“There’s nothing like it,” Faulkner said. NTSB is investigating an accident involving Zenith CH701SP Experimental aircraft that crashed in Mexico, MO today. The pilot’s last medical certificate was a second-class medical issued on March 8, 1991. The pilot was on the first flight of his CH 701. (Oxazepam is a psychoactive metabolite of temazepam. 02-26-2015, 07:30 PM #3. Eric Brown said troopers were called to help search for the plane at 11:24 p.m. A Graham County Sheriff’s Office deputy was dispatched to the crash site at about 4:54 p.m. and came upon two men standing near the downed plane, which was sitting in a sandy wash. Operator’s Ronald and Randy White reported they were in the Zenith 701 … A crushed right wing and relatively intact left wing were located further down the debris path, followed by the fuselage and engine. One of the witnesses was a flight instructor who had recently been flying with the accident pilot. I don't know if it is still available. When the manager arrived at the airport the next morning, the airplane was gone. The flight originated from Mexico Municipal Airport (MYJ), Mexico, Missouri, about 0440, and was en route to Whittman Regional Airport (OSH), Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The fatal crash of a homebuilt Zodiac CH-601XL last month has prompted the FAA to freeze the issuance of new airworthiness certificates for the design. The airplane is equipped with fixed leading edge slats, full-length flaperons (combination flap and aileron), an inverted horizontal stabilizer, and an all-moving rudder (no vertical stabilizer). Builders usually have more insight about how well a kit was made than an unfamiliar A&P. There were scattered clouds at 600 feet, broken clouds at 3,300 feet, and overcast skies at 4,800 feet. According to the pilot's medical records, the pilot had a history of chronic insomnia that was being treated with temazepam. No night or instrument flight time had been logged. It is believed Bobby Faulkner was the pilot of the aircraft. NTSB Factual Report. The accident site was located 6.5miles northeast of MYJ in open level farm land. On July 27, 2017, at approximately 11:24 p.m., Troop F Headquarters in Jefferson City, Mo., received a request from the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center to assist with locating a missing aircraft they were attempting to locate. Zenith Aircraft Schedules Monthly Factory Workshops (1/4 pg – dates included) 2002: 12: 26: Sport Aviation: Zenith will hold monthly workshops (1/3 pg) 2002: 10: 07: Experimenter: Zenith CH 701 Now a Towplane (1/3 pg) 2000: 08: 85: Sport Aviation: Weatherhead CH-701, Rotax 912, Warp Drive prop (photo & caption only) 2000: 06: 79: Sport Aviation The commercial rated pilot was fatally injured and the airplane was substantially damaged. Pegazair makes a moveable slat upgrade for the 701. The on-scene investigation revealed the airplane struck the ground in a right wing low, nose down attitude as evidenced by green position light fragments at the beginning of the ground scar, followed by the impact crater. At 1354, the automated weather observing system at the Waterloo Regional Airport (ALO), Waterloo, Iowa, located 45 miles east of the accident site, reported wind from 350 degrees at 6 knots, 10 statute miles visibility, clear sky conditions, temperature 27 degrees Celsius, dew point 16 Celsius, and a barometric pressure setting of 30.02 inches of mercury. The aircraft was ... and at extremely low altitudes could result in a crash. When the manager arrived at the airport the next morning, the airplane was gone. Also detected were 114.72 (ug/ml, ug/g) acetaminophen in urine; 0.007 (ug/mL, ug/g) dihydrocodeine in blood and 0.067 (ug/mL, ug/g) in urine; 0.144 (ug/ml, ug/g) hydrocodone in urine but not in blood; 0.054 (ug/mL, ug/g) hydromorphone in urine; 0.36 (ug/ml, ug/g) oxazepam in urine but not in blood; an unknown quantity of sertraline in urine and 1.23 (ug/mL, ug/g) in blood, and an unknown quantity of salicylate in urine. According to the data, the airplane's altitude varied between 2,000 and 2,800 feet above ground level (agl) as it maintained a northeast heading. Introducing the Zenith STOL CH701. Sgt. Contributing to the accident was the pilot's lack of experience in the model of airplane. The Zenith factory was contacted and there was no record that the pilot had flown in a CH701 when he visited the factory. Sergeant Eric Brown with the Missouri State Highway Patrol confirms with KHQA a fatal plane crash occurred late Thursday night. As he approached his destination, he noted that the winds were gusting about 35 to … Posted by Kevin Bowman on April 29, ... You need to be a member of Zenith Aircraft Builders and Flyers to add comments! On July 27, 2017, at 0452 central daylight time, a Zenith CH 701SP, N701XP, was destroyed when it impacted a bean field about 6.5 miles north of Laddonia, Missouri. A family member later reported that the airplane was missing and an Alert Notice (ALNOT) was issued on the evening of July 27. As you can tell out here there is no artificial lighting at all, the crash wreckage is very low to the ground, and the soybeans effectively hide it.". At this time, the reason for the crash is unknown. This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. (EAA), the Aircraft Kit Industry Association (AKIA), and numerous other organizations dedicated to the advancement of sport aviation. The toxicology report stated 11 percent Carbon Monoxide was detected in blood, 47(mg/dL,mg/hg) Ethanol detected in blood, 31(mg/dL,mg/hg) Ethanol detected in lung, 1(mg/dL,mg/hg) Methanol detected in lung, 1(mg/dL,mg/hg) Methanol detected n brain, 3(mg/dL,mg/hg) N-Propanol detected in blood, and 1(mg/dL,mg/hg) N-Propanol detected in lung. The personal flight was being operated under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. The airplane was an amateur-built CH701, serial number 7-6580, which was built by the accident pilot. Zenith Aircraft CH701 is an all metal STOL (short take-off and landing) aircraft. Click here to view flight demonstrations of the STOL CH 701's outstanding short take-off and landing (STOL) performance (video clips). The Air Force Rescue Coordination Center provided a GPS location in rural Ralls County for troopers to check. Zenith Aircraft Company acquired the exclusive rights to manufacture and market Zenair kit aircraft designs from designer Chris Heintz. On his first landing, he didn’t carry enough power during the landing flare and the airplane struck the runway nose first. Aviation Safety Network: Aviation Safety Network: Databases containing descriptions of over 11000 airliner write-offs, hijackings and military aircraft accidents. The sport pilot and passenger were fatally injured. The accident occurred during the first flight after the pilot had finished building the airplane. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91. FAA's Bioaeronautical Science Research Laboratory, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, performed toxicology screening that revealed the presence of 10 (mg/dL, mg/hg) ethanol in urine, and 36 (mg/dL, mg/hg) ethanol in blood. The airplane met the limitations to be operated as a light sport aircraft. which resulted in the pilot becoming spatially disoriented and losing control of the airplane. She stated they flew a Cessna 152 and they spoke about the differences between that airplane and the Zenith 701 that the pilot had just built. In a Friday afternoon press conference, Sgt. There is also a warning that the drug can cause "behavior changes, such as increased aggressivity, and patients using it may engage in complex behaviors while under its influence, such as 'sleep driving'" that they may later not recall. Investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration will be on scene Friday to conduct a complete investigation. At the end of the ground scar was a water-filled impact crater, followed by a debris path that extended 252 feet on a magnetic course of 130°, which was about the direction to MYJ. The crash, which was reported just before 2 p.m., was a result of mechanical issues, according to the Rice County Sheriff’s Office, which along with Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash. Clem Kramer was a man with a mission: He wanted to fly his homebuilt Zenith STOL CH 750 exactly one year after he began building it on Jan. 9, 2009. The pilot was also being treated for anxiety with sertraline, and had been regularly prescribed hydrocordone. It was powered by a 100-horsepower Rotax 912ULS engine, driving a 3-bladed Warp-Drive 70-inch fixed pitch composite propeller. The pilot turned downwind and made another radio call. Examination of the engine and airframe did not reveal any evidence of preimpact anomalies that would have precluded normal operation. All three propeller blades were fractured at the propeller hub. The pilot had a history of chronic insomnia treated with temazepam, a sedating benzodiazepine, and was regularly prescribed hydrocodone, an opioid analgesic. The aircraft had taken off from the Mexico, Missouri airport with a destination of Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The Zenith factory was contacted and there was no record that the pilot had flown in a CH701 when he visited the factory. The pilot’s failure to maintain adequate airspeed while on final approach, which resulted in an aerodynamic stall. MSHP reported the 2003 Zenith 701 single-engine plane was found crashed in a soybean field at 12:56 a.m. Investigators said it was determined the plane crashed early Thursday morning. A copy of the maintenance records contained entries from December 11, 2013, to May 1, 2017. NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report. "So several hours, lots of hours had gone by prior to emergency crews in this area being notified to begin searching for this missing aircraft.". If you are considering buying the 601, contact the Zenith builder's group and find a couple of Zenith builders to look at the plane and give their opinion. Bobby Faulkner, 41, and Shannon Faulkner, 41, both of Greenwood, were identified as the occupants of the aircraft and were pronounced dead at the scene. Performance/control parameters - Not attained/maintained (Cause), Decision making/judgment - Pilot (Factor), Qualification/certification - Pilot (Factor), Total instrument experience - Pilot (Factor), Below VFR minima - Contributed to outcome (Cause), Personal pressure - Contributed to outcome. It is likely that the pilot's decision-making was degraded due to his combined use of temazepam and hydrocodone. One of the blades exhibited chordwise scratches. There was distant lightning in the north through east quadrants, and in the west quadrant. The 701’s robust construc-tion must receive some credit here. The timing of the crash is poignant, as it came one day before the FAA issued a Special Airworthiness… On July 28, at approximately 12:56 a.m., emergency personnel located a 2003 Zenith 701 single-engine airplane crashed in a soybean field approximately six miles northwest of Laddonia, Mo. MSHP stated the plane left Mexico, Missouri, and was headed to Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Flight control continuity was established from the rudder and elevator to the cockpit. ThenCharlie Peet attempted an emergency landing and the Zenith CH 701 came in too fast, hitting the ground hard. The airplane was not equipped nor certified for instrument flight rules (IFR) flight. And sudden altitude loss and airframe jolt. The personal flight was being conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 without a flight plan. At 0435, MYJ reported winds from 240° at 7 knots, visibility 7 miles in light rain, broken clouds at 600 feet and 1,200 feet, and overcast at 1,900 feet. No evidence was found to indicate the pilot had ever flown a Zenith CH701 aircraft prior to the accident. The flight originated from IFA approximately 15 minutes prior to the accident. Although he had no night or instrument flight experience, the sport pilot departed in a non-instrument-certificated light sport airplane at night with an overcast ceiling and thunderstorms in the area. It was powered by a Rotax 912, 100-hp engine. FrankCordrey. It's unclear what caused the crash. The temperature-dew point spread was 1°, and there was distant lightning in the north through east quadrants and in the west quadrant. Hydrocodone, an opioid analgesic, is considered impairing and carries warnings about risks of central nervous system and respiratory depression, particularly when combined with benzodiazepines. The pilot, age 74, held a commercial pilot certificate with airplane single-engine land and instrument airplane ratings. Brown says the couple may have stopped in Mexico, Missouri for fuel but it's too early to determine. Faulkner talked to us about his love of flying. The Federal Aviation Administration, Toxicology Accident Research Laboratory, located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, conducted toxicological testing on the pilot. It features a high-lift wing with fixed full length slots, flaperons, inverted elevator and a flying rudder. A standard CH-701 is shown in Figure 1. Moderate to significant "repair project", except it's mostly not crash damage. Zenith’s advertising says that the CH 701 can climb at angles up to 30 degrees, stalling at just 30 mph with two on board. The Boone/Callaway County Medical Examiner's Office, Columbus, Missouri, performed an autopsy on the pilot. Around 11:20 p.m., the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center requested the help of the Missouri Highway Patrol in finding a missing aircraft that had taken off from Mexico, Missouri, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report. She stated the airplane looked stable as it turned from base to final. Both occupants of the aircraft were pronounced dead at the scene by Ralls County Coroner Robert Van Winkle. Zenith Aircraft Company does not manufacture or directly support engines. The call came in at 11:24 p.m. and Troop F in Jefferson City, Missouri received a request from the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center to assist with locating a missing aircraft. The presence of propanol is consistent with postmortem alcohol production. High Altitude wrote:At one time Zenith did offer a tail dragger option for the 701 (not the 750). The pilot said he wanted to get an early morning start because he wanted to arrive at OSH when the control tower opened at 0700. The Zenith Air CH-701 is a short take off and landing sport kit aircraft. The instructor stated that when the airplane was on final approach it was “washing side-to-side in slow flight” at which time the pilot added power and performed a go-around. On final approach at an altitude of about 200 feet above the ground, the airplane again looked unstable like it was in slow flight. 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She stated the pilot did a lot of research and they discussed the 701’s “…supposed inability of the elevator to work at slow airspeed without the propwash when the RPMs are pulled back.” She stated that because of this characteristic, they practiced stalls and landings using a higher than normal power setting. Bobby Faulkner took 5NEWS on a flight in a powered parachute in. The airplane then entered a left downwind to runway 31 and the pilot made a radio call that he was coming in to land. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. The fuselage, cockpit, and empennage were located 84 feet from the impact crater and to the left of the debris path. The airplane then entered a right descending turn and had completed about 180° when radar contact was lost. The airplane impacted a bean field in a nose down attitude approximately 600 feet from the approach end of runway 31. Investigators were able to find a GPS location in rural Ralls County. The Federal Aviation Administration has been called in to investigate a fatal plane crash in southern Ralls County. At this time, it is unknown where the aircraft flight plan originated. The pilot said he wanted to get an early start the next morning because he wanted to arrive at OSH when the control tower opened at 0700. The crushed right wing and lesser damaged left wing were located farther down the debris path, preceded by a flap and aileron. He had nearly 700 hours total time, but no checkout in a 701. According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) records, the pilot held a sport pilot certificate with a single-engine land rating. Aircraft Type: Zenith CH 701. The manager said he believed the pilot and his wife camped that evening next to the airplane. A construction log showed the first taxi tests were performed on March 10, 2010. Alaska's aviation crash investigators issued a preliminary report on last month's Zenith CH-701 plane crash just before the state's entire office was furloughed in the government shutdown. He did not fly again until December 2009, when he began flying with a flight instructor. "Those coordinates were crucial in locating this crash quickly," Brown said. Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board: A plane crashed in southern Ralls County, Missouri, Thursday morning, killing two people, according to Missouri State Highway Patrol. Radar data showed that the airplane proceeded on course for about 9 minutes and then entered a right descending turn that continued to ground impact, which was consistent with the pilot attempting to return to the departure airport and not paying attention to his altitude. The two occupants, identified as Bobby Faulkner, 41, and Shannon Faulkner, 41, both of Greenwood, Arkansas, were pronounced dead at the scene by the Ralls County coroner, the release stated. According to the autopsy report, death was attributed to "blunt force injuries." Contributing to the accident were the pilot's degraded decision-making due to his use of a combination of impairing prescription drugs, and the pilot's lack of instrument and night flight experience. CH701 crash landed in Wisconsin. The last radar return was at 0452:46, when the airplane was about 6.5 miles northeast of Laddonia, Missouri. These can all be very light, .016 thick metal, and I am very convinced they are worth the few ounces. Toxicology testing detected these drugs and their metabolites in the pilot's system. Been looking for accident reports on zenith 701/750/801 can't find any, (probably don't know where to look) except I did see a comment in another forum about some fatal accidents that had supposedly happened due to wing detachments. MSHP reported Bobby Faulkner was believed to be the pilot. Just before 1 a.m. on Friday morning, emergency crews located a 2003 Zenith 701 single-engine airplane crashed in a soybean field. She stated the engine noise decreased and the nose of the airplane immediately dropped along with the right wing. Deputies found the missing plane around 1 a.m. The CH 701 was first introduced in 1986. CH 701 File Photo. She stated the airplane went below the tree line then climbed back up. "We estimate the time of the crash to actually have occurred around 4:50 in the morning on Thursday," Brown said at the crash site. The company is a proud member and supporter of the Experimental Aircraft Assoc. 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