Sunday, September 23, 2018

Zenith STOL CH-750, N752VK: Incident occurred September 23, 2018 in DeLeon Springs, Volusia County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida

Landed hard and inverted in a field due to unknown circumstances.

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Date: 23-SEP-18
Time: 19:50:00Z
Regis#: N752VK
Aircraft Model: CH 750
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91

A single engine airplane flipped over in a field in DeLeon Springs Sunday afternoon while trying to make an emergency landing after an engine malfunction, officials said.

Volusia County Fire Services Battalion Chief Nick Castelli said two people were in the aircraft and only suffered minor injuries.

According to sheriff’s spokesman Andrew Gant, deputies were called to 5660 Johnson Lake Road around 3:27 p.m. reference an aircraft crash.

When deputies arrived on scene, they made contact with the pilot, Herbert Weems and his passenger, Kenneth Brownell.

Weens said that while in flight, an engine malfunction forced them to land the aircraft in a field on Johnson Lake Road. Weens said he misjudged the slope of the ground, causing the front tire to touch ground, damaging it on impact and flipping the airplane, Gant said.

Bystanders said the flight was a present for Brownell, who was celebrating his 89th birthday on Sunday.

Weems and Brownell suffered minor injuries and were transported by EVAC ambulance to Florida Hospital Deland. The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board were notified of the airplane accident, Gant said.

Original article ➤

DELEON SPRINGS, Fla. —  A pilot and a passenger had to be pulled out of a plane in DeLeon Springs, officials said.

The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said a small plane landed near Johnson Lake Road and flipped over.

Authorities said the pilot, Herbert Weems, experienced an engine problem and tried to put the plane down. Weems said he misjudged the slope which damaged the landing gear and caused the plane to flip, officials said.

According to witnesses, the pilot was hanging upside down and they had to cut him out while Kenneth Brownell, his passenger, was crawling out the door. Witnesses said Brownell told witnesses it was his 89 birthday and the ride on the plane was his present.

The men were taken to a hospital as a precaution. The Federal Aviation Administration said the plane is a Stol CH 750 light sport utility aircraft. 

Original article can be found here ➤


Mike Rhodes said...

Follow up finding. Turns out it was pilot error.

Mike Rhodes said...

Follow up, turns out to be pilot error