAL HOURS*
AVIONICS: Dynon Skyview MFD PFD including SVXPNDE 262 remote mount transponder, Garmin SL30 Garmin GMA 340
DESCRIPTION OF ACCIDENT: Loss of engine power resulting in forced landing
DESCRIPTION OF DAMAGES: Firewall, Propeller, Lower Cowling, both wings destroyed. Landing Gear ripped from fuselage
LOCATION OF AIRCRAFT: Greene County Airport, Waynesburg, PA
REMARKS: Times are approximate as aircraft is not equipped with hobbs meter*
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NTSB Identification: ERA16LA270
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, July 24, 2016 in Waynesburg, PA
Aircraft: CRAIG D CARTER STOL CH 750, registration: N750AZ
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.
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 July 24, 2016, about 1030 eastern daylight time, an experimental, amateur-built Zenith STOL CH 750, N750AZ, operated by a private individual, was substantially damaged during a forced landing, following a loss of engine power during the initial climb after takeoff from Greene County Airport (WAY), Waynesburg, Pennsylvania. The flight instructor and a student pilot were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local instructional flight conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.
The purpose of the flight was for the student pilot and flight instructor to practice touch-and-go landings. The student pilot stated that they had completed a touch-and-go landing, when during the ensuing climb, the engine began to vibrate and lose power. They noted that there was no oil pressure and decreasing engine rpm, and elected to perform a forced landing straight ahead, on the midfield of the Green County Fairgrounds.
During the landing roll, the airplane impacted tractor tires and the landing gear folded back.
Examination of the wreckage by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed damage to the wing spar.
The airplane was equipped with a Continental O-200, 100-horsepower engine, which was retained for further examination.
According to the Observer-Reporter, it happened Sunday morning at the Greene County Fairgrounds.
The 71-year-old pilot, Daniel Dean Smith, and 71-year-old co-pilot, Paul Henry Dawson, were flying the fixed-wing airplane when they had to perform an emergency landing.
“I just started flying, we were taking off and landing in the grass,” Smith said. “The engine was running rough so I turned to Paul and said ‘what’s going on?'”
“We noticed we had lost all oil pressure,” said Dawson, the more experienced flier, who took over controls when trouble began.
Dawson thought putting the plane down at the fairgrounds would be smooth, but it didn’t go as planned.
The aircraft hit a large tire while landing, causing damage to the landing gear.
“I think we were a little bit in shock, at least I was. He said ‘you okay?’ I said ‘I’m okay,'” Smith said. “He [Dawson] did a great job.”
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Two men escaped injury when their small, fixed-wing airplane crashed while making an emergency landing Sunday morning at the Greene County Fairgrounds in Franklin Township.
State police in Waynesburg said Daniel Dean Smith, 71, of New Freeport, and Paul Henry Dawson, 71, of Greensburg, were operating the airplane when they had to execute the emergency landing about 9:30 a.m.
The airplane hit a large tire while landing, causing damage to the landing gear. The airplane came to rest in a grassy area.
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating.