Sunday, September 22, 2019

Van’s RV-4, N64HS: Accident occurred September 18, 2019 in Clarke County, Mississippi

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Jackson, Mississippi

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Clarke County, MS
Accident Number: CEN19LA335
Date & Time: 09/18/2019, 1756 CDT
Registration: N64HS
Aircraft: Vans RV 4
Injuries: 2 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On September 18, 2019, about 1756 central daylight time, a Vans RV 4 airplane, N64HS, was substantially damaged during a forced landing near Clarke County, Mississippi. The commercial pilot and pilot-rated passenger sustained minor injuries. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) flight plan had been filed for the flight. The cross country flight departed Marion County Airport (X35) Dunnellon, Florida, and was en route to Key Field Airport, Meridian, Mississippi.

According to a written statement submitted by the pilot, the airplane was at 4,500 ft mean sea level and was descending. The low fuel pressure light illuminated and the engine immediately lost all power. The pilot maneuvered the airplane for a forced landing to a road. During the forced landing the airplane hit a few branches and veered off of the road to the left. The airplane can to rest in a ditch and the fuselage, engine mounts, and empennage were substantially damaged.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Vans
Registration: N64HS
Model/Series: RV 4
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
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: MEI
Observation Time: 1758 CDT
Distance from Accident Site:
Temperature/Dew Point: 36°C / 18°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 9000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , 300°
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.92 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR
Departure Point: Dunnellon, FL (X35)
Destination: Meridian, MS (MEI)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Minor
Latitude, Longitude:

CLARKE COUNTY, Mississippi (WLBT) - The Clarke County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call about a plane crash on County Road 630, east of Quitman in the Pine Grove Community, around 6 p.m. Wednesday.

According to Clarke County Sheriff Todd Kemp, he was the first on the scene and when he arrived he saw two men standing outside the plane with cuts and bruises.

Kemp said the plane is an experimental aircraft.

The pilot has been identified as Dennis Duggan and the passenger is identified as Mark Houwsewald. The pair had left Tampa, Florida, and were heading to Meridian. The victims suffered only minor injuries.

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