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Tail numberN8560E
Accident dateApril 04, 2009
Aircraft typeChampion 7HC
LocationCentre, AL
Near 34.165 N, -85.635 W
Additional details: None

NTSB description

On April 4, 2009, at 1247 central daylight time, a Champion 7HC, N8560E collided with a private home at the Centre Municipal Airport (C22), Centre, Alabama. The private pilot was killed, and the airplane was substantially damaged by the impact and post crash fire. The flight was operated as a personal flight under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91, and no flight plan was filed. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident.

According to witnesses, the airplane was departing from runway 9 at C22. The airplane climbed to approximately 40-50 feet and made a hard left bank. The airplane flew between trees, climbed briefly, and stalled into a house. The airplane became engulfed in fire after the collision.

The pilot, age 52, held a private certificate with ratings for airplane single engine land and sea. His certificate was issued on July 2, 2003. The pilot's last medical examination was on July 4, 2007, at which time he reported having 2,150 total flight hours. He was issued a third-class medical certificate with limitations for corrective lenses on that date.

The two seat, high-wing, fixed gear airplane was manufactured in 1959. It was powered by a Lycoming O-290, 140-hp engine and equipped with a 2-bladed Sensenich propeller. Review of the aircraft logbook pages revealed that the last annual inspection was conducted on December 19, 2008, at a total aircraft time of 2013.95.

Examination of the accident site by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed that the airplane traveled approximately 1,000 feet down the runway before becoming airborne and colliding with the house adjacent to the runway. The fabric that covered the airframe was consumed by fire. The remainder of the fuselage was melted and damaged by impact. Examination of the flight control systems revealed that the right rudder pedal was missing the cable attachment bolt, nut, and cotter pin. The examination of the engine and accessory components by the FAA inspector revealed no evidence of preimpact mechanical malfunction.

(c) 2009-2011 Lee C. Baker. For informational purposes only.