Monday, March 02, 2020

Zenair CH601XL, N601ND: Accident occurred February 29, 2020 near Cabool Memorial Airport (KTVB), Texas County, Missouri

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. 

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

Location: Cabool, MO
Accident Number: CEN20LA107
Date & Time: 02/29/2020, 1534 CST
Registration: N601ND
Aircraft: Zenith CH601
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Unknown

On February 29, 2020, at 1534 central standard time, an experimental amateur-built Zodiac 601XLB, N601ND, was involved in an accident near the Cabool Memorial Airport (TVB), Cabool, Missouri. The pilot and passenger were uninjured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

According to the pilot, the cockpit filled with black smoke "suddenly" after departing TVB. The engine then sputtered and ceased operating. He attempted to return to TVB but landed in field short of the runway.

The airplane was recovered and will be examined. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Zenith
Registration: N601ND
Model/Series:CH601 XL 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
Operator: Pilot
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
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Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Cabool, MO (TVB)
Destination: Rolla/Vichy, MO

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: 37.132500, -92.083889 (est)

TEXAS COUNTY, Missouri -- Two men avoided serious injuries after a plane crashed Saturday afternoon in Texas County near Cabool.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says an 86-year-old pilot and a 66-year-old passenger, both from Rolla, escaped from the plane without major injuries.

The plane went down around 3:30 p.m. near Highway PP and Hamilton Creek Road.

The pilot told state troopers that the cockpit filled with smoke when he took off from the Cabool airport. The crash happened while the pilot tried to return to the airport.

Missouri Highway Patrol says this marks the fourth crash in Troop G territory, which mainly covers southern Missouri, in recent months.

A viewer tells KY3 that the pilot suffered cuts on his hand from the glass, but otherwise seemed okay.

Original article can be found here ➤

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