Tuesday, October 05, 2021

Zenith STOL CH 750, N99HX: Accident occurred October 02, 2021 in Oregon City, Clackamas County, Oregon

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; Portland, Oregon 

Imagine LLC

Location: Oregon City, Oregon
Accident Number: WPR22LA002
Date and Time: October 2, 2021, 16:46 Local
Registration: N99HX
Aircraft: Zenith CH750 
Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On October 2, 2021, about 1646 Pacific daylight time, a Zenith CH750 airplane, N99HX, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Fairways Airport, Oregon City, Oregon. The pilot was not injured, and the passenger sustained minor injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

The pilot reported that following an uneventful local flight, he entered a left downwind for runway 32. Shortly after the pilot turned onto final approach, the passenger stated she smelled something burning. The pilot stated that a few moments later, the sound of the engine changed for about 5 seconds, followed by a total loss of engine power. The pilot was unable to make the airport and initiated an off-airport landing between two tall trees. During the landing sequence, the airplane impacted trees and terrain before it nosed over and came to rest inverted.

Postaccident examination of the airplane revealed that both wings were structurally damaged. The wreckage was recovered to a secure location for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Zenith
Registration: N99HX
Model/Series: CH750
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
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: KUAO,196 ft msl 
Observation Time: 16:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 22°C /8°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 3 knots / , 90°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.13 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Oregon City, OR 
Destination: Oregon City, OR

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor, 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 45.311799,-122.55218 


  1. Now that's what I call dropping in for dinner.

  2. If you can't make the runway on final, in a plane designed for STOL. You're flying the pattern wrong.