Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Zenair STOL CH 701 SP, N41XY: Accident occurred June 26, 2021 near Rogers Field Airport (O05), Chester, Plumas County, California

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; Reno, Nevada

Location: Chester, CA 
Accident Number: WPR21LA248
Date & Time: June 26, 2021, 13:35 Local 
Registration: N41XY
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: DEWSNUP DAVE 
Registration: N41XY
Model/Series: ZENAIR CH 701 SP 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
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Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

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Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 
Aircraft Fire: None
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Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 40.282361,-121.24116 

A private pilot walked away from a forced emergency landing resulting in a crash just before 2 p.m. Saturday, June 26, in Plumas County.

The pilot said that he took off in a Zenair STOL CH 701 SP from the Rogers Field Airport just before 2, reached an altitude of 1300 feet and then began encountering engine problems, which he believed was due to a fuel issue.

He attempted an emergency landing in a large meadow just east of the Chester city limits, landing near the landmark structure known as Olsen Barn.

Due to roughness of the meadow, the plane flipped over on landing, but was able to be righted by emergency personnel on the scene. 

The Plumas County Sheriff and a U.S. Forest service fire crew responded to the incident, and reported the pilot sustained no injuries. 

The pilot, who declined to give his name, said only that he felt lucky to have been able to reach the meadow.

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