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Zenith 750, N1949H: Accident occurred September 07, 2022 near Herrmann-Faulk Airfield (54MO), Silex, Lincoln County, Missouri

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.

Investigator In Charge (IIC): Folkerts, Michael

Additional Participating Entity:
William Grubb; Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; St. Louis, Missouri 

Location: Silex, Missouri
Accident Number: CEN22LA412
Date and Time: September 7, 2022, 15:20 Local
Registration: N1949H
Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On September 7, 2022, about 1520 central daylight time, a Zenith 750, N1949H, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident at Herrmann-Faulk Airfield (54MO), Silex, Missouri. The pilot sustained minor injuries and the pilot-rated passenger sustained serious injuries The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 flight.

The pilot reported the airplane lifted off the ground about 500 ft down the 1,100 ft turf runway. During initial climb, the pilot was unable to clear a power line that was located near the end of the runway. The airplane impacted the power line and terrain, which substantially damaged both wings. The airplane was retained for examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: KNOTT VERNON W 
Registration: N1949H
Model/Series: ZENITH 750 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
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: KMYJ,823 ft msl
Observation Time: 15:15 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 40 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C /17°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 5000 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 8 knots / , 30°
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.14 inches Hg 
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Silex, MO (54MO) 
Destination: Silex, MO (54MO)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious, 1 Minor 
Latitude, Longitude: 39.142641,-90.960918 (est)

Aircraft clipped powerlines during takeoff and crashed off the end of the airfield.  

Date: 07-SEP-22
Time: 20:21:00Z
Regis#: N1949H
Aircraft Make: ZENITH
Aircraft Model: 750
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: SERIOUS
Flight Crew: 1 Minor Injuries
Pax: 1 Serious Injuries 
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91

LINCOLN COUNTY, Missouri — One man was injured when a small kit airplane crashed Wednesday afternoon in unincorporated Lincoln County, Missouri, authorities said.

Cpl. Lance Bolton, a spokesman with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, said the plane clipped power lines at about 3:30 p.m. along Wilson Road near North Highway 61. The crash site is about an hour northwest of St. Louis.

The pilot, a man in his 60s, was transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital with "moderate injuries." The other man, in his early 70s, refused treatment, Bolton said.

A spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration said the plane that crashed was a single-engine Zenith 750. It was manufactured in 2011 by Zenith Aircraft Co., a Mexico, Missouri-based company, according to FAA records.

FAA records also show the plane is registered to Johnny Hermann. Hermann owns Herrmann-Faulk Airfield, a private runway near where the plane crashed. It's unclear if Hermann was one of the two men on board.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating what led to the crash.

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