Monday, October 12, 2020

Zenith CH 801, N801TP: Accident occurred October 12, 2020 near Collegedale Municipal Airport (KFGU), Apison, Hamilton County, 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

Gospel Ministries International Inc

Location: Apison, TN 
Accident Number: ERA21LA018
Date & Time: October 12, 2020, 17:18 Local 
Registration: N801TP
Aircraft: Zenith STOL CH801 
Injuries: 1 None
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Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Zenith
Registration: N801TP
Model/Series: STOL CH801 NO SERIES 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
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Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

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Departure Point: Apison, TN 
Destination: Apison, TN

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:35.03449,-85.027535 

HAMILTON COUNTY, Tennessee — Firefighters and rescue teams responded to the scene of a plane crash that happened near Collegedale airport Monday afternoon.

Hamilton County Emergency Management spokeswoman Amy Maxwell says the pilot, a 59-year-old man, told them his engine had stopped working just after he had taken off from the airport.

The plane crashed in a field near the airport, coming to a rest in the woodline.

Maxwell says the man was able to get out uninjured. He was the only person onboard.

NewsChannel 9's Brian Smith spoke with the pilot, who told us he's been flying for more than 40 years, and that this was his first crash in all of that time.

He says he was test flying the 20-year-old plane when the engine quit, and the plane fell 1,000 feet.

The pilot did not want to go on camera, but did say, "Give credit to God, I pray before every flight."

Tri-Community volunteer firefighters, Collegedale Police, and others responded to the crash. The FAA and NTSB have been called to investigate.

1 comment:

  1. The airplane is registered to the church. Tax shelter?