Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Maintenance Test Flight: Cessna 310I, N310QA; fatal accident occurred August 04, 2019 near J. Lynn Helms Sevier County Airport (KDEQ), De Queen, Arkansas

The National Transportation Safety Board traveled to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Little Rock, Arkansas

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


Location: De Queen, AR
Accident Number: CEN19FA248
Date & Time: 08/04/2019, 1450 CDT
Registration: N310QA
Aircraft: Cessna 310
Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Flight Test 

On August 4, 2019, about 1450 central daylight time, a Cessna 310I, N310QA, impacted terrain near De Queen, Arkansas. The pilot in the left seat was seriously injured and the pilot in the right seat was fatally injured. The airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to and operated by Hwy 17 Trucking LLC under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a maintenance test flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which operated without a flight plan. The flight originated from the J. Lynn Helms Seiver County Airport (DEQ), De Queen, Arkansas.

The airplane impacted a pasture area less than a mile south of the DEQ. The initial impact point was consistent the right wing impacting the ground, followed by the fuselage. A small debris field followed a 106° heading for about 145 ft. The main wreckage consisted of the fuselage, both wings, both engines, the right propeller, empennage, and tail. A post-impact fire burned a portion of the field and some of the airplane's fuel system lines.

The airplane was retained for further examination. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Cessna
Registration: N310QA
Model/Series: 310 I
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Hwy 17 Trucking LLC
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site:
Condition of Light:
Observation Facility, Elevation: KDEQ, 355 ft msl
Observation Time:
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point:
Lowest Cloud Condition:  
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction:
Lowest Ceiling:
Altimeter Setting:
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: De Queen, AR (DEQ)
Destination: De Queen, AR (DEQ) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion:None 
Total Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 34.039444, -94.423889 (est)

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation may contact them by email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov. 

John Zane Tackett, Jr.
December 19th, 1951 - August 4th, 2019 
Born in Nashville, Arkansas 
Resided in DeQueen, Arkansas 

John Zane Tackett, Jr., age 67, of DeQueen, passed away on Sunday, August 4th, 2019.

He was born on December 19th, 1951 in Nashville, the son of John Zane Tackett and Lutheria Miller Tackett. He was preceded in death by his parents.

John was a United States Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He worked in the trucking business all his life and he enjoyed his work. He was known to have a need for speed whether it be cars, boats, or motorcycles. He won the Easy Rider competition at the Sturgis Bike Week for two years in a row. John loved his God and was known to be a man of deep faith. He was a member of the Joplin United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Melissa “Missey” Tackett; four children, Trey Austin Goocher, Buddy Lane Goocher, Toni Womble and Cody Tackett; four grandchildren, Hadlee Goocher, Zane Abney, Ava Abney and Jaxson Tackett; his brother and sister-in-law, Max and Deb Tackett; his niece, Heather Tackett Wardle; his nephew, Andy Tackett; a special son, Temple Lacefield; and his loving brothers in arms, Joe Bob Webb, Woody Chambers and Wallace Byers.

Services will be held at 2:00 PM, Sunday, August 11, 2019, in the Joplin United Methodist Church with Rev. Russell Hull and Bro. Dakota Barrett officiating.

Interment with military honors will be held in Joplin Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Joe Bob Webb, Woody Chambers, Wallace Byers, Steve Cash, Temple Lacefield, Tony Carey, Jack Tuttle, Bruce Penney and John Van-Chauldy.

Honorary pallbearers will be the loving, loyal employees of Hwy 71 Trucking, LLC.

Arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Smith Funeral Home, Glenwood.

Guest registry is at www.davis-smith.com.

Officials on Wednesday released the identities of a 67-year-old man who was killed and another man who was injured in a Sevier County plane crash on Sunday.

John Tackett of De Queen died after a fixed wing multi-engine Cessna crashed about 4:40 p.m. in a pasture on private property west of De Queen, according to Rusty Williams, Sevier County coroner. Joe Greer, 77, of Horatio was taken by ambulance to an area hospital in serious condition, Williams said.

Greer was taken off a ventilator on Tuesday and his condition appeared to be improving, officials said.

Williams said that, though he expects Greer to recover, he was initially “pretty banged up,” with a number of broken bones and cuts. 

“He’s got a long road of ahead of him,” he said.

An FAA crash report listed Tackett as the plane’s crew and Greer as its passenger, though Williams said it was not immediately clear who was flying the plane at the time of the crash.

Original article ➤ https://www.arkansasonline.com

DE QUEEN, Arkansas  — The Federal Aviation Administration, Arkansas State Police and Sevier County Sheriff's Office are investigating a fatal plane crash that happened Sunday in a cow pasture near De Queen, Arkansas.

One man was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident and another man was seriously injured and taken by ambulance to a Nashville, Arkansas, hospital. He was later taken to a Little Rock hospital, said Sevier County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Chad Dowdle. The man's condition was not known late Monday.

Neither of the men's names had been released by police, but both men were Sevier County residents, Dowdle said.

Officials with the Federal Aviation Administration visited the site of the accident Monday afternoon, where the crash still remains under investigation. A preliminary report by the National Traffic and Safety Administration is expected to be released within two weeks, according to local law enforcement. A spokesman for the FAA could not immediately be reached for comment.

The Cessna 310I, which is reportedly registered to Highway 17 Trucking LLC, crashed about 4:45 p.m. on Sunday in a cow pasture on private property, west of De Queen. The location is less than a mile from the Sevier County Airport on U.S. Highway 70 West.

The landowners reportedly saw the plane go down and called 911. The plane "was still smoking and burning" when the landowners reached the scene, Dowdle said. The owners then worked to put the fire out until the Sevier County and De Queen firefighters responded. Several residents in the area heard the plane making sputtering noises shortly before the crash.

Dowdle said the sheriff's office was not sure where the plane's destination was or where it had taken off from.

Deputies remained on location overnight Sunday to protect the scene.

Original article ➤ http://www.texarkanagazette.com

SEVIER COUNTY, Arkansas (KSLA) — Authorities are working to determine what caused a plane crash that killed one of its passengers.

The Cessna 310 went down about 4:45 p.m. Sunday about a mile south of J. Lynn Helms Sevier County Airport in DeQueen, the Federal Aviation Administration reports.

Authorities tell us two people were in the plane.

The other person inside was hurt, but authorities have not disclosed that person’s condition.

The investigation into the cause of the crash is being conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board.

Story and video ➤ https://www.ksla.com


  1. How could anyone survive that kind of crash? I hope the survivor is able to make a speedy recovery and my condolences to the deceased's family and friends.

  2. That right prop looks awfully undamaged...

  3. A local pilot told me that the fire dept "did almost as much damage as the crash extracting the survivor."

  4. There's an awful lot of twins crashing lately. Reminds me of the saying "the second engine is only there to get you to the scene of the accident quicker". As long as both engines are producing power you're flying along fat & happy until you're not!

  5. Let your ass-hat pilot buddy get himself out of a plane crash instead of bashing the first responders. The scene seems to show a typical extrication opening a passenger compartment area of a crashed airplane with the Jaws of Life.... Also remember there was a fatally injured person right next to him... Do you know how to tell when there is a pilot and their opinion in the room?... They will tell you within 30 seconds of entering!

  6. Most of these are engine failure on take off they were on approach. Witness said engine was sputtering I wonder if ran out of fuel.

  7. Probably turned into the "dead" engine while trying an off-airport landing in that open field, stalled & spun in. It's a miracle anyone survived. The above poster is correct about the lack of damage to the one prop.

  8. "Do you know how to tell when there is a pilot and their opinion in the room?... They will tell you within 30 seconds of entering!" Apparently so will first res ponders.

  9. “There's an awful lot of twins crashing lately”
    -Yet another brain donor comment from an
    armchair expert. ‘Golly Orville, them planes
    Are dangerous’!

    From an Airbus pilot with 0 crashes
    In his twin.

  10. I am surprised that the pilot was not a licensed pilot, noting in Certificated held NONE. I have flown C-310 Q models and engine out like any twin you have to be right on it and compensate if not, it will roll and spin. High attitudes of course buy you time but not sure of the altitude these men were flying at. It amazes me of how many times I have read of a crash with the person flying having no license but flying twin if a whole different animal than a single, you just have to know what your doing and how to get out of any problem and I mean quickly. I am sorry for these men and especially the family of the deceased. Rest in peace and god be with your family and give them the comfort and strength they need at this sad and tragic time......J D Owens

  11. To the above poster, not sure where you got your info that the pilot didn't have a license but a search of the FAA Pilot Database confirms that Mr. Tackett had a airplane SEL & MEL rating. Not sure about the other guy or who was PIC at the time of the crash.

  12. Wonder what maintenance was done ....... lawsuit will fly 8/3/2020

  13. Multi-engine training drills pilots in how to continue flying after an engine failure. When an engine fails on takeoff and one wing quickly rises, it is necessary to immediately cut the power and take your lumps with the airplane in control. That action runs counter to most of the training you have received to that point and it runs counter to your desire for preservation at the moment.