Tuesday, January 07, 2020

Loss of Control in Flight: Zenith STOL CH 701, N102PH; accident occurred November 01, 2019 at McNary Field Airport (KSLE), Salem, Marion County, Oregon

View of fuselage damage.

View of fuselage damage.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland, Oregon

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms


Location: Salem, OR
Accident Number: GAA20CA053
Date & Time: 11/01/2019, 1530 PDT
Registration: N102PH
Aircraft: ZENAIR CH701
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control in flight
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Flight Test 

The pilot reported that, while taking off, the airplane, "suddenly jumped" about 30 ft into the air with a nose high attitude and rolled to the right. He corrected by, applying left and forward input on the flight controls. The airplane then rolled to the left. Attempting to level the wings, he reduced power and the airplane impacted terrain.

The pilot further reported that, it was his first flight in the experimental amateur-built airplane and should have waited for calm winds before trying first flight in unfamiliar aircraft.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

The airport's automated weather observation station reported that, about the time of the accident, accident, the wind was from 360° at 12 knots. The airplane was departing from runway 34. 

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 69, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land
Seat Occupied: Unknown
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used:
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Sport Pilot With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 01/09/1986
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 07/22/2019
Flight Time: (Estimated) , 280 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 0.5 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: ZENAIR
Registration: N102PH
Model/Series: CH701
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2009
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental
Serial Number: 7-8890
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 08/27/2019, Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1100 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 0 Hours
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
ELT: C91 installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: 912 ULS
Registered Owner: On file
Rated Power: 100 hp
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: KSLE, 201 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 2356 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 167°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 12 knots /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 360°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.27 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 15°C / -6°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Salem, OR (SLE)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Salem, OR (SLE)
Type of Clearance: VFR
Departure Time: 1530 PDT
Type of Airspace: Class C

Airport Information

Airport: Mcnary Fld (SLE)
Runway Surface Type: Asphalt
Airport Elevation: 213 ft
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 34
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 5146 ft / 100 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: None

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: 44.909444, -123.002500 (est)

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