Sunday, October 2, 2016

Zenith STOL CH-701, N768HA: Accident occurred October 02, 2016 in Berryton, Monmouth Township, Shawnee County, Kansas

FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Wichita FSDO-64

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

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NTSB Identification: GAA17CA003
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, October 02, 2016 in Berryton, KS
Aircraft: ANDREW HAROLD STOL CH 701, registration: N768HA
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators used data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator and did not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

The pilot reported that during the landing on a grass runway at his private property, he "crabbed for the [cross] wind but did not neutralize the rudder pedals soon enough." He further reported that when the airplane touched down, the airplane veered off the runway to the right and the nose wheel collapsed in soft mud. During the runway excursion, the right wing impacted terrain and was substantially damaged.

The pilot reported no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The automated weather observing system about the time of the accident, 5 nautical miles north of the accident site, recorded the wind at 160 degrees true at 4 knots. The pilot reported that he landed in a northeast direction.

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- A small sport plane made an unexpected landing in a Topeka neighborhood Sunday afternoon.

Kansas Highway Patrol was called to the scene around 4:00 p.m., where they found the plane sitting on a private runway near 45th and Paulsen.

KHP Trooper Raymond Ramirez told 13 NEWS the pilot, James Long, was the only person inside and that he was not injured.

"There is minor damage to airplane. It just landed hard and bent its nose wheel, causing it to tip and also hit the propeller and wing," said Trooper Ramirez.

He said plane crashes are very uncommon in our area, having responded to only a handful in his 15 year career.

Long spoke with 13 NEWS after his plane crashed. He said he was adjusting for the crosswind, but the nose ended up dragging along the ground for a stretch.

"I was depressed because I know it's a lot of money to repair my plane. I wasn't hurt or scared at all, I knew immediately what had happened," said Long.

Long said he enjoys flying frequently, and is already anxious to get his plane in the air again.

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A small plane sustained damage as it landed in a private airfield at S.E. 45th and Paulen Road, about 2.5 miles east of the Topeka city limits.

The incident was reported around 3:30 p.m. Sunday, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol’s crash log.

The pilot, 67-year-old James Long, of Berryton, wasn’t injured.

Emergency crews on the scene said the pilot “nosed in.”

The pilot was attempting to land west to east when the plane came across a slight crosswind. Long adjusted for the crosswind. The plane touched down and Long continued to adjust for the crosswind instead of allowing the plane to coast in the direction it was traveling, the crash log indicated. The plane’s landing gear bent and the right wing struck the ground.


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