Friday, October 16, 2020

Zenith STOL CH 750, N750JD: Incident occurred October 14, 2020 near Franklin County Airport (KUOS), Sewanee, Tennessee

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Nashville, Tennessee

Aircraft crashed in a wooded area 1/2 mile from departure end of runway.  


Date: 14-OCT-20
Time: 18:03:00Z
Regis#: N750JD
Aircraft Make: ZENITH
Aircraft Model: STOL CH750
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: UNKNOWN
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91
City: SEWANEE
State: TENNESSEE


A 73-year-old Laurens, South Carolina, pilot received non-life-threatening injuries early Wednesday afternoon when the plane he was flying in crashed just after taking off from Franklin County Airport/Sewanee.

Franklin County Sheriff’s Office reports said pilot David Muse had just refueled a fixed-wing experimental single-engine airplane and had taken off when the wind changed.

He told deputies he had lost speed which caused the plane to go down, reports said, adding that the plane crashed into trees and onto the ground.

Reports said that, although he was injured, Muse was able to get out of the plane. He was taken to Southern Tennessee Regional Health System - Sewanee for precautionary measures, reports said.

The plane was taken to a hangar at the airport for further investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration, reports said.

In addition to the Sheriff’s Office, the Sewanee Police, Fire and Rescue departments responded to the scene as did emergency medical service personnel from Franklin and Grundy counties.

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