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Zenith CH 750, N750AD: Accident occurred December 09, 2017 at Venango Regional Airport (KFKL), Franklin, Pennsylvania

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

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Franklin, PA
Accident Number: GAA18CA083
Date & Time: 12/09/2017, 1315 EST
Registration: N750AD
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control in flight
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Flight Test 

According to the pilot in the experimental amateur-built airplane, he was conducting a flight test. During the takeoff roll, he applied "too much aft stick," and the airplane entered an unintentional steep climb at a low airspeed. The airplane rolled left about 30°, he corrected to the right and the airplane's nose dropped. The pilot further reported that he may have reduced the throttle and overcorrected to the right. The airplane stalled and impacted the ground.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the right wing.

The pilot reported that this was his second flight in the accident airplane.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Sport Pilot
Age: 66, 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: Sport Pilot Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 06/28/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 11/11/2017
Flight Time:  (Estimated) 56 hours (Total, all aircraft), 8 hours (Total, this make and model), 10 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 16 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 8 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Registration: N750AD
Model/Series: ZENITH CH750 NO SERIES
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2017
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 75-8235
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 10/24/2017, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1320 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 0.5 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: UL Power Aero
ELT: C126 installed, not activated
Engine Model/Series: UL350iS
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 130 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: KFKL, 1539 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1756 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 319°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility: 10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 8 knots 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None
Wind Direction: 160°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.73 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: -1°C / -11°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Franklin, PA (FKL)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Franklin, PA (FKL)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1315 EST
Type of Airspace: Class E

Airport Information

Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 1540 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 21
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5200 ft / 150 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None

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: 41.377500, -79.860556 (est)

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