Saturday, October 20, 2018

Zenith Zodiac 601XL, registered to and operated by the pilot, N577M: Accident occurred July 20, 2017 in Grady, Lincoln County, Arkansas

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Little Rock, Arkansas

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


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

http://registry.faa.gov/N577M

Location: Grady, AR
Accident Number: CEN17LA313
Date & Time: 07/20/2017, 1645 CDT
Registration: N577M
Aircraft: CANION MICHAEL W ZODIAC 601XL
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Electrical system malf/failure
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under:  Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On July 20, 2017, about 1645 central daylight time, an amateur-built Canion, Zodiac 601XL airplane, N577M, received substantial damage to the engine firewall during a forced landing to a field following a loss of engine power near Grady, Arkansas. The pilot was not injured. The aircraft was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which was not on a flight plan. The flight originated from the Center Texas Municipal Airport (F17) about 1330 and the intended destination was the Kirk Field Airport (PGR), near Paragould, Arkansas.

The pilot reported that about 90 minutes into the flight he lost power to his on-board avionics equipment. Shortly thereafter, the airplane's engine lost all power and the propeller began windmilling. Attempts to restart the engine were unsuccessful and the pilot attempted an off-airfield landing to a corn field. During the landing the nose wheel "dug in".

Examination of the airplane after the accident revealed a broken wire to the airplane's alternator. Specifically, the broken wire supplied electrical power to the alternator field coil, rendering the alternator inoperative. Additionally, the airplane's engine had been modified to use an electronic ignition system that operated from the airplane's electrical system. The electrical system included a battery and the alternator to maintain the battery's charge. The airplane received damage to the firewall and forward fuselage supporting structure.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Sport Pilot
Age: 64, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: BasicMed Without Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 06/20/2017
Flight Time: 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: CANION MICHAEL W
Registration: N577M
Model/Series: ZODIAC 601XL XL
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2005
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 6-4210
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection:  Unknown
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1320 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time:
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT:
Engine Model/Series: O-235-C2C
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 115 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: PBF, 205 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 13 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1653 CDT
Direction from Accident Site: 300°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 3 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: /
Wind Direction: 210°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: /
Altimeter Setting: 30.03 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 35°C / 21°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: CENTER, TX (F17)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: PARAGOULD, AR (PGR)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1330 CDT
Type of Airspace: Class G

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:  None
Latitude, Longitude:  34.080000, -91.700833 (est)

NTSB Identification: CEN17LA313
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, July 20, 2017 in Grady, AR
Aircraft: CANION MICHAEL W ZODIAC 601XL, registration: N577M
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On July 20, 2017, about 1645 central daylight time,, an amateur-built Canon, Zodiac 601XL airplane, N577M, received substantial damage to the engine firewall during a forced landing to a field following a loss of engine power near Grady, Arkansas. The pilot was not injured. The aircraft was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which was not on a flight plan. The flight originated from the Center Texas Municipal Airport (F17) about 1330 and the intended destination was the Kirk Field Airport (PGR), near Paragould, Arkansas.

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