Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Zenith Zodiac CH 601 XL, N718LR: Incident occurred August 06, 2019 near Harmony Valley Airport (16KS), Independence, Montgomery County, Kansas

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Wichita, Kansas

Aircraft crashed in a field on takeoff.

Coffeyville Aircraft Inc

Date: 06-AUG-19
Time: 14:55:00Z
Regis#: N718LR
Aircraft Make: ZODIAC
Aircraft Model: CH601
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
State: KANSAS 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Kansas — A Kansas man avoided injury after a small plane made an emergency landing just before 10 a.m. Tuesday in Montgomery County.

The Kansas Highway Patrol reported a Zenith Zodiac piloted by John C. Cambron, Jr., 64, Coffeyville, was taking off from the Harmony Valley Airpark, east of Independence.

Shortly after takeoff the aircraft started pulling to the right, so the pilot attempted an emergency landing on the grass field just north of the runway.

At landing the left wing tip touched ground and the nose wheel dug in forcing it to collapse and the aircraft came to a stop.

Cambron was uninjured and able to climb out of the aircraft, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol. The accident remains under investigation.

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