Tuesday, May 03, 2022

Loss of Control on Ground: Zenith CH750 Cruzer, N750LK; accident occurred May 02, 2022 at Blue Grass Airport (KLEX), Lexington, Kentucky

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board 

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident. 

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Louisville, Kentucky

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://data.ntsb.gov/Docket

Location: Lexington, Kentucky
Accident Number: ERA22LA221
Date and Time: May 2, 2022, 19:15 Local
Registration: N750LK
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal


The pilot stated that this was his first flight in the airplane and during landing, the airplane bounced and rolled to the left. He attempted to correct for the roll, but the left wingtip impacted the runway, the airplane bounced again, rolled right, and then impacted the ground with the right main landing gear, followed by the nose, which resulted in substantial damage to the left wing. The pilot reported that the airplane had no preimpact mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
The pilot's failure to maintain directional control during landing.


Personnel issues Aircraft control - Pilot
Aircraft Directional control - Not attained/maintained

Factual Information

History of Flight

Landing Loss of control on ground (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: Commercial; Flight instructor; Private
Age: 71, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine land 
Seat Occupied: Left
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None 
Restraint Used: Unknown
Instrument Rating(s): Airplane 
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): Airplane single-engine
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: BasicMed
Last FAA Medical Exam: August 6, 2021
Occupational Pilot: No 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: May 13, 2021
Flight Time: 1343 hours (Total, all aircraft), 3 hours (Total, this make and model), 1101 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 8 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft), 3 hours (Last 24 hours, all aircraft)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Registration: N750LK
Model/Series: CH 750 CRUZER
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 2022
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: Experimental (Special)
Serial Number: 75-10732
Landing Gear Type: Tricycle
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: February 5, 2022 Condition
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 1650 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection: 1 Hrs
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 1 Hrs at time of accident
Engine Manufacturer: Viking
ELT: Installed, not activated 
Engine Model/Series: V-130
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power: 130
Operator: On file 
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC)
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KLEX,962 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 19:54 Local
Direction from Accident Site: 214°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: / 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction: 
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 30.03 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: 22°C / 9°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Lexington, KY 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Lexington, KY 
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 
Type of Airspace: Class C

Airport Information

Airport: Blue Grass LEX
Runway Surface Type: Concrete
Airport Elevation: 979 ft msl 
Runway Surface Condition: Dry
Runway Used: 27
IFR Approach: None
Runway Length/Width: 4000 ft / 75 ft
VFR Approach/Landing: Full stop; Traffic pattern

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: 38.03675,-84.608639

Aircraft landed and veered off runway into the grass. 

Date: 02-MAY-22
Time: 23:20:00Z
Regis#: N750LK
Aircraft Make: ZENITH
Aircraft Model: CH750 CRUZER
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
Operation: 91

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