Friday, September 11, 2020

Quad City Challenger II ELSA, N56906: Fatal accident occurred September 10, 2020 in Sweetwater, Tennessee

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Nashville, Tennessee

14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, September 10, 2020 in Sweetwater, TN
Aircraft: QUAD CITY CHALLENGER, registration: N56906

NTSB investigators will use data provided by various entities, including, but not limited to, the Federal Aviation Administration and/or the operator, and will not travel in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft accident report.

Aircraft crashed in field due to unknown circumstances. 

Date: 10-SEP-20
Time: 20:00:00Z
Regis#: N56906
Aircraft Make: QUAD CITY
Aircraft Model: CHALLENGER II
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Total Fatal: 1
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: UNKNOWN (UNK)
Operation: 91

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Tim Williamson
July 19, 1967 - September 10, 2020

Timothy Wade Williamson, age 53 of Loudon, passed away Thursday, September 10, 2020 from injuries received in a flying accident.

Tim was born to Maurice Clair “MC” and Shirley May (Young) Williamson in Port Hueneme, CA. He served his country in the US Air Force. He was formerly employed with TECO Transport and Trade Company in Tampa as a Port Engineer. He was married to Laura Beth Sleeth Williamson for 22 years and they blended their family and enjoyed settling in East Tennessee.

Laura stated Tim cared about four things, God, Family, Friends and Flying. He became fascinated with flying at the early age of 15, hanging around the airstrips, catching a ride from whoever would give him one. From there he became determined to learn to fly himself. He piloted ultra-lite sport aircraft. He looked forward every year to the Sun & Fun air show in Lakeland, Florida where he had volunteered his time for the last 30 years.

Tim was preceded in death by his mother, Shirley Williamson in June of 2020. He is survived by his wife, Laura Williamson, Loudon; children, Cassie Dishon, FL, Michael (Bridgett) Williamson, Madisonville and Wade Williamson, II, Loudon; father, M.C. Williamson, FL; grandchildren, Kaleb Andrew and Kayce Barrett Williamson; sister Kimberly Wilder (Scott), and Kevin Williamson (Paula) all of Florida; nieces and nephews, Cory, Chase and Claire Wilder, Ashleigh and Chloe Williamson; special aunts and uncles, Carol, Louise, Joy, Charlie and Alvin and a lot of best friends.

A gathering remembering Tim will be held October 3rd at 3:00 pm at the West Wind Airpark in Sweetwater, TN. Please come prepared to share a special memory. Light refreshments and fellowshipping will follow the time of sharing.

A service with full military honors will be held at the National Veterans Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida where his remains will be laid to rest at a later date.
Timothy Wade Williamson

NIOTA, Tennessee — A Loudon County man died after a small plane crashed in McMinn County Thursday afternoon.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, a Quad City Challenger II plane crashed in a field in Niota around 4 p.m., killing the pilot.

Sheriff Joe Guy identified the pilot as Timothy W. Williamson.

“It appears the plane had taken off from a private airfield a few minutes before on County Road 322,” said Sheriff Guy.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.


  1. It was just registered on 8/24/20 to a GUYOR DAVID H.

    1. Was a Michigan-owner registration before that. Maybe Mr. Williamson was flight testing for the new owner.