Friday, October 16, 2020

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

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.

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Nashville, Tennessee

Location: Sewanee, TN
Accident Number: ERA21LA027
Date & Time: October 14, 2020, 13:03 Local 
Registration: N750JD
Aircraft: Muse STOL CH 750 
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under:

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Muse 
Registration: N750JD
Model/Series: STOL CH 750 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KBGF,978 ft msl 
Observation Time: 12:55 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 9 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C /8°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / 12 knots, 170°
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.05 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Sewanee, TN 
Destination: Dayton, TN (2A0)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor 
Latitude, Longitude: 35.208012,-85.89325 (est)

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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