Sunday, July 21, 2019

Zenair CH 601XL, N601MR: Accident occurred July 13, 2019 at Carlisle Airport (N94), Cumberland County, Pennsylvania

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

Additional Participating Entity:

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Carlisle, PA

Accident Number: ERA19LA224
Date & Time: 07/13/2019, 0850 EDT
Registration: N601MR
Aircraft: Zenith CH601
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On July 13, 2019, about 0850 eastern daylight time, an experimental, amateur-built Zenith CH 601XL, N601MR, was substantially damaged during a forced landing shortly after takeoff from Carlisle Airport (N94), Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The private pilot was not injured. The airplane was privately owned and operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident and no flight plan was filed for the flight to York Airport (THV), York, Pennsylvania.

According to the pilot, the accident occurred during the airplane's first flight of the day. He noted water in the fuel tanks while performing a preflight inspection and sampled the fuel until it appeared clear of contamination. The pilot completed the engine run-up and takeoff roll with no anomalies noted. After takeoff and during the initial climb about 200 ft above the runway, the engine stopped producing power and the propeller stopped. The pilot stated that he elected to touch down on the remaining runway. The airplane overran the departure end of the runway and impacted a ditch.

The airplane came to rest upright in low brush about 225 ft from the departure end of runway 28. The airplane was pitched nose down and the nose gear was collapsed. Examination by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) airworthiness inspector revealed that the engine cowling was crushed aft and the engine mounts were damaged.

According to FAA airman records, the pilot held a private pilot certificate with a rating for airplane single-engine land. The pilot reported 402.7 total hours of flight experience of which 313 hours were in the accident airplane make and model.

At 0856, the weather reported at Capital City Airport (CXY), about 15 miles east of the accident site, included wind from 240° at 8 knots, visibility of 10 miles, clear skies, temperature 24° C, dew point 17° C, and an altimeter setting of 30.00 inches of mercury.

The wreckage was retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Zenith
Registration: N601MR
Model/Series: CH601 XL
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: KCXY, 347 ft msl
Observation Time: 0856 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 15 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C / 17°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / , 240°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Carlisle, PA (N94)
Destination: York, PA (THV)

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: 40.187778, -77.169444 (est)

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