Sunday, December 05, 2021

Unknown or Undetermined: Quad City Challenger II, Unregistered; accident occurred July 04, 2021 in Ste. Genevieve County, Missouri

Aviation Accident Final Report - National Transportation Safety Board 

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; St. Louis, Missouri 

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board:

Location: Ste. Genevieve, Missouri
Accident Number: CEN21LA307
Date and Time: July 4, 2021, 19:47 Local 
Registration: Unregistered 
Aircraft: Quad City Challenger 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Unknown or undetermined 
Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal


The non-certificated pilot was conducting a local flight near a friend’s residence in an unregistered airplane. There were no witnesses to the accident. Following the accident, a local law enforcement officer briefly talked to the pilot, but no information was provided during this, or subsequent interview attempts to explain the sequence of events that preceded the accident. The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing and forward fuselage. Based on the available evidence, the reason the airplane impacted terrain could not be determined.

Probable Cause and Findings

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:
An impact with terrain for reasons that could not be determined based on available evidence.


Not determined (general) - Unknown/Not determined

Factual Information

History of Flight

Unknown Unknown or undetermined (Defining event)

Pilot Information

Certificate: None
Age: 62, Male
Airplane Rating(s): None 
Seat Occupied: Center
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None 
Restraint Used: None
Instrument Rating(s): None 
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed:
Medical Certification: None
Unknown Last FAA Medical Exam:
Occupational Pilot: No 
Last Flight Review or Equivalent:
Flight Time: (Estimated)

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Quad City 
Model/Series: Challenger II
Aircraft Category: Unknown
Year of Manufacture: 
Amateur Built: Yes
Airworthiness Certificate: None
Serial Number: Unknown
Landing Gear Type: Tailwheel
Date/Type of Last Inspection: Unknown 
Certified Max Gross Wt.:
Time Since Last Inspection: 
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 
Engine Manufacturer: Rotax
Engine Model/Series:
Registered Owner: 
Rated Power:
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual (VMC) 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KFAM,947 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 22 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 19:56 Local 
Direction from Accident Site: 235°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Visibility: 10 miles
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: 3 knots / 
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual:  /
Wind Direction: 160°
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual:  /
Altimeter Setting: 30.03 inches Hg 
Temperature/Dew Point: 27°C / 18°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Perryville, MO (PCD)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Ste. Genevieve, MO
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 19:20 Local
Type of Airspace: Class E

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries:
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries:
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Serious 
Latitude, Longitude: 37.974009,-90.04712(est)

1 comment:

  1. So the operator is not a licensed sport pilot and the aircraft is an unregistered LSA. The NTSB has finished its investigation. What will now happen to the operator? Will the FAA take action?