Friday, September 28, 2018

Zenith STOL CH750, N946JY: Accident occurred September 10, 2018 near Draughon-Miller Central Texas Regional Airport (KTPL), Temple, Bell County, Texas

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; San Antonio, Texas

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Temple, TX
Accident Number: CEN18LA385
Date & Time: 09/10/2018, 0845 CDT
Registration: N946JY
Aircraft: Zenair ZENITH CH 750
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On September 10, 2018, about 0845 central daylight time, a Lynch Zenith 750 experimental amateur-built airplane, N946JY, impacted soft terrain during a forced landing following a partial loss of engine power during initial climb near Temple, Texas. The private pilot sustained minor injuries, and the airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and no flight plan had been filed. The local flight departed the Draughon-Miller Central Texas Regional Airport, Temple, Texas.

According to the pilot, prior to takeoff, he completed a preflight, engine start, and two engine run-ups. No abnormal engine indications or anomalies were noted during those tasks. Shortly after takeoff about 400 ft above ground level, the engine began to vibrate, and a loss of power was noticed by the pilot. The pilot applied carburetor heat and no change to the engine was observed. Due to the low altitude, the pilot elected not to make a turn back to the runway and to execute a forced landing to a field that was in front of him. The airplane touched down in a soft field, and the nose gear collapsed. The airplane skidded about 20 yards and came to rest upright.

The pilot departed with about 24 gallons of fuel in the fuel tanks. After the accident, no fuel was found to be leaking from the airplane. The pilot reported that there were no mechanical malfunctions or failures with the airplane.

The pilot stated the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector examined the engine and did not find any anomalies that would have precluded normal operation.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Zenair
Registration: N946JY
Model/Series: ZENITH CH 750 No Series
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:
Observation Time: 0810 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 21°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 360°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 3000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting:
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Temple, TX (TPL)
Destination: Temple, TX (TPL) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude:  31.173056, -97.413333 (est) 

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