Tuesday, June 09, 2020

Quad City Challenger II, N850RW: Fatal accident occurred June 05, 2020 near Wurtsboro-Sullivan County Airport (N82), New York

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Albany, New York

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


Location: Wurtsboro, NY
Accident Number: ERA20LA207
Date & Time: 06/05/2020, 1925 EDT
Registration: N850RW
Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On June 5, 2020, about 1925 eastern daylight time, an experimental, amateur-built Challenger II, N850RW, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Wurtsboro-Sullivan County Airport (N82), Wurtsboro, New York. The pilot was seriously injured, and the passenger was fatally injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

According to a witness, after liftoff the airplane departed N82 toward a ridgeline southeast of the airport; however, it remained just above the treetops and failed to climb, and the engine did not sound like it was operating properly.

Inspection of the accident site by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed the airplane descended nose first into the trees and came to rest inverted and mostly intact in a wooded area about 1,420 ft and 143° from the airport center. All major structural components of the airplane were located within a debris field limited to the size of the airplane. Damage to trees and to the airplane were consistent with a low-energy impact.

Both wings were substantially damaged, and the right wing was mostly impact separated at the wing root. The empennage remained mostly undamaged. There was a faint smell of fuel at the accident site; however, the fuel tank was undamaged and devoid of fuel, and no fuel was found in the fuel filter or fuel line coming from the fuel tank to the fuel pump.

The airplane and engine were retained for examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: QUAD CITY
Registration: N850RW
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: MGJ, 370 ft msl
Observation Time: 1854 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 10 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C / 19°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:Clear 
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 230°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.83 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Wurtsboro, NY (N82)
Destination: Wurtsboro, NY (N82)

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: 41.594722, -74.456389

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.

WURTSBORO, New York — One man died and one was injured when a plane crashed near  Wurtsboro-Sullivan County Airport in the Hudson Valley, state police officials said.

A Quad City Challenger II plane crashed near the airport around 7:10 p.m. Friday night, police said. Wurtsboro resident Eddy Santana was pronounced dead at the site of the crash and Poughkeepsie resident Raymond Ellery was airlifted to Westchester Medical Center suffering multiple injuries.

Both Santana, 41, and Ellery, 42, are licensed pilots, but police did not say who was in control of the plane at the time of the crash.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the cause of the plane crash, police said.


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