Monday, December 09, 2019

Zenith Zodiac CH-650, N914AR: Accident occurred December 08, 2019 near Willow Springs Memorial Airport (1H5), Howell County, Missouri

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; St. Louis

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Willow Springs, MO
Accident Number: ERA20LA050
Date & Time: 12/08/2019, 1515 CST
Registration: N914AR
Aircraft: Zenith ZODIAC CH-650
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On December 8, 2019, about 1515 central standard time, an experimental amateur-built Zenith Zodiac CH-650, N914AR, was substantially damaged during a forced landing at Willow Springs Memorial Airport (1H5), Willow Springs, Missouri. The private pilot sustained minor injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the personal local flight. The airplane was privately owned and operated under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

According to the pilot, he adjusted the ground adjustable propeller and was going to test fly the airplane. During initial climb, the engine lost total power. A few seconds later, the engine restarted on its own, but shortly lost total power again. He turned back to the runway but knew he would not make it and set up for an off-field landing. The pilot could not recall the subsequent events leading up to the accident.

The two-seat, single-engine, low-wing airplane was built in 2012, and was equipped with a Lycoming O-290 series 150 horsepower engine. The most recent condition inspection was completed on June 28, 2017. At the time of accident, the airframe total time was 8.6 hours, and the engine total time was 2,331.5 hours.

The pilot held a commercial pilot certificate, with ratings for airplane single-engine land, multi-engine land, rotorcraft-helicopter, instrument airplane, and instrument helicopter. His most recent Federal Aviation Administration basic medical certificate was issued on January 9, 2018. He reported 14,461.1 total hours of flight experience at the time of the accident.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Zenith
Registration: N914AR
Model/Series: ZODIAC CH-650 No Series
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: KUNO, 1223 ft msl
Observation Time: 1953 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 7 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 7°C / 5°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / , 140°
Lowest Ceiling: Overcast / 700 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.91 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Willow Springs, MO (1H5)
Destination: Willow Springs, MO (1H5) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 36.984167, -91.955556

WILLOW SPRINGS, Missouri — A pilot of a small experimental aircraft walked away from a Sunday plane crash with minor injuries, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

Troop G Information Officer Sgt. Jeff Kinder told Ozark Radio News that the pilot reported losing power to the plane before the crash around 3:19 pm Sunday. The unidentified pilot was treated at an area hospital.

The crash took place 700 feet short of the Willow Springs Memorial Airport and clipped a home near Business 60/63. The home sustained minor damage. No one in the home was injured.

Original article ➤

WILLOW SPRINGS, Missouri -- The Willow Springs Police Department says a call of a downed plane came in around 3:30 PM, Sunday afternoon.

People in the area of Main St. and Holloway Dr. say they saw the plane come down in the neighborhood.

Missouri State Highway Patrol said the pilot tried to land on an airfield near his house.

Parts of the plane were scattered a few yards away from where the crash landing happened.

The house was not hit. The pilot seemed to be okay when emergency responders arrived.

Yvette Sexton who witnessed the scene moments after the crash said it was a shocking thing to see.

"Holy crap it's not everyday you see a plane fall out of the sky," said Sexton. "It was shocking. My granddaughter, she just, 'grandma what's going on? Grandma what's going on?' I said, 'well baby, they're taking care of him. He seems to be ok.' We were just scared for him."

Investigators, including the Federal Aviation Administration are working to determine what caused the crash.

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  1. One report says house was hit and damaged, other states house was not hit. How could they disagree on this?

  2. It looks like the plane came down before the house in the yard then spun around and hit the house while on the ground. When most people think of an aircraft hitting a house, they think of it from the air. So yes, some clarification is needed. If indeed that's what happened because I highly down the aircraft crashed nose down where it sat.

  3. Yeh.... Just missed the Runway by that much, ....close does not count !
    Extra credit for banging up the house.

  4. 700 overcast, doing a test flight?