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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 174999
Last updated: 8 May 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic CH60 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Zenair CH 601 XL Zodiac
Registration: N623HS
C/n / msn: 601-026S
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Linn County, NW of Pleasanton, KS -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Pleasanton, KS
Destination airport:
The sport pilot was conducting a personal flight with a pilot-rated passenger onboard. Witnesses stated that they saw the airplane lift off the runway in a nose-high attitude; they were unsure if the tail contacted the runway. They said the airplane appeared to be "behind the power curve" and "flying in ground effect." The airplane drifted left of the extended runway centerline and collided with the tops of trees at the end of the runway, fell to the ground inverted, and caught fire. Examination of the engine and propeller indicated the engine was operating at high power at the time of impact. The pilot's autopsy report showed severe coronary artery disease that posed a very significant hazard. However, the cause of death was attributed to thermal injuries. The circumstances of the accident were consistent with the pilot over-rotating the airplane on takeoff, resulting in an excessively high angle-of-attack with insufficient power available to climb and clear the trees on departure. It is unlikely the pilot could have seen or avoided the trees as the airplane approached the end of the runway.
Probable Cause: The pilot's excessively high angle-of-attack on rotation that prevented the airplane from climbing sufficiently to avoid the approaching trees.


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Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: 
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

31-Mar-2015 23:05 Geno Added
31-Mar-2015 23:34 Geno Updated
01-Apr-2015 13:28 Anon. Updated
01-Apr-2015 15:53 Geno Updated
11-Apr-2015 03:04 Geno Updated
21-Dec-2016 19:30 ASN Update Bot Updated
01-Dec-2017 12:45 ASN Update Bot Updated

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