Saturday, August 08, 2020

Quad City Challenger II Clip Wing, N990SS: Accident occurred August 02, 2020 in Jonesboro, Jackson Parish, Louisiana

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. 

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Location: Jonesboro, LA
Accident Number: CEN20LA322
Date & Time: 08/02/2020, 1904 CDT
Registration: N990SS
Injuries: 2 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal

On August 2, 2020, about 1904 central daylight time, an experimental, amateur-built Quad City Challenger II Special airplane, N990SS, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident near Jonesboro, Louisiana. The pilot and passenger sustained serious injuries. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

Witnesses reported that the airplane flew over their house. They heard the engine "backfire" and then it seemed to lose power. The airplane entered a gliding right turn, apparently attempting to return to the airport; however, they lost sight of it when it descended below the tree line.

The accident site was located in a wooded area about 3/4-mile north-northeast of the airport. An engine examination is planned once the airplane is recovered from the accident site.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: QUAD CITY
Registration: N990SS
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: RSN, 311 ft msl
Observation Time: 1855 CDT
Distance from Accident Site: 19 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 29°C / 21°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility: 10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.98 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: Jonesboro, LA (F88)
Destination: Jonesboro, LA (F88)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 1 Serious
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 32.213333, -92.729722

Jackson Parish Sheriff's Department

On August 2, 2020, the Jackson Parish Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call about a plane that had gone down west of the Jonesboro Airport in a wooded area. Responding units were able to locate the aircraft, which is described as a Quad City Challenger II Clip Wing.

The aircraft had two people onboard. They were both transported to Jackson Parish Hospital and airlifted to LSU-Shreveport. The passenger on board has been listed in critical condition and the pilot in stable condition with minor injuries.

Based off witnesses statements, it appears the aircraft had a engine malfunction. The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board were notified of the accident and is investigating the crash.

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