Thursday, October 10, 2019

Zenith STOL CH701, N701BJ: Accident occurred October 05, 2019 in Garden Ridge, Comal 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: Garden Ridge, TX
Accident Number: CEN20LA005
Date & Time: 10/05/2019, 1030 CDT
Registration: N701BJ
Aircraft: Zenair ZENITH CH 701
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On October 5, 2019, about 1030 CDT, a Zenair Zenith CH-701 airplane, N701BJ, impacted terrain near Garden Ridge, Texas, following a partial loss of engine power after takeoff. The private pilot and passenger were not injured. The airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to the pilot and operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed about the time of the accident, and the flight was operating without a flight plan at the time of the accident. The flight was originating from Kitty Hawk Flying Field Ultralight Flightpark (TS67), Texas, at the time of the accident.

The pilot reported the airplane was fully loaded with fuel, it started normally, and all preflight checks were normal. The airplane reached 10-15 ft above the ground during takeoff when the engine RPM rolled back "opposite of a surge." The pilot pulled the power back to idle and landed straight ahead in an area of brush off the end of the runway. The right main landing gear and nose landing gear collapsed, and the fuselage exhibited buckling. The wreckage was retained for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Zenair
Registration: N701BJ
Model/Series: ZENITH CH 701 No Series
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
Operator: Smith James J
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
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Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Garden Ridge, TX (TS67)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 29.621944, -98.277222

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