Loss of control Accident CZAW SportCruiser N602CF, Monday 21 July 2008
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Date:Monday 21 July 2008
Type:Silhouette image of generic CRUZ model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
CZAW SportCruiser
Owner/operator:Sport Pilot Chicago
Registration: N602CF
MSN: 08SC129
Total airframe hrs:77 hours
Engine model:Rotax 912 ULS 3
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Newark-Cushing Field, LaSalle County, IL -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Newark, IL (0C8)
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The sport pilot departed in a Special – Light Sport Aircraft (S-LSA) from a grass airstrip and impacted the terrain. The accident site was located within the traffic pattern about where the turn from a left downwind to a left base leg would be made. There were no witnesses to the accident and there was no recorded radar track data of the accident flight. The damage to the airplane indicated that it impacted the terrain in about a 30-degree nose-down attitude in a left bank. The inspection of the airframe revealed no preexisting anomalies. The engine was put on an engine test stand and it operated through the full range of rpm settings. The stall speed at the maximum gross weight with wings level and the engine at idle is 39 mph.

The inspection of the pilot’s shoulder harness revealed that the single strap of the shoulder harness that attached the harness to the rear cabin bulkhead was separated from the shoulder harness yoke where it was stitched to the shoulder straps. The stitching had failed at the attach point. The accident airplane was classified as a LSA and as such, was not certified by the Federal Aviation Administration. LSA’s are described as “self certifying,” indicating that they are certified as airworthy by the manufacturer.

After a review of the pilot’s autopsy findings, it was determined that some of the pilot’s injuries would have been less severe if the shoulder harness had not failed. However, due to the severity of the crash, the resulting injuries were likely to still be fatal.
Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain control of the airplane in the landing pattern. Contributing to the severity of injuries was the failure of the pilot's shoulder harness.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: CHI08FA196
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years
Download report: Final report





Photo: NTSB

Revision history:

23-Jul-2008 11:36 Fusko Added
23-Jul-2008 23:21 jorgetadeu7 Updated
24-Jul-2008 12:07 Fusko Updated
20-Oct-2008 10:51 RobertMB Updated
13-May-2010 05:34 harro Updated [Time, Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:14 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
21-Dec-2016 19:16 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
21-Dec-2016 19:20 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
03-Dec-2017 11:29 ASN Update Bot Updated [Other fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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