Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Zenith CH 650 Zodiac, N149WF: Accident occurred May 16, 2020 at Gilliam McConnell Airfield (BQ1), Carthage, North Carolina

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Charlotte, North Carolina 


NTSB Identification: ERA20CA189
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, May 16, 2020 in Carthage, NC
Aircraft: Zenith ZODIAC CH 650, registration: N149WF

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Aircraft on departure veered off runway into a ditch. 

Date: 16-MAY-20
Time: 14:40:00Z
Regis#: N149WF
Aircraft Make: ZODIAC
Aircraft Model: CH650
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91

A small plane with two people onboard crashed while landing at Gilliam McConnell Airfield Saturday morning. The pilot and passenger were uninjured.

The aircraft was attempting to land when it ran off the end of the runway crashing into a wooded area.

Bystanders witnessed the crash and called 911. The occupants were out of the plane when emergency crews arrived on the scene.

Both people are reportedly from the Albemarle area and were flying in to eat at the Pik-n-Pig restaurant. They were flying in with friends on another plane that had already landed.

Roland Gilliam, owner of the airfield, brought out heavy equipment to clean the trees from the area of aircraft and pulled it back up the bank.

The Zenith CH 650 Zodiac plane suffered extensive damage.


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