Friday, April 13, 2018

Zenith CH 750, N61LR, registered to and operated by the pilot: 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 Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


http://registry.faa.gov/N61LR

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board 

Location: Manila, AR
Accident Number: CEN17LA329
Date & Time: 08/24/2017, 1000 CDT
Registration: N61LR
Aircraft: JAMES M RAULERSON CH 750
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of engine power (total)
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On August 24, 2017, about 1000 central daylight time, a Zenith CH 750 airplane, N61LR, experienced a loss of engine power and landed in a field near Manila, Arkansas. The private rated 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 had been 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 in the day he flew from M12 to DRP with no engine 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°F. He then 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 landing roll the nose wheel collapsed in the mud and the airplane nosed over.

The responding Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector sent photos of the airplane in the bean field and confirmed substantial damage to the right wing and firewall. An exterior examination of the engine did not reveal any abnormalities.

The airplane was not made available during the investigation; therefore, an engine examination was not possible.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 57, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 3-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 08/28/2015
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 08/29/2017
Flight Time: 495 hours (Total, all aircraft), 401 hours (Total, this make and model), 41.9 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 22 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 1.1 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Manufacturer: JAMES M RAULERSON
Registration: N61LR
Model/Series: CH 750
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2014
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 75-8464
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 08/16/2017, Continuous Airworthiness
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1440 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 400 Hours as of last inspection
Engine Manufacturer: UL Power
ELT: Installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: 350i
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 118 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KBYH, 254 ft msl
Observation Time: 0955 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 13 Nautical Miles
Direction from Accident Site: 61°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C / 16°C
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots, 80°
Visibility (RVR):
Altimeter Setting: 30.06 inches Hg
Visibility (RVV):
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: COLT, AR (DRP)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: STEELE, MO (M12)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 0930 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: MANILA MUNI (MXA)
Runway Surface Type:
Airport Elevation: 242 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Rough; Vegetation
Runway Used: N/A
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width:
VFR Approach/Landing: Forced Landing 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude:  35.859167, -90.192500 (est)

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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