Monday, July 11, 2016

Zenair STOL CH-701, N701ZG; accident occurred July 10, 2016 in Dexter, Washtenaw County, Michigan -Kathryn's Report

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA East Michigan FSDO-23

NTSB Identification: CEN16LA264
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, July 10, 2016 in Dexter, MI
Aircraft: ALONSO CH 701, registration: N701ZG
Injuries: 1 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 10, 2016, at 1223 eastern daylight time, an Alonso CH 701, N701ZG, collided with the terrain during an off airport landing in Dexter, Michigan, following a loss of engine power. The pilot was not injured. The airplane was substantially damaged. The aircraft was registered to a private individual and was operated under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which was not operated on a flight plan. The flight originated from Livingston County Spencer J Hardy Airport (OZW), Howell, Michigan about 1155.

The pilot reported he originally took off from the Howard Nixon Memorial Airport (50G), Chesaning, Michigan, and was flying to the Ann Arbor Municipal Airport (ARB) when the engine began running rough. He landed at OZW to examine the engine with another pilot who was flying in an accompanying airplane. He stated they were not able to find anything wrong with the engine. The started the engine and performed a run-up which he stated were normal so he took off to continue the flight to ARB. While en route, the engine started running rough once again and subsequently lost all power. 

The pilot chose to land in a soybean field. During the landing approach, he saw powerlines and had to lower the pitch altitude to fly under them. The airplane impacted hard in the field.

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