Friday, September 7, 2018

Cubcrafters CC11-160 Carbon Cub SS, N71BN: Accident occurred August 31, 2018 near Fairfield County Airport (KLHQ), Lancaster, 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 Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Lancaster, OH
Accident Number: CEN18LA370
Date & Time: 08/31/2018, 1345 EDT
Registration: N71BN
Aircraft: CUBCRAFTERS CC11-160
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On August 31, 2018, about 1345 eastern daylight time, a Cubcrafters CC11-160 airplane, N71BN, sustained substantial damage to the left wing strut when it nosed-over during a forced landing to a soybean field near following a complete loss of engine power. The airplane was descending to land at the Fairfield County Airport (LHQ), near Lancaster, Ohio. The pilot was not injured. The aircraft was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which was not operated on a flight plan. The flight originated from The Duchy Airport (5NC5), Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and was destined for LHQ. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: CUBCRAFTERS
Registration: N71BN
Model/Series: CC11-160
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
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: LHQ, 868 ft msl
Observation Time: 1753 UTC
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / 21°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Light and Variable / , Variable
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.17 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Chapel Hill, NC (5NC5)
Destination:  Lancaster, OH (LHQ) 

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:  39.755556, -82.657222

Short field landing.

HOCKING TOWNSHIP - A 65-year-old man from North Carolina was not hurt after his small plane crashed into a Fairfield County field Friday.

The man, from the Raleigh, N.C. area, crashed the plane around 2 p.m. after experiencing engine failure at 2,000 feet.

The crash occurred near the 2000 block of Lancaster-Circleville Road just past the Lancaster city corporation line.

The man said he did not want to give the Eagle-Gazette his name because he had not yet spoken to his insurance company or the Federal Aviation Administration. He was the only person on the yellow 2009 Carbon Cub SS.

"I was approaching downwind to enter Fairfield County Airport and I started experiencing engine power loss," the man said. "It became evident I was not going to be able to make the field, so I set up for a landing in this bean field."

He said the plane was OK on the initial contact with the ground, but flipped over on its back after rapidly decelerating.

"I was so close," the pilot said. "I was just 3 miles from the airport."

Skies were mostly clear, so he said he had a good view of the airport from the air.

The man was flying to Fairfield County for a funeral. "Not mine," he said, laughing.

He said his plane suffered significant strut damage to the left wing, a bent propeller and a cracked windshield.

"The aircraft lands at a very slow speed, so it's really difficult to get injured in a situation like this," the pilot said. "And in the field, the beans probably cushioned the impact as the plane flipped over."

He said the incident scared him "a little bit."

First responders included the Hocking Township Fire Dept., Ohio Highway Patrol the the Lancaster Fire Dept.

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