Sunday, July 2, 2017

Zenith Zodiac CH650B, N650LN: Accident occurred July 02, 2017 at Lazy B Ranch Airport (0P8), Dover, York County, Pennsylvania

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 

NTSB Identification: ERA17LA233
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Sunday, July 02, 2017 in Dover, PA
Aircraft: LAWRENCE O NOLTE ZODIAC CH650B, registration: N650LN
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 2, 2017, about 1325 eastern daylight time, an experimental amateur-built Zodiac CH650B, N650LN, was substantially damaged during landing at Lazy B Ranch Airport (0P8), Dover, Pennsylvania. The private pilot was not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot as a 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 test flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and no flight plan was filed for the local flight.

According to the pilot, the accident flight was the first flight of the Phase 1 test period for the experimental airplane. During the flight, while on the crosswind leg of the airport traffic pattern for runway 5, the engine lost total power and the pilot noted that there was no fuel pressure indication or electrical system charge. He attempted to restart the engine with the secondary fuel pump, however, the engine would not start. He maneuvered the airplane to land on runway 5 and stated that the airplane touched down longer and faster than "normal due to a no flap condition." The airplane overran the runway, impacted a fence, and came to rest on its nose.

According to a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector who examined the airplane, the firewall and engine mounts were substantially damaged.

According to FAA records, the airplane was issued an experimental airworthiness certificate on December 16, 2016. The two-seat, low wing, monoplane was equipped with a Continental Motors Inc. O-200 series, 100 hp, engine. According to the airframe maintenance logbook, the most recent condition inspection was performed on June 17, 2017, at a total time of 0 hours. At the time of the accident, the airplane had accumulated 0.8 hours. According to the pilot, the airplane was equipped with primary and secondary electrically driven fuel pumps. In addition, the flaps were electrically actuated.

The airplane was retained for further examination.

An aircraft made an emergency landing Sunday afternoon in Conewago Township, according to Northern York County Regional Police.

The small plane had a rough landing after experiencing engine problems near the Lazy B Ranch Airport on Bull Road, police said.

Fire officials responded shortly after 1:30, according to Strinestown Community Fire Chief Frosty Wertz.

He said the small private plane was being flown by a man in his late 60s when, after a couple of passes, the plane's engine stopped working mid-air.

Wertz said as the man tried to land the plane down the runway at La-Z-B Airport, "the wind caught him" and crash landed a short distance away.

The plane is registered to Lawrence Nolte of New Oxford, Adams County, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Wertz said the plane was "brand new" when it was flown, but was suffered "moderate to extensive front-end damage" as a result of the accident.

He added the aircraft was leaking fuel but did not catch fire.

The pilot, who was the only person in the plane, was uninjured, according to Wertz.

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