Friday, July 20, 2018

Loss of Engine Power (Partial): Quickie, N23JH; accident occurred July 19, 2018 near Zanesville Municipal Airport (KZZV), Muskingum County, Ohio

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Columbus, Ohio

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


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


http://registry.faa.gov/N23JH


Location: Zanesville, OH
Accident Number: CEN18LA284
Date & Time: 07/19/2018, 1600 EDT
Registration:N23JH 
Aircraft: Toomey Quickie
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of engine power (partial)
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On July 19, 2018, about 1600 eastern daylight time, a Toomie Quickie airplane, N23JH, impacted high vegetation, nosed over, and impacted terrain near Zanesville, Ohio, during a forced landing following an inflight loss of engine power. The commercial pilot was uninjured. The airplane sustained substantial canard and fuselage damage during the nose over. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed in the area about the time of the accident, and the flight was not operated on a flight plan. The flight originated from the Zanesville Municipal Airport (ZZV), near Zanesville, Ohio, about 1530.

According to the pilot, the airplane was not equipped with an electric starter and required the pilot to start the engine by rotating the propeller by hand. Additionally, the airplane required an electrical charge to operate the spark plugs' igniter as opposed to a spark from an engine driven magneto. The day before the accident flight, the airplane was grounded due to a dead battery. The pilot charged the battery with jumper cables and was able to start the airplane. However, the pilot subsequently installed a new battery and found it produced 13-14 volts versus the previous battery's 8.5-9.5 volts. The pilot cycled the engine through an engine run and departed from the Butler County Regional Airport-Hogan Field, near Hamilton, Ohio, and landed at ZZV about 1300.

The pilot discussed the intended photo mission with the flightcrew of the chase airplane. They decided that the pilot would position the airplane off the chase airplane's right wing north of the airport over an area where the terrain of rolling hills and wooded areas would provide the best backdrop for a northbound photo run. The photo mission was anticipated to take about 30 minutes to complete.

The pilot performed a quick preflight inspection, started the airplane, departed ZZV on runway 16, and performed a climbing left turnout to head north. Upon reaching 2,500 ft, about 1,500 ft above ground level (agl), he joined up with the chase airplane. Up to this point in the flight, there were no malfunctions and the pilot was able to keep the airplane in formation with the chase airplane.

The pilot signaled the end of the flight with a "rudder wag" and both airplanes headed back to ZZV. During the return flight, approximately 4 miles north of the airport, the airplane engine power dropped in excess of 1,000 rpm and its engine monitor indicated about twice the normal fuel flow. The pilot was able to maintain airspeed and altitude. He announced that the airplane was having engine trouble and was planning a straight-in landing.

The rpm subsequently began to decrease even further, about 20 rpm per second. The pilot determined that the airplane would not be able to make the airport. The pilot saw unsuitable terrain to the airplane's right, and to the left, a dogleg road pointed into the wind with fields beyond it. He announced his intentions over the ZZV unicom frequency, and began a descending right turn down toward the road. The pilot stated that when he lined the airplane up with the road, it had excess airspeed and that he knew he could not stop the airplane in time. He observed signs at the turn of this road and elected to fly over them. But, there were cornfields on the other side of the signs. The pilot reduced the power to idle and flew above the top of the corn, bleeding off as much airspeed as possible before "dropping in" the cornfield. The airplane's nose struck the ground and the "momentum and angle of the crash caused the tail of the aircraft to gently continue over before coming to rest upside down."

The pilot reported that even though the canopy had shattered during the impact, he, after unhooking from the harness, was unable to get out of the inverted wreckage. Fuel began to leak from the vent on the fuel tank filler cap and he "secured" the airplane. The pilot subsequently used his mobile phone's voice calling feature to call the chase airplane pilot and 9-1-1. The 9-1-1 call lasted about 30 minutes and the operator stayed on the line until the first responders were able to locate the pilot.

The accident airplane had a condition inspection completed on July 4, 2018. During the inspection, a cracked exhaust manifold was welded back together and reinstalled.

At 1553, the recorded weather at ZZV was wind 110° at 7 knots; visibility 10 statute miles; sky condition clear; temperature 28° C; dew point 13° C; altimeter 30.03 inches of mercury. The temperature and dew point present were favorable for the formation of serious carburetor icing at a descent power setting.

A Federal Aviation Administration Inspector examined the wreckage. The inspector observed a separation of the right-hand exhaust manifold which was directly beneath the intake breather for the engine. He also found the mixture set screw on the carburetor was very loose against the spring and was extended out. The cowling exhibited an impact mark in the location of the mixture screw.

The pilot's safety recommendation stated, "I was planning on installing stronger exhaust manifolds after the summer season because I wanted to take the aircraft to Oshkosh. I should have grounded the airplane when this same exhaust manifold broke previously."

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial
Age: 24, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land; Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied: Single
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 2 Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 03/16/2018
Occupational Pilot: Yes
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 03/30/2018
Flight Time:  586 hours (Total, all aircraft), 45 hours (Total, this make and model), 430 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 46 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 10 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Toomey
Registration: N23JH
Model/Series: Quickie
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture:2013 
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 003
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 1
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 07/04/2018, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 640 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 99.4 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Onan
ELT: Not installed
Engine Model/Series:
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 18 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: KZZV, 880 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 3 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1553 EDT
Direction from Accident Site: 187°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 7 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:
Wind Direction: 110°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:
Altimeter Setting: 30.03 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / 13°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Zanesville, OH (ZZV)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Zanesville, OH (ZZV)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1530 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class E

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 39.988611, -81.884722 (est)

Location: Zanesville, OH
Accident Number: CEN18LA284
Date & Time: 07/19/2018, 1555 EDT
Registration: N23JH
Aircraft: Toomey Quickie
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On July 19, 2018, about 1555 eastern daylight time, a Toomie Quickie airplane, N23JH, impacted high vegetation and nosed over on terrain near Zanesville, Ohio, during a forced landing following an inflight loss of engine power. The commercial pilot was uninjured. The airplane sustained substantial canard and fuselage damage during the nose over. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed in the area about the time of the accident, and the flight was not operated on a flight plan. The flight originated from the Zanesville Municipal Airport (ZZV), near Zanesville, Ohio.

According to initial information, the purpose of the flight was to have pictures taken inflight by another airplane. During the flight, the airplane lost engine power and the pilot attempted a forced landing. He impacted a cornfield and nosed over. He was unable to get out of the inverted airplane cockpit until first responders righted the airplane.

At 1553, the recorded weather at ZZV was: Wind 110° at 7 knots; visibility 10 statute miles; sky condition clear; temperature 28° C; dew point 13° C; altimeter 30.03 inches of mercury.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Toomey
Registration: N23JH
Model/Series: Quickie
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
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: KZZV, 880 ft msl
Observation Time: 1553 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 3 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / 13°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 110°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.03 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Zanesville, OH (ZZV)
Destination:

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude:  39.988611, -81.884722 (est)

 Photo courtesy of Jacob Havens



According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, pilot Jacob Havens flew out of Cincinnati earlier today to meet with friends at the Zanesville airport. Havens said he was flying an experimental aircraft built for one and was heading back to the airport when the plane started to lose power.

“On the way back to the airport I lost about half of my power on the aircraft,” Havens said. “So I did a 360 to land on this road right behind us here and had too much energy when I came in to land, there’s not a lot of other options out here so I just continued into the corn.”

Havens said he was trapped in the plane until first responders were able to rescue him.

“The aircraft was on top of me until, until they rescued me. I wasn’t pinned, I was able to move inside of the cockpit, but it was surrounding me so I couldn’t get out,” Havens said.

Havens said he was not injured.  The Federal Aviation Administration is as sitting with the investigation into the accident.  The Highway Patrol is recognizing the efforts of Perry, Washington and New Concord Volunteer firefighters in locating the plane wreckage.

Story and video ➤ https://www.whiznews.com


Photo via Jacob Havens





ZANESVILLE - Jacob Havens has been a pilot for seven years, but had a scare on Thursday afternoon.

Havens was flying solo in an experimental aircraft, a Quickie Q1, when he started losing power in the cockpit and eventually crashed in a cornfield near the area of Norfield and Sonora roads just before 4 p.m. Thursday.

His engine failed about three miles north of the airport, and Havens was forced to crash land in the field after losing all power.

Havens, who is from Findlay and lives in the Cincinnati area, was restrained after his plane flipped over. Emergency crews freed him, and Havens was checked by medical personnel at the scene and released.

This was the first incident Havens has experienced as a pilot. A friend from the Zanesville area was piloting another aircraft taking photos of Haven's plane when it lost power. The second plane landed at the airport without incident.

"When I started losing power, I tried to make a beeline to the airport," Havens said. "It kept dropping RPMs so I did a 360 and tried to land on the road. But, my energy carried me into the field."

Havens did not have insurance on the plane.

Ohio State Highway Patrol Sgt. Jeffrey Jirles said the plane is a total loss. It will be recovered from cornfield on Friday, and the Federal Aviation Administration will examine it.

"It was a short search as a local pilot helped us find it," Jirles said. "(The aircraft) is well off the main road and makes the recovery difficult."

Perry and Washington Township as well as New Concord fire departments assisted at the scene. The crash remains under investigation by the Ohio State Patrol, with assistance from the FAA.

This was the second plane crash in this area so far this year.

A plane traveling from Elyria, Ohio to Deland, Florida crashed in Coshocton County in April. The Zanesville Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said pilot Edward Zezlina, 67, and passenger Linda O-Brien, 71, of Grafton, died after their plane crashed about five miles west of Blissfied. The owner of the property where the crash happened said his wife heard an engine noise followed by the crash. The wreckage was discovered a couple of hours.

Story and video ➤ https://www.zanesvilletimesrecorder.com

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