Friday, September 7, 2018

Cubcrafters CC11-160 Carbon Cub SS, registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as personal flight, 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 Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


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


https://registry.faa.gov/N71BN


Location: Lancaster, OH
Accident Number: CEN18LA370
Date & Time: 08/31/2018, 1345 EDT
Registration: N71BN
Aircraft: CUBCRAFTERS CC11-160
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Fuel related
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 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, about 1045, and was destined for LHQ.

The pilot reported that while descending from cruise flight to traffic pattern altitude, the airplane's engine began to run rough. The pilot applied carburetor heat which made the roughness very bad and he turned the carburetor heat off. When he did this, the engine lost all power. The airplane's altitude was about 2,000 ft. msl (1,200 ft. agl), and the pilot performed an off-airport landing to a farm field. During the landing, the airplane nosed over in the waist-high vegetation. The pilot reported that there were no mechanical malfunctions or failures of the airplane, and noted earlier use of carburetor heat at the beginning of the descent as an operator recommendation.

The weather conditions at LHQ about the time of the accident included a recorded temperature of 28° C and a dew point of 21° C. According to a carburetor icing probability chart, this was in the range of susceptibility for serious icing during descent power settings. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Airline Transport; Commercial
Age: 65, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Multi-engine Land; Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane Multi-engine; Airplane Single-engine; Instrument Airplane
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 1 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 07/24/2018
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 
Flight Time:   20948 hours (Total, all aircraft), 38 hours (Total, this make and model), 15406 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 109 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 42 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: CUBCRAFTERS
Registration: N71BN
Model/Series: CC11-160
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2009
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental Light Sport
Serial Number: CC11-00107
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 09/20/2017, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1320 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 36 Hours
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 943 Hours at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Cub Crafters
ELT:
Engine Model/Series: CC340
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 180 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: LHQ, 868 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 3 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1353 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 0°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Light and Variable /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: /
Wind Direction: Variable
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 30.17 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 28°C / 21°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Chapel Hill, NC (5NC5)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Lancaster, OH (LHQ)
Type of Clearance: VFR Flight Following
Departure Time: 1045 EDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

Airport Information

Airport: Fairfield County (LHQ)
Runway Surface Type: N/A
Airport Elevation: 868 ft
Runway Surface Condition: 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: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 39.755556, -82.657222

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.

Original article ➤ https://www.lancastereaglegazette.com

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