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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 197026
Last updated: 16 July 2018
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Type:Silhouette image of generic CH70 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Zenair CH 701 SP
Registration: N701XL
C/n / msn: 7-4618
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Laddonia, Ralls County, MO -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Mexico Mem'l (KMYJ)
Destination airport:Wittman Rgn'l (KOSH)
The experimental Smith built CH 701 SP, sustained substantial damage upon impact in a soybean NW of Laddonia and E of Mexico, Missouri, enroute to EAA Adventure 2017 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Both occupants died in the crash.

Preliminary report:
On July 27, 2017, about 0415 central daylight time, a Zenith CH 701SP, N701XP, piloted by a non-instrument rated sport pilot, was destroyed when the it impacted terrain approximately 6.5 miles north of Laddonia, and 16.5 miles northeast of Mexico, Missouri. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident. The personal flight was being conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 without a flight plan. The pilot and passenger on board the airplane were fatally injured. The cross-country flight originated from Mexico Municipal Airport (KMYJ), Mexico, Missouri, about 0400, and was en route to Oshkosh (OSH), Wisconsin.

According to the airport manager, the airplane arrived late in the day on July 26. 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 manager said he believed the pilot and his wife camped that evening next to the airplane. When the manager arrived at the airport the next morning, the airplane was gone. The airplane was later reported missing and an ALNOT (Alert Notice) was issued that evening. The wreckage was located early the next morning.

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. A crushed right wing and relatively intact left wing were located further down the debris path, followed by the fuselage and engine. The debris path was aligned on a heading back towards Mexico. There is no record that the pilot obtained a weather briefing or filed a flight plan.

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Revision history:

28-Jul-2017 17:36 gerard57 Added
28-Jul-2017 17:36 harro Updated [Aircraft type]
28-Jul-2017 22:51 Geno Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
29-Jul-2017 04:19 Geno Updated [Source]
29-Jul-2017 13:28 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Location, Narrative]
31-Jul-2017 05:44 Anon. Updated [Location]
07-Aug-2017 06:13 Iceman 29 Updated [Source, Narrative]

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