Friday, May 12, 2017

Zenair CH-601 HDS Zodiac, N1041N: Accident occurred May 11, 2017 in Orangeville, Stephenson County, Illinois

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entities:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Dupage, Illinois
Rotax Aircraft engines - Rotech Flight Safety; BC 

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf 

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms

NTSB Identification: CEN17LA180 
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, May 11, 2017 in Orangeville, IL
Aircraft: BROKAW BERGON F ZODIAC, registration: N1041N
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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 11, 2017, about 1945 central daylight time, a Brokaw Bergon Zodiac airplane, N1041N conducted a forced landing near Orangeville, Illinois. The pilot received serious injuries and the airplane was substantially damaged during the accident. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of the 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time. 

The pilot reported that he had flown for 35 minutes and planned to do another takeoff and landing at his private airstrip. Just after the takeoff and while he was in the climb, the engine started to run rough and then lost power. The pilot selected a hay field for the forced landing; however, the airplane impacted terrain hard and came then to rest up-right.

The responding Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector noted substantial damage to the airplane's fuselage and wings. The right wing fuel tank appeared empty, fuel was visible in the left wing fuel tank, and only residual fuel remained in the header tank, which appeared to have been breached during the impact. A fuel pump circuit breaker was also open, and the fuel selector was in the off position. 

The airplane was recovered to the pilot's hangar, and an examination was conducted by an FAA inspector and a technical representative from the engine manufacturer on May 20, 2017. The engine's three bladed propeller (with one broken blade) was absent rotational signatures; the sparkplugs were removed and appeared normal. The engine was then rotated by hand and a thumb compression and continuity check through the drive/valve train was established. Both carburetor float bowls were removed and were empty of fuel; no contaminants or obstructions were noted. The gascolator was removed and only a small amount of fuel was found.

The fuel line to the gascolator was then placed in a container of automobile fuel. The engine was then started and run to power for several minutes; no abnormalities were noted. With the fuel source removed, the engine ran rough, then lost power. A post run examination of the carburetor float bowls, fuel pump, and gascolator found levels of fuel similar to that found prior to the engine run.

http://registry.faa.gov/N1041N

NTSB Identification: CEN17LA180
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, May 11, 2017 in Orangeville, IL
Aircraft: BROKAW BERGON F ZODIAC, registration: N1041N
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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 11, 2017, about 1945 central daylight time, a Brokaw Bergon Zodiac airplane, N1041N conducted a forced landing near Orangeville, Illinois. The private rated pilot received serious injuries and the airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of the 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time. 

Initial information from the responding Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector, indicated the pilot was on a return flight. During cruise, the engine lost power, and the pilot selected a hay field for the forced landing. The airplane landed hard and came to rest up right. The inspector noted substantial damage to the airplane's fuselage and fuel was present on site. 

The airplane was retained for further examination.

ORANGEVILLE, Illinois - An Orangeville man is recovering from non-life threatening injuries after force landing his plane.

The Stephenson County Sheriff's Office says Mark Baker was flying a Zenair CH-601 HDS Zodiac when the engine loss power Thursday just before 8:00 P.M. 

Baker landed the plane in a field west of 12977 North Hogback Road in Orangeville. 

Baker was taken to Monroe Clinic and treated for his injuries.

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