Sunday, July 21, 2019

Quad City Challenger II, N77YD: Accident occurred July 18, 2019 in Draper, Utah

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Salt Lake City, Utah

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Draper, UT
Accident Number: WPR19LA192
Date & Time: 07/18/2019, 2100 MDT
Registration: N77YD
Aircraft: Judd Challenger II
Injuries:1 None 
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On July 18, 2019, about 2100 mountain daylight time, an experimental amateur-built Judd Challenger II airplane, N77YD, sustained substantial damage during a forced landing near Draper, Utah. The commercial pilot was not injured. The airplane was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local flight, which originated from Provo, Utah, at 2030.

The pilot reported that during cruise flight, about 800 ft above ground level, he advanced the throttle and the engine immediately lost power. The pilot was unsuccessful in his attempt to restart the engine and initiated a forced landing to a nearby residential road. During the landing sequence, the airplane struck trees and came to rest upright against a fire hydrant.

Examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the right side of the fuselage was structurally damaged. The airplane was recovered to a secure location for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Judd
Registration: N77YD
Model/Series: Challenger II
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: Yes
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KU42, 4603 ft msl
Observation Time: 0255 UTC
Distance from Accident Site: 9 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 31°C / 6°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 180°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.87 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Provo, UT (PVU)
Destination: Provo, UT (PVU)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:N/A 
Aircraft Explosion:None 
Total Injuries: 1 None
Latitude, Longitude: 40.526389, -111.831389

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