Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Zenith CH 750, N61LR: Accident occurred August 24, 2017 in Manila, Mississippi County, Arkansas

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Little Rock, Arkansas

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

NTSB Identification: CEN17LA329
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, August 24, 2017 in Manila, AR
Aircraft: JAMES M RAULERSON CH 750, registration: N61LR
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 August 24, 2017, about 1000 central daylight time, a Zenith CH 750 airplane, N61LR, experienced a total loss of engine power and landed in a field near Manila, Arkansas. The private pilot and one passenger were not injured and the airplane sustained substantial damage. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and no flight plan was filed. The cross-country flight departed Delta Regional Airport (DRP), Colt, Arkansas about 0930 and was en route to Steele Municipal Airport (M12), Steele, Missouri. 

The pilot stated that earlier that morning he flew from M12 to DRP with no anomalies noted. During the return flight at 2,000 ft above ground level, the cylinder head temperature (CHT) on one cylinders was higher than normal. He reduced the throttle and the CHT decreased, then later increased to 340°. He heard a loud "bang" from the engine, and the airplane and engine both shuttered. He reduced the throttle to idle and made a forced landing in a bean field. During the lading roll the nose wheel collapsed in the mud and the airplane came to rest upright. 

The airplane has been retained for further examination.

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