Friday, July 16, 2021

de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk X, N47YC: Accident occurred July 15, 2021 in Lebanon, Wilson 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

Location: Lebanon, TN 
Accident Number: ERA21LA288
Date & Time: July 15, 2021, 10:00 Local
Registration: N47YC
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On July 15, 2021, about 1000 eastern daylight time, a Dehavilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk X, N47YC, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident in Lebanon, Tennessee. The commercial pilot was seriously injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that he intended to fly his airplane from Fall Creek Airport (TN96) in Lebanon, Tennessee to Lebanon Municipal Airport (M54). After uneventful ground operations, he took off on runway 18 with the fuel selector positioned to the left fuel tank, which was full. He reported that the right fuel tank was half-full. During the initial climb, at an altitude between 100 and 150 ft above the ground, the engine lost all power; however, it did not seize. The pilot was unable to return to the airport and prepared for a forced landing. He maneuvered the airplane between trees and the airplane descended into the trees and the ground.

The Federal Aviation Administration inspector who responded to the accident site reported that both wings and the fuselage were substantially damaged. In addition, the left-wing fuel tank was breached during the impact.

The wreckage was recovered for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Registration: N47YC
Model/Series: DHC-1 CHIPMUNK X
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
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: KMQY,543 ft msl
Observation Time: 10:56 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 15 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C /23°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 3200 ft AGL 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , 240°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.2 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Lebanon, TN 
Destination: Lebanon, TN (M54)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious 
Latitude, Longitude: 36.190411,-86.31569 (est)

LEBANON, Tennessee (WZTV) — The Federal Aviation Administration has been called to investigate a plane crash in Wilson County.

Authorities rushed to reports of a plane that made a hard landing in the 100 block of Fall Creek Rd. at around 9:30 Thursday morning.

The Wilson County Sheriff's Office tells FOX 17 News the pilot was able to walk away from the crash, but was transported to the hospital for evaluation.

Investigators are now securing the scene and awaiting FAA's arrival.

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