Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Zenith STOL CH 701, N396PH: Accident occurred April 30, 2019 at Mountain Empire Airport (KMKJ), Groseclose, Smyth County, Virginia

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. 

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

Additional Participating Entity: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Charleston, West Virginia

Location: Marion, VA
Accident Number: WPR19TA142
Date & Time: 04/30/2019, 1850 EDT
Registration: N396PH
Aircraft: Zenair Zenith CH 701
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On April 30, 2019, about 1850 eastern daylight time, an experimental amateur built Zenair Zenith CH701 tailwheel equipped airplane, N396PH, was substantially damaged during landing at the Mountain Empire Airport (MYK), Marion, Virginia. The non-certificated pilot was not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local flight, which originated about 6 minutes prior to the accident.

The pilot reported that while landing on runway 26, the airplane descended rapidly from about 15 ft above ground level (agl), landed hard, and bounced. The pilot said he was able to regain control of the airplane, however, as the airplane climbed through about 20 ft agl, it dropped rapidly a second time and landed hard. Subsequently, the right main landing gear wheel assembly separated and the airplane veered to the right before it came to rest upright on the edge of the runway.

Examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the fuselage and left wing were substantially damaged.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Zenair
Registration: N396PH
Model/Series: Zenith CH 701
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:  KMKJ, 2559 ft msl
Observation Time: 2253 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C / 15°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 4900 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.26 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Marion, VA (MKJ)
Destination: Marion, VA (MKJ)

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: 36.894444, -81.350556 (est)

A small private airplane suffered minor damage Tuesday evening when taking off at Mountain Empire Airport in Groseclose.

According to the Virginia State Police, the agency was called to the airport at 6:39 p.m. for a report of a disabled aircraft. The plane was taxiing down the runway when a wheel came off which caused the plane to slide off into the grass.

The pilot was not injured and the Federal Aviation Administration was notified.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.swvatoday.com

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