Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Zlin Aviation Savage Cub-S, N9111: Accident occurred November 15, 2020 in Francis, Oklahoma

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; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Location: Francis, OK 
Accident Number: CEN21LA074
Date & Time: November 15, 2020, 12:00 Local
Registration: N9111
Aircraft: Zlin Aviation Savage Cub-S 
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted
Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Zlin Aviation 
Registration: N9111
Model/Series: Savage Cub-S 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
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: KADH,1016 ft msl 
Observation Time: 11:55 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 8 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 15°C /-7.8°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 11 knots / 16 knots, 360°
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.31 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Francis, OK
Destination: Francis, OK

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 34.874694,-96.536437 (est)

Emergency personnel from numerous agencies in two counties responded at midday Tuesday to a reported plane crash on the Canadian River east of Francis. 

Initial reports indicated an aircraft was upside down on a sandbar on the Seminole County side of the river.

Rescue crews had difficulty reaching the scene due to lack of roads in the area and heavily wooded land. 

Within 30 minutes of the dispatch, an AirEvac Lifeteam medical helicopter was able to land at the scene and determine the aircraft was empty, and observed tracks leading away from the crash.

SEMINOLE COUNTY, Oklahoma (KXII) - No one was injured after an experimental plane crashed in Seminole County Tuesday afternoon.

The plane went down around noon east of Highway 377 near the Canadian River.

The FAA says a Zlin Aviation Savage Cub-S flipped while the pilot was practicing landing on a sandbar in the river.

The pilot was the only person onboard. The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office says they were not injured.


  1. Wet brakes grabbed from water-assist landing, or just a normal nose over?

  2. You gotta stay away from the dry sand it'll flip you every time. He'd probably have been fine closer to the water

    1. Well you do if you have the normal small general aviation tires. This one had the big bouncy bush landing tires. They are more than capable of landing in sandy conditions like this. Hell you can land on rocky terrain shores with them. There are countless Youtube videos of bush planes with these tires landing on sandy beaches, rocky beaches, and even grasslands. Clearly pilot error.


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